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Anime – Top Theme Songs

Every Saturday, Saturday Morning Slow Jams takes classic cartoon theme songs and turns them into ’90s r&b slow jams. Watch Andromeda bring some swagger to the Sailor Moon theme, with help from the 90s version of Tambourine Guy.

To earn points, tell us your favorite anime theme song!

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Graphic Design – History of Typography

In graphic design, type is power: power to express words and ideas visually. It’s timeless, but always changing. Watch this animated history of typography.

To earn points, watch the video and tell us which sans serif type created by a German designer is based on simple geometric shapes.

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Music – Covers

These covers mix it up across genres!

Bluegrass Heavy Metal

Broadway 20′s Snoop Dogg

Punk Rock Showtunes

Doo Wop Miley

Katy Perry Sung in 20 Styles

To earn points, find and share another example of a cross-genre cover.

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Music – Brain Benefits

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

To earn points, watch the video and fill in the blank:

“Playing music has been found to increase the volume and activity in the ____________, the bridge between the two hemispheres.”

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Music – How to Read Music

Like an actor’s script, a sheet of music instructs a musician on what to play (the pitch) and when to play it (the rhythm). Sheet music may look complicated, but once you’ve gotten the hang of a few simple elements like notes, bars and clefs, you’re ready to rock. Tim Hansen hits the instrumental basics you need to read music.

To earn points, watch the video and then tell us which notes are represented on the staff below. Your answer is the code!

Music Notation

 

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Music – Become a DJ

Ever wondered what it takes to become a DJ?

DJ and producer Cole Plante is only 17 years old, but he’s already worked alongside industry superstars Skrillex, Avicii and Major Lazer (to name just a few). In this video, he shows off his mixing magic and gives tips to aspiring DJs like yourselves!

His first tip is to find and study DJs that inspire you. To earn points, watch the video and find a DJ who inspires you by checking out some of the classic DJ legends or online resources he recommends.

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Music – Evolution of Music Online

The way we create, produce, listen to, and share music online has changed the music industry.

To earn points, watch the video and tell us what you think! How do you listen to and share music online? How do you think music is evolving?

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Music – Anatomy of a Dance Hit

Have you ever wondered why some songs just make you want to dance?

To earn points, listen to NPR’s podcast about the Anatomy of a Dance Hit and fill in the blank:

“Classic dance tunes in disco, funk, hip-hop, and r&b hit this sweet spot in syncopation. These tracks seem to have a balance between predictability and _________ when it comes to the rhythmic structure.”