Music is like a language which everyone understands. It is an art form capable of generating great emotional response. Meet some of the world's famous composers and musical performers in this collection of music-based stories.

Music Chapters

As "The Nutcracker" tale comes to a close, expect the unexpected for Marie and The Nutcracker.

Marie believes that she is on a tour of a magical metropolis, with Nutcracker, but then she wakes up. Was she dreaming or did Nutcracker deliver her s...

As Nutcracker resumes his ability to speak, he visits Marie. Asking her to travel with him, to see wonderful things, Nutcracker assures Marie that she...

Once again the Nutcracker comes to life, this time eliminating the threat of the Mouse King by ending the seven-headed monster's life.

As Drosselmeier concludes his story, Marie begins to wonder if the Nutcracker is actually her Godfather's nephew.

Music Learning Tasks

Analyze How Complex Characters Develop

Analyze Story Elements

Use Details to Describe a Character, Setting, or Event

Music Audios

Cowboys of the "Old West" sang songs about their work (and the trouble they got into). This is an example.

In this audio-clip, we hear the Star-Spangled Banner as it would have sounded in 1854.

The words of Francis Scott Key's poem (The Star-Spangled Banner) were set to the music of a popular English tune known as To Anacreon in Heaven.

Taps is a 24-note bugle call which marks one of two events:  It signals that all unauthorized lights must be extinguished.  This is the l...

Music Audio Narrations

We know how Beethoven appeared on his deathbed because a sketch of the maestro - during his last hours - survives.

Beethoven's autopsy report reveals much about his deafness and some interesting facts about his cause of death.

Not only was he a brilliant composer, Beethoven was also a brilliant pianist.

Music Documents

Image of the of the song sheet for A Drunkard's Child, song and lyrics, fourth page. Click on the image to expand its view.  It should be large-...

Image of the first page of the song sheet for The Drunkard's Child with music and lyrics. Click on the image to expand its view.  It should be l...

Learn the story of how Nkosi Sikelele became part of South Africa's national anthem and meet the young man who wrote the song.

This sheet music, of the "Star-Spangled Banner," is from the nineteenth-century.  The poem, by Francis Scott Key, was set to the music of a popul...

 After he conducted an autopsy on Beethoven's body - on March 27, 1827 - Dr. Johann Wagner prepared his report.  He noted the following rega...

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