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Music DVDs Offered by Penn State Media Sales

Bel Canto/Can Belto

Bel Canto/Can Belto, a DVD tutorial for teaching women to sing musical theatre. Mary Saunders teaches belting and the mixed middle voice. Video includes: practical vocalises for the studio, a sampling of proficient young belters at work, Mary Saunders discussing the "authentic speaking voice" and the critical development of the mixed middle voice. Additional materials include recommended belt repertoire for the studio.

A Spirit Here Today

Documents the lives and music of Mozambique's Chopi people, beginning with a visit by anthropologist Gei Zantzinger in 1973 and contrasting those scenes with what was left of the Chopi way of life some twenty years later. Describes the impact of sixteen years of civil war and four years of drought, emphasizing that these once self-sufficient people have kept their great sense of pride and a remarkable level of hope. Narrated by Franka Insinger. Directed and produced by Gei Zantzinger, in associationwith the International Library of African Music, Rhodes University, Republic of South Africa.

The 1973 Mgodo wa Mkandeni

A complete performance of traditional music and dance composed by a Chopi village in southern Mozambique. Dancers are accompanied by xylophone orchestras. Illustrates the use of instruments tuned in several pitches, the high development of timbila (xylophones), and the structure of Chopi music. Study guide included. (Ref: Tracey, H., Chopi Musicians, Oxford University Press, 1970.) Produced by Gei Zantzinger and Andrew Tracey.

Selma Jam

Documenting a traditional way of music and entertainment, Selma Jam profiles musicians who gather in Selma, Iowa each month to share their unique music. Fiddles, banjos, guitars and harmonicas fill the air with music as some play, some listen, and all enjoy. An important look at Iowa folk songs and how they are passed to each generation, Selma Jam gives insight into a closely knit group of people in rural middle America and what their music means to them. Selma Jam appeals to a wide range of ages and interest groups including folklorists and teachers of American folk music, teachers of the humanities, folk musicians and our older generation.

Ca Dao: The Folk Poetry of Vietnam

Professor Tran Van Khe, University of Paris musicologist, discusses ca dao, the traditional voice of the Vietnamese people. His comments are accompanied by scenes of the Vietnamese landscape and of ordinary Vietnamese people singing and making poetry according to traditional melodies. Khe and his daughter, Ngoc Thuy, sing ca dao and play traditional Vietnamese instrumental music on the 16-string zither, the danh tranh, and the one-string viol, the danh co. (Ref: Balaban, J.A., Ca Dao Vietnam, Unicorn Press, 1980.) Translator and consultant: John A. Balaban. Produced by David Grubin.

Gee, Officer Krupke

Documents the rehearsal of the "Gee, Officer Krupke" scene from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, and its ultimate public performance by a college theater group. Print material included. Dr. Edward A. Mason. Blue Ribbon winner, American Film Festival.

Chiz Rider

Documentary about a State College, PA native and his inspirational trumpet playing. WPSX-TV

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1990 Chiz Rider

Basic Music Vocabulary

The study of music involves learning some specialized vocabulary. This video defines the essential terms and expressions and illustrates each item with examples. ©2001

Let's Dance Swing featuring John Hill

Professional dance instructor John Hill's charm, humor and effortless teaching style will have you up and dancing the Lindy and the Jitterbug quickly, regardless of skill level. Through easy-to-follow instructions, you will learn classic swing dance moves from beginners' steps to elaborate kicks and spins all within the privacy of your own home. The Let's Dance Swing DVD features over 90 minutes of dance instruction and interactive menus that allow you to quickly access the Swing steps you want to learn.

Let's Dance Salsa--Beginning Lessons 1

Let's Dance Salsa - Beginning Lessons 1 takes a new approach to teaching Salsa dancing! Professional dance instructor Marlon Silva teaches beginners and experts alike with his step-by-step detailed instruction. His technique breaks all Salsa moves and combos down into building blocks, which are then assembled into more complicated moves that can be adapted to any music or club atmosphere. Rather than teaching by counting steps, Marlon's method has taught thousands of students around the country to dance in less time with greater ease. Marlon starts the Let's Dance Salsa series off at the ground level with the first building block from which all moves stem: beginning Salsa dance steps! With step-by-step instruction and detailed foot and hand movements, Marlon and Susie Neff show how to look good and stay in step with the music. Marlon takes the steps from the first lesson and adds a second building block: spinning. While teaching the beginning steps, he leads the student into the first spins and back into the steps.

Let's Dance Salsa--Beginning Lessons 2

Let's Dance Salsa - Beginning Lessons 2 takes a new approach to teaching Salsa dancing! Professional dance instructor Marlon Silva teaches beginners and experts alike with his step-by-step detailed instruction. His technique breaks all Salsa moves and combos down into building blocks, which are then assembled into more complicated moves that can be adapted to any music or club atmosphere. Rather than teaching by counting steps, Marlon's method has taught thousands of students around the country to dance in less time with greater ease. Other building blocks are added in Beginning Lessons 2 as Marlon teaches couples to dance, keep step and spin together. Marlon and Susie Neff teach a variety of moves such as spinning your partner, spinning around your partner, and the complex "push-pull" spin, which is used later in more advanced moves. Each lesson is built on the previous one in the building block method, and is illustrated with repeated, clear movements, step-by-step instruction, close-ups of hands and feet and slow motion.

Let's Dance Salsa--Intermediate Lessons

Let's Dance Salsa - Intermediate Lessons takes a new approach to teaching Salsa dancing! Professional dance instructor Marlon Silva teaches beginners and experts alike with his step-by-step detailed instruction. His technique breaks all Salsa moves and combos down into building blocks, which are then assembled into more complicated moves that can be adapted to any music or club atmosphere. Rather than teaching by counting steps, Marlon's method has taught thousands of students around the country to dance in less time with greater ease. After the beginning dancers have become confident with their basic salsa moves, Marlon's Intermediate Lessons take them one step higher with new combinations and expert moves! He teaches new, advanced steps building from the beginning lessons, and illustrates new moves like the Cape, the Duck and the Tunnel, which stem from the previous spins and couple-dancing lessons.

Let's Dance Salsa - Advanced and Expert Combinations

Let's Dance Salsa Advanced and Expert Combinations takes a new approach to teaching Salsa dancing! Professional dance instructor Marlon Silva teaches beginners and experts alike with his step-by-step detailed instruction. His technique breaks all Salsa moves and combos down into building blocks, which are then assembled into more complicated moves that can be adapted to any music or club atmosphere. Rather than teaching by counting steps, Marlon's method has taught thousands of students around the country to dance in less time with greater ease. After mastering all the steps and moves from the beginner and intermediate lessons, the Let's Dance Salsa dancer graduates to Marlon's advanced and expert lessons. With these sophisticated lessons, Marlon teaches competition techniques like the Square Dance and Leader's Blender. He and Susie Neff offer detailed demonstrations of advanced dipping moves and teach dancers how to reverse previously learned combinations with different hand positions and styles.  

Let's Dance Salsa--Team Dancing

Let's Dance Salsa - Team Dancing takes a new approach to teaching Salsa dancing! Professional dance instructor Marlon Silva teaches beginners and experts alike with his step-by-step detailed instruction. His technique breaks all Salsa moves and combos down into building blocks, which are then assembled into more complicated moves that can be adapted to any music or club atmosphere. Rather than teaching by counting steps, Marlon's method has taught thousands of students around the country to dance in less time with greater ease. With this unique step-by-step video you will learn how to switch multiple partners, dance in trios and master the beautiful Casino Rueda. This 90-minute lesson teaches all of the advanced Salsa moves required while dancing with more than one partner on the dance floor.

Let's Dance Salsa--Ultimate Collection

The Let's Dance Salsa - Ultimate Collection 4 DVD Set takes a new approach to teaching Salsa dancing! Professional dance instructor Marlon Silva teaches beginners and experts alike with his step-by-step detailed instruction. His technique breaks all Salsa moves and combos down into building blocks, which are then assembled into more complicated moves that can be adapted to any music or club atmosphere. Rather than teaching by counting steps, Marlon's method has taught thousands of students around the country to dance in less time with greater ease. This is the ultimate collection to take you from beginner to expert in salsa dance. This set includes the first 4 DVDs of Marlon Silva's premium Salsa dance instruction, which will take you from beginner to expert with tricks and tips unavailable anywhere else. Marlon's method first establishes a foundation of Salsa essentials, and then adds building blocks, one by one, to ensure comfort and confidence. Advanced steps are merely combinations of the basic building blocks. Enjoy these fun, sexy and easy-to-follow lessons on high-quality video in the privacy of your own home. After these DVDs you will be the master of all that is Salsa dancing!

The 1973 Mgodo wa Mbanguzi

A complete performance of traditional music and dance composed by a Chopi village in southern Mozambique. Dancers are accompanied by xylophone orchestras. Words in song are subtitled in Chopi and English. The complete record provides data for analysis in both ethnomusicology and dance. (Ref: Tracey, H., Chopi Musicians, Oxford University Press, 1970.) Produced by Gei Zantzinger and Andrew Tracey.

Phoenix of Music: The Harp

"Due to the lack of understanding and information, the exciting dimensions of the harp can often be overlooked," says international test winner Georganne Cassat, former harpist in residence at the University of Iowa. "Many students of music hold the misconception that the harp is a difficult instrument to compose for and incorporate into a large body of orchestration." The Phoenix of Music: The Harp makes it interesting to learn the history and development of this multi-faceted instrument while presenting the performance of both classical and contemporary harp music by an outstanding harpist. Including compositions and techniques, Ms. Cassat has created a delightful series of vignettes about this magical instrument, " ... one of the most versatile sound resources available today."

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