Hear Here! | Chocolate Music

In this bonus episode of ‘Hear Here!’ listen as WSKG’s Sam Goodyear talks about how music can be used to intrigue and build anticipation in an original piece he calls ‘Chocolate Music’.

Hear Here! | Let’s Listen Together

This episode is all about sharing and listening. Moms, Dads and their kids share music they like. They talk about why they like it, and how it makes them feel. We also meet therapeutic harpist Jayne Demakos who plays for people living in a nursing home. 

This episode was produced by Dan Davis. Sarah Gager is the Executive Producer.

Hear Here! | Biddle De Bop

How is voice used in jazz? We’ll learn about improvisations, other vocal techniques, and listen to some big band singing. We will also hear from Catherine Gale, an Ithaca, NY based jazz singer and teacher. Biddle De Bop was produced by Celia Clarke and edited by Gabe Altieri. Additional editing support comes from Monica Sandreczki.

Hear Here! | A One-Woman Show?

During a tech rehearsal of the theatre piece “Bitter Banquet” we will hear from Ithaca-based composer/performer Annie Lewandowski who is at home with both classical music and rock.  We will learn about the journey from composition to performance, and how many people it takes to present a “one-woman” show. A One-Woman Show? was produced by Bill Snyder and edited by Monica Sandreczki. Additional support comes from Nancy Coddington.

Hear Here! | LOL

Some people think that classical music is lifeless and boring. They might be in for some surprises during this episode of Hear Here! Classical music can be amusing, funny, or just plain wacky, like the soundtrack of a crazy cartoon. We will discover how music can actually make us laugh. LOL was produced by Sam Goodyear and edited by Gabe Altieri.

Hear Here! | Can’t Never Did Nothing

Come along as singer-songwriter Joe Crookston explores the world of music, sound and songwriting! What kind of sound do various instruments make? How do stories and sounds then turn into songs? Let’s find out together! Can’t Never Did Nothing was produced by Crystal Sarakas and edited by Gabe Altieri.

Hear Here! | Hip-Hop and How it Got That Way

When you hear ‘Hip-Hop’ what comes to mind? DJs, MCs, beat-juggling, graffiti… Yep, you’ve got it! We’re going to explore the roots and music of hip-hop. Special guests Ben Ortiz of the Cornell Hip-Hop Conservancy and DJ ShockWave help us along the way.

Hear Here! | Singing to Freedom: Slave Songs and the Underground Railroad



Many of us know and love traditional spirituals like Swing Low, Sweet Chariot or Wade in the Water. But a lesser known aspect is that many of these songs served as coded messages for the Underground Railroad. We’ll explore the connection between slavery and the songs that slaves sang on their way to freedom. (Producer: Crystal Sarakas)

Classroom Resources

No Man Can Hinder Me: The Journey From Slavery to Emancipation Through Song by Velma Maia Thomas

‘Coded Spirituals’ | A full teacher resource gallery from PBS LearningMedia. Follow the Drinking Gourd | This book, song video, and Reading Rainbow episode offer kids.

Hear Here! | From Kid to Musician

Brian Manker went to school in upstate New York in the Endwell, Vestal, and Binghamton communities. He wanted to be a football player, but then he discovered

the cello.  Now he’s the principal cello for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Produced by Bill Snyder. Post-Listen Discussion Questions:

Where did Brian Manker grow up?

Hear Here! | Found Sound

Traditional instruments are not necessary to make music! In this episode: an orchestra who plays vegetables, a professor who builds instruments using found objects, and a pioneer of early electronic music, Delia Derbyshire, who would record a seemingly simple sound and then manipulate that tape to create complex music. Plus, WSKG staffers compose a song, but their only instruments are things they can find on their desks! (Produced by Sarah Gager)

Feeling inspired? Check out these activities for at-home or classroom!