About This Product
With equal emphasis on recordings of live performances and documentaries, this collection spans both time and space to cover a wide variety of music and dance from around the world and throughout history. Opera, jazz, and classical. Ballet, modern, and step dancing. It’s all here.
This collection is available as a single-subject collection or as part of the Films On Demand Master Academic Collection.
- The Heritage of Chinese Culture and Dance – with beautiful sights and sounds, this series provides a rare glimpse into Chinese culture through the introduction of seven representative dance forms.
- Botso: The Teacher from Tbilisi – chronicles the remarkable life of Wachtang “Botso” Korisheli, from digging frontline trenches for the Russian Army, surrendering to the Nazis, and escaping to America to becoming a music teacher, setting up his own conservatory, his impact on his former students, and returning to the country of his birth.
- BBoys: A History of Breakdance – from its beginnings on the streets of New York 40 years ago, breakdancing has become the style of street dance for young people around the world. The epic nine-part series documents the rise of breaking as told by its biggest stars.
- Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns – the definitive 10-part documentary that both studies and celebrates America’s greatest original art form.
- Howard Goodall’s Big Bangs: Turning Points in Music History – from the centuries-old invention of the thin red line in musical notation to the modern world of recorded sound, this captivating five-hour series examines landmark moments in music history.
- Harmonics: The Innovators of Classical Music – a 10-part series of portraits of composers who changed the way music is made, including Arthur Rubinstein, Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Luciano Pavarotti, Karl Richter, Mischa Maisky, Klaus Tennstedt, José Van Dam, Dame Janet Baker, and Glenn Gould.
- Tap Dance History: From Vaudeville to Film – presents a collection of rarely seen original film footage with every selection carefully researched by Andrew J. Nemr of the Tap Legacy™ Foundation and selected to educate and enlighten dance professionals and aficionados alike.
- La Paloma: The History and Mystery of the World’s Most Popular Song – a mix of music history and ethnomusicology, this documentary tries to explain the enchanting power of the most frequently played song in the world.
- Too Close to Heaven: The History of Gospel Music – a two-hour documentary that traces the 200-year history of the American art form of gospel music through narration, interviews, and thrilling performance footage.
- Documentaries (many EXCLUSIVE) on dance styles and cultures from around the world, including Of Beauty and Deities: Music and Dance of India; A Zest for Life: Afro-Peruvian Rhythms, a Source of Latin Jazz; Japanese Dance: Succession of a Kyomai Master; Many Steps; The World of American Indian Dance; and more.
- Genres in Music: From Handel to Hip-Hop – a wide-ranging introductory overview of what music is, has been, and can be.
- The Art of Conducting: The Greatest Conductors of the 20th Century – a four-part series documenting the greatest conductors of the 20th century: Wilhelm Furtwängler, Leopold Stokowski, Richard Strauss, Bruno Walter, Arturo Toscanini, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer, Leonard Bernstein, and more.
- Discovery Orchestra Chats – more than 25 short videos that help listeners connect with classical music. Featuring Maestro George Marriner Maull.
- Keeper of the Beat: A Woman’s Journey into the Heart of Drumming – an award-winning documentary on the life and music of Barbara Borden, an acclaimed and pioneering drummer, composer, and teacher. It tells her inspiring life story in eloquent words and toe-tapping music.
All titles are segmented into short, pedagogical clips, ideal for intermittent use during classroom lectures. For classwork viewing, students can choose to watch an entire film without interruption. Titles within the collection are sorted across distinct, browsable subject categories, enabling refined searches for available titles in specific topic areas.
- Unlimited access from your computer/laptop, tablet, or phone—on campus or off
- Create and share playlists—use premade clips, full videos, or custom segments to engage students
- Add a personalized video introduction to any playlist you create
- Upload the proprietary digital video content you already own and use (like lectures, seminars, etc.) to the platform
- Captions, interactive transcripts, citations, Google Translate, and more
- New videos added at no additional cost
- Videos can be easily added to LibGuides, distance education courses, social media platforms, and LMSs such as D2L, Canvas, Moodle, and others
- Public performance rights and no copyright infringement
- Keyword tags for all content, linking to related material