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Started: July 22nd, 2021

Status: Active, 26 episodes

Kind: Episodic

Language: English

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It’s Electric!
07:06 | Season: 3 | Episode: 6 | October 24th, 2023

Electronic instruments like synthesizers and computer software use electricity to make sound. They’ve also changed music. The electrophone instrument family expands the range of musical colors in a composer’s toolkit. In this episode, check out how musicians like Dua Lipa, T La Rock and Yellow Magic Orchestra infuse their pieces with all kinds of electrophone tones and color.

Raise Your Voice!
07:51 | Season: 3 | Episode: 5 | October 17th, 2023

People can make amazing music using their voice. In this episode, it’s all about the power and range of the human voice. Get ready to hear all kinds of vocal techniques – from beatboxing to scatting to yodeling. You’ll hear how musicians like Bobby McFerrin, Sarah Vaughan and the Baka people use these techniques to connect with their cultures and add meaning to their songs.

Good Vibrations
06:10 | Season: 3 | Episode: 4 | October 10th, 2023

In this episode, we check out instruments that musicians use to deliver some amazing rhythmic impact. Idiophones make sound from the vibrations of an instrument’s body. A lot of the time, musicians whack them or shake them rhythmically. Let’s talk about how musicians like Ruth Brown, Los Angeles Azules and Queens of the Stone Age use idiophones to give us exciting percussion parts full of accents and syncopation.

Drumroll Please!
07:04 | Season: 3 | Episode: 3 | October 3rd, 2023

In this episode, the spotlight is on membranophones! Membranophones make sound from the vibration of a tightly stretched material. Think of drums that you strike to make a sound. But there are other cool membranophones. Let’s get to know more about these instruments and the musicians who bring us the beats, like The White Stripes, Bomba Con Buya and Ciara.

Take a Deep Breath!
06:06 | Season: 3 | Episode: 2 | September 26th, 2023

Musicians who use the power of air breathe life into the music they play. They create beautiful and ear-catching melodies. The instruments they play are called aerophones. In this episode, we talk about aerophones and the musicians like Astor Piazzolla, Harry Styles and Francis Bebey who use these instruments to create gorgeous notes and melodies.

Strings And Things
07:10 | Season: 3 | Episode: 1 | September 19th, 2023

All around the world, musicians use stringed instruments to make music. The way musicians play these instruments creates beautiful and distinctive sounds. In this episode, say hello to chordophones! Chordophones are instruments that make sound from the vibration of strings. Checkout how musicians like John Legend, Michiyo Yagi and Johann Strauss II have made chordophones sing with different articulations.

In Season 3, Meet Some Incredible Instruments (And Their Families!)
03:20 | Season: 3 | September 1st, 2023

Music Blocks, the music appreciation podcast about the building blocks that make up your favorite sounds, returns Sept. 19 with a fresh batch of exciting musical explorations!

Yes You Can! Stories of Empowerment
06:06 | Season: 2 | Episode: 8 | September 9th, 2022

Sometimes you need a little extra motivation, and music is a great place to look for it. A well-crafted song can tell a story that makes listeners feel confident, carefree or powerful. If you love uplifting choruses and pounding beats, check out these empowerment anthems by artists like Run-DMC, Koji Kondo and Jane Zhang.

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Started: July 22nd, 2021
Status: Active, 26 episodes
Kind: Episodic
Language: English

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