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Making America’s Music: Rhythm, Roots & Rhyme

National Traveling Exhibition

Tour began Summer 2003

 

This national traveling exhibition celebrates the joy and diversity of American music and the people who make and enjoy it. We developed and designed it for the Boston Children’s Museum and its partner, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with two key goals in mind: to promote a lifelong love and appreciation of music and to encourage active participation in music making.

Making America's Music
Making America's Music
Making America's Music
Making America's Music
Making America's Music
Making America's Music
Making America's Music
Making America's Music

The exhibition is filled with hands-on, ears-on activities in playful settings that evoke the flavor and spirit of iconic musical genres from jazz to country, from rock to rap.

You’re the Conductor!
Gesture recognition software enables children’s baton motions to control the tempo of the Boston Pops playing their signature rendition of “Stars & Stripes Forever,” performed and filmed exclusively for this “must-do” component of the exhibition.

Jumpin’ Jazz Club
Karaoke role-play puts you on camera and on-mic as the vocalist backed by the Mother Goose Jazz Band in jazz renditions of such hits as Three Blind Mice. All songs are children’s classics, so kids too young to read can sing along.

Travelin’ Tour Bus
A ‘faultless’ jam session in the back of this country band’s tour bus invites you and two other band members to strum along on an acoustic or electric guitar, or tickle the ivories. Custom software developed for this component facilitates group music-making that feels user-created, but requires no musical training or skill to sound great.

Travelin’ Tour Bus
A ‘faultless’ jam session in the back of this country band’s tour bus invites you and two other band members to strum along on an acoustic or electric guitar, or tickle the ivories. Custom software developed for this component facilitates group music-making that feels user-created, but requires no musical training or skill to sound great.

Music Muse
A friendly music educator stars as the Music Muse in the exhibition’s three custom-designed multimedia experiences. Each introduces a basic element of music—tempo, melody and tone color.

Street Beat
In this urban streetscape, the fence is a marimba-like instrument on which you can create some impressive sounding music. Group drumming and hip-hop sound sampling add appeal for older audiences.

School Gym
Start by following the on-screen dance instructor, then twist, disco, conga, or hip-hop, moving to the beat of your choosing in a school gym themed for the big dance. See yourself rock out on the big screen.

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