Why do people decide to retire?
Here are a couple of videos about Elton John, who recently announced he’ll be retiring from touring.
A possible compare/contrast task: Compare his career and reasons for retiring to, say, Namie Amuro (letter in both Japanese and English) or another singer, entertainer, athlete (etc.) you like who has retired.
This glockenspiel with Raspberry Pi will play your Christmas carol requests if you tweet them: @NUSTEMxmas
What’s the difference between a glockenspiel and a xylophone? Here’s a robotic explanation:
やっぱり a human playing a glockenspiel is better. And this song makes me think of Christmas too.
A pianist improvising in the styles of many famous composers. These three minutes are much more fun than hours of music theory classes, I suppose. And you can learn how to say this musical vocabulary in English (along with some tongue-in-cheek comments from the composers themselves).
A short animated interview with South African pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim about improvisation in life and in music, as he reflects on his youth under Apartheid:
Read more about the artist in the profile from the Guardian from 2001:
Listen to his music from the Library of Congress on YouTube: