The listening activities here have
been excerpted and adapted from those
included in the NSO Education Cuesheet
(performance guide) for the Xploring
Xtremes concert. In order to
make these activities usable across
the Internet, the audio clips have
been edited and converted into files
that can be used on a computer or
Musical selections for the concert
program and listening activities for
this site are created for online and
offline use. There are two options:
you may use the streaming
RealAudio files or download MP3
files. Information and direct
links are below. If you need help
deciding, visit our Tips
and Troubleshooting guide at the
bottom of this page.
To complete the activities online
on a typical school network, you can
simply click on the link and a RealMedia
streaming file will automatically
play. However, if you are experiencing
difficulty getting the files to play,
prefer better quality files, or wish
to do the activities offline, please
see the sections below.
Streaming files are for use on a
computer connected to the Internet.
They do not download to your computer.
You will need the RealPlayer to hear
The clip included on each activity
page is optimized for school networks.
We suggest you use these clips; however,
some users will find they have problems
staying connected, or (on very fast
systems) the quality could be better.
In these cases, you should customize
your activities by using the links
MP3 files are files that are downloaded
to a computer's hard drive for playback.
This is useful if you you want to
be able to use the listening activities
or program selections offline. If
you have a VERY good connection and
want high-quality stereo clips, use
We suggest you download the Xploring
Xtremes Cuesheet and use it to
guide the activities. Your clips can
be used on a computer or installed
on an MP3 player.
These music clips are presented for
educational use only, and may not
be distributed or copied in any form.
For more information, see the Credits
How do I know which format
Each file is presented in 3 versions:
fast, for modem users
connected at 30 kpbs and above; faster,
for T1 and other medium-sized connections,
and fastest, for
If you are at school or on another
public network, you can safely choose
"faster" as your connection
speed. We do not recommend these files
for users connected at speeds lower
than 30 kpbs (usually, 28.8 modems
or 56k modems on low connections.)
Why can't I access the MP3s?
If you are using the MP3s, check
to make sure you can download these
materials onto the computer you are
using. For some, a firewall or other
network security feature may not allow
downloads; please check with your
Systems Administrator or computer
teacher first. It is recommended that
users have a very fast connection
to the Internet to download these
Some browsers allow you to connect
directly to an MP3 over the Internet
(without downloading it). Again, check
with your administrator.
The streaming clips are stopping
or "hiccuping" while being
This hesitation (or sometimes complete
halting) of a stream is due to many
factors. The best way for the user
to solve the issue is to select a
lower-bitrate file. If you are on
a modem connection, choose the 'fast'
files from the boxes above (you can
still use the individual pages by
keeping this page open in a separate
window and launching the audio from