An inspiring global education for kids and their families.


All Around This World is a unique, interactive global music and world cultures program for children 0-9 years old  that encourages children and their families to explore the world by enjoying global music, rhythms and movement. Jay Sand, guitarist and children’s music teacher, world traveler and dad of three girls developed All Around This World with his girls as a way to introduce them to the countries he’s already visited and the many more he plans to visit with them.



by Jay

For Your Consideration — All Around This World: Africa

All Around This World humbly submits, for the consideration of NARAS members who are eligible to vote in the upcoming 58th GRAMMY awards, All Around This World: Africa, a 32-song double CD set that introduces kids and their families to music and cultures from all over the continent. Visit the All Around This World: Africa “For Your Consideration” page to listen to a sampler or to the whole CD, to see liner notes and find each of the songs on an illustrated map, and to learn about the more than 40 musicians from all over the U.S. and 10 African nations who build the music with our bare hands. AATW--Africa CD cover by Sarajo (final--front)


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HURRAH! Bolstered by extremely generous donations of extremely generous All Around This World supporters, All Around This World is now making FULL SCHOLARSHIPS to Explore Everywhere, All Around This World’s dynamic daily learning program, available to . . .


That’s right. Thanks to supporters of All Around This World’s “1000 Classroom Campaign” there are now 1000 scholarships available, giving up to 25,000 kids full access to great global learning.  This is for your classroom. And yours. And 998 more.
“Explore Everywhere” is All Around This World’s always-online multimedia learning program that provides inspiring international cultural and musical lessons meant to inspire REAL LIFE global learning experiences for explorers of all ages. Scholarships are available for the 2016-2017 school year, so let’s plan ahead!

This scholarship is for the “Everything Plan,” which includes lesson plans, teacher training videos and access to training webinars and other ample resources to help you share this wonderful material with your students. There are songs, dances and activities for kids of all ages, but the lessons will work especially well for kids from 4 – 12 years old.

“Full scholarship” = FREE. You won’t have to buy anything extra. This 100% scholarship is available anywhere you can access the Internet. Sorry to say, at this time individual families aren’t eligible. (though if you want to support a family scholarship fund, I’m all ears.)

INTERESTED? QUESTIONS? CONTACT ME TODAY!  And by all means spread the word. “1000 scholarships” sure sounds like a lot, but, honestly, Explore Everywhere is incredibly cool. This is something your friends should not miss.

Magnificent Morocco

Explore Everywehre--Let's Eat Moroccan Sweet Couscous

This week (August 10-16) Explore Everywhere took subscribers to Morocco where we mused about the King, met magical musicians and learned how to cook couscous.

Algeria is Amazing

This week (August 3-9) Explore Everywhere took subscribers to Algeria, a substantial North African nation where we befriended Berbers and Bedouins, Cheikas and Colonizers,
Fundamentalists and the French, Survivors and Saints. In our Algerian “During Dinner Playlist” we met all sorts of Algerian music, from Chaabi to Malouf to Rai.

Bravo, Burundi!


This week (July 27- August 2) we took a detour from our usual Explore Everywhere travels to test some quizzes and games for “big kids” (7 and up). What do you know about Burundi? Do you know ANYTHING about Burundi? Whatever you know, you’ll know a whole lot more after visiting All Around This World’s page on Try the “getting to know Burundi quiz first, then go to the folder labeled Burundi for more games. Hint: Start with the simpler quizzes, remember what you learned and the more challenging activities will be a breeze.

Ethiopia is EXCITING

Explore Everywehre--Let's Eat Ethiopian Food

This week (July 20-26) in Explore Everywhere all the learning we’re doing made us HUNGRY so we went out for Ethiopian food. On the way we learned about injera, wat and how to eat when in Addis. We also shook our shoulders while dancing the Eskista, and mellowed to Ethiopian jazz.

Let’s Travel to Tanzania

All Around This World--Tanzania (Celebrate Mwaka Kogwa)

This week (July 13-19) in Explore Everywhere we journeyed to the East African nation of Tanzania where we celebrated the new year by hitting each other with banana leaves and then hopped like Wagogo frogs.

Follow Us to Uganda

All Around This Word--Africa Dance-Along (The Ugandan Amagunjju)

This week (July 6-12) in Explore Everywhere we began our country-by-country tour of Africa, starting in Uganda where we demanded raspberries, cooked sweet flat bread, sang duets in dual languages and danced to cheer the King.

African Instruments–I’ve Got the World on a String

All Around This World--It's Instrumental (Make a Simple Sintir)

This week (June 29-July 5) in Explore Everywhere we made fake flutes, a phony balaphon and a simulated North African sintir, all the while learning about African instruments that made glorious noise when you hit them with mallets, pluck them with your fingers or blow air through them from one end to the next.