All Around This World is a unique, interactive music program for children 0-9 years old  that encourages kids and their families to explore the world by enjoying global music, rhythms and movement. Jay Sand, guitarist and children’s music teacher, dad of three girls and world traveler (much more so before he became the 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

Hands-on Bomba workshop for kids in Philly on November 1

Alberto Pagan-RamirezAll Around This World Philadelphia announces an exciting collaboration with International House, one of Philadelphia’s premier hubs of international cultural programming, to offer interactive, informative and FUN hands-on cultural workshops for families with small kids. Programs will be 2pm the first Saturday of every month, starting November 1st.


Everyone will love drumming, humming and dancing with the Puerto Rican bomba rythms and chants of drummer, performer, singer and educator Alberto Pagán-Ramírez.

DATE: Saturday, November 1st, 2014
TIME: 2pm. (approximately 45 minutes)
LOCATION: International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street in West Philly
COST: $5 per person 2 years and up, at most $15 per family. International House Members FREE.
AGES: Appropriate for families with children from infants to 8 years old.


Upcoming workshops

– December 6, Samba drumming with PhillyBloco’s Jay Beck
– January 3: to be determined. (likely capoeira)
– February 7: Malian drumming with Ira Bond
– March 7: Dende (Afro-Brazilian drumming)
– April 4: African dance and movement with Adwoa Tacheampong
– May 2: Bhangra dancing!
– June 6: tabla with Daniel Ando Scholnick

“International House Philadelphia has a critical three-fold mission: to maintain a diverse and welcoming community for scholars from around the world, while introducing them to the American experience; to broaden the horizons of its residents and the Greater Philadelphia community through high quality international arts and humanities programs; and to encourage understanding, respect, and cooperation among the people of all nations.”



AATW South and Central Asia tracking done . . . now we mix!

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So many exciting things happened in the AATW world this summer, and I look forward to sharing the results of them with you this fall and beyond. One of the most exciting advances is that a multinational coalition of musical magicians, led by tabla master and revered guru Samir Chatterjee, finished final tracking for All Around This World: South and Central Asia, which will ultimately become a two CD set featuring 34 songs from all over the region, especially India. Samir called together phenomenal musicians from far and wide to create the easily enjoyable yet complexly layered music that will populate the CD. If you’re an educator in a home or school environment you will be able to have access to the AATW: South and Central Asia “classroom kit” in the spring. The rest of us … we have a huge springtime 2015 AATW: Africa release to wade through before we get there. But we’ll get there.

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Meet the All Around This World Global Orchestra

AATW Global Orchestra11Much appreciation for everyone who came out to World Cafe Live in Philadelphia to greet the All Around This World Global Orchestra. The band and I had a phenomenal time performing for you, and we hope you had just as much fun singing and dancing along. For everyone who didn’t make it — even though World Cafe was pretty full on June 21st, the no-show list still numbers more than 7 billion — you shouldn’t give up hope. Just convince your school or family-friendly music festival to book the Global Orchestra some time in 2015 for a day-long global music educational workshop culminating in a crazy-great concert or an amazing show-stopping main stage performance. For information about the band, visit the Glocal Orchestra page at

Big AATW Event in Philadelphia June 21st

June 21st AATW concert postcard



Join me for an unprecedented, family-friendly but NOT JUST FOR KIDS All Around This World live event from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, June 21st at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, to CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL MAKE YOUR OWN INSTRUMENT DAY with hands-on instrument-making and the debut of the All Around This World Global Orchestra, a 9 (maybe 10) piece electric band that will perform songs from AATW’s Latin America, Africa, South and Central Asia and Caribbean seasons. Tickets are $10 at the door or through the World Cafe Live site, though contact me directly for a VIP deal.

Featuring very special guest, DARIA, who will be leading the instrument-building based on her awesome global instrument-making guides. With Daria’s guidance we will all make Egyptian sistrums, Chinese Gongs and African-style tongue rattles.

This show could be a big leap forward for All Around The World and I’d love to pack the house. Bring friends bring friends bring friends!

Logo - DARIAInstrument Day 1Instrument Day 2

Join AATW on Pinterest to celebrate Make Your Own Instrument day and much more.

Update May 5, 2014

AAW May 1 Song-a-dayAll Around This World just turned 100! Well, sort of. On May 1 I posted my 100th live webcast video since opening the All Around This World Livestream site this past December. On December 7, 2013, I started the adventure with a whopping 12 videos, each two hours long, recorded during the crazy AATW 24 Hour Marathon. The rest have come one at a time, each and every weekday afternoon in 2014. Every day at about 5pm I appear on Livestream, almost always live, to celebrate a holiday that’s happening somewhere worldwide by sharing a song from the AATW curriculum. On May 1st, 2014, I posted my 100th Livestream video, marking global May Day festivities with “Ali Alo,” a French song about working hard, which we sing in our Western Europe season of songs. Whatever you’re doing at 5pm on weekdays, take a moment out and join me at I promise you’ll learn something new and have a lot of fun doing it.

Update March 25, 2014

Due to some unexpected twists and turns the All Around This World weekly webcast program is going to start in full this summer rather than this spring as originally planned–exact start dates will come soon. Part of the delay has to do with the fact that All Around This World has decided to birth an international holiday and needs to focus on making it great. 


Yes. All the music-meet-holiday excitement of AATW’s nearly daily Song-a-day webcasts has inspired Jay to go even further off the deep end. 

So, introducing . . . 


Make your own Irish HarpWhat is International Make Your Own Instrument Day?

International Make Your Own Instrument Day is a modern musical holiday for everyone–cross-cultural, participatory, inventively fun.

To celebrate this holiday you will MAKE YOUR OWN INSTRUMENT in any way, shape or form, and enjoy playing it tremendously. The instrument can be a simulated “real” instrument–a drum made from a storage bin, a guitar-like broomstick using rubber band strings–or you can create something entirely new. You may play your instrument by yourself in your living room or in an arena with thousands of other friends who have also made their own instruments. You may have just a little fun, but you will probably have a lot.

International Make Your Own Instrument Day

When is International Make Your Own Instrument Day?
The official holiday will take place on JUNE 21st–the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Though shouldn’t every day be make your own instrument day?

Learn more about International Make Your Own Instrument Day here.

Update March 15, 2014

AATW Webcast Class Thursdays 10am ESTHi friends . . . Taking the leap and starting to offer music classes by weekly webcast. LEARN MORE HERE.

Announcing All Around This World’s Weekly Webcast Classes for You and Your Kids

All Around This World’s unique, inspiring world music and global cultures classes for little kids (0-9 years-old) and their families will soon be available to you, wherever you are, LIVE each week, beamed right to your computer via webcast.

Jay Sand, founder and lead teacher of All Around This World, will soon start offering his one-of-a-kind world music and global cultures program for your family or school classroom to enjoy.  

Each weekly AATW webcast class will be approximately 40 minutes long and will consist of interactive songs, dances and cultural experiences from the inventive All Around This World curriculum. These will be classes intended for parents/caregivers to enjoy with their little children and teachers to enjoy with their preschool or daycare students. Don’t just stick those little ones in front of the screen! This is a time to sing and dance together.

Live classes will take place Thursday mornings but the video will be available for your singing, dancing and learning pleasure several times throughout the week. Now, no matter where you live, you can explore global music and cultures with into your family, playgroup, daycare/preschool/kindergarten/lower elementary school classroom or community group. Hurrah!



Update February 25, 2014

The long-awaited All Around This World: Africa double CD set is alllllllmost ready. Last week I spent an inspiring evening at the Hook Studio in Brooklyn with Nigerian/Yoruban talking drummer and singer “Kofo the Wonderman” recording the lead vocal and talking drum for a “fuji” courtship/wedding track we’re calling “Bale Ile.” (Learn about “Bale Ile.”) We’d been trying to get Kofo into the studio for quite a while and somehow on this night the stars aligned. The initial mix of the track is fantastic. I can’t wait for you to hear it.
Watch Kofo recording part of his solo:

Recording Bale Ile with Kofo the Wonderman

Now watch Kofo soloing on his talking drum with a backing band and you’ll be able to get a sense of how exciting “Bale Ile” is going to be.

Kofo the Wonderman in action at the Zinc Bar in NYC

Update January 31, 2014

AATW Webcasts

AATW is entering the modern age by leaping headfirst into your living room. Inspired by the success of December’s 24 Hour Music Class Marathon, I’ve decided to fire up the video camera on a regular basis and bring All Around This World’s enthusiastic embrace of cross-cultural exploration, LIVE, right to you — onto your computer screen, your iPad, your smart phone, your super-cool internet TV . . . any device in your house that plays video can now be a place for us to meet.
Throughout 2014 there will be three ways you can enjoy AATW Webcasts:

The craziness started January 1st of this year at 5pm Eastern time with the first All Around This World “Song-a-day” webcast. Every weekday since the first of the year I’ve been coming to you live for about ten minutes to teach you a song from the All Around This World curriculum, connecting it to holiday being celebrated somewhere around the world. Those following AATW on Facebook and Twitter have been learning about the songs each day. Now you can see those songs in action, every day, at I’m going to try to make it to a webcast every weekday through 2014, though I’m sure I’ll miss a couple days here and there.


Kids enjoying an AATW Webcast

Starting this April you will be able to attend for AATW’s weekly parent/child classes, great for you and you infants to 5 year olds, from the comfort of your own home. It’s true! Every Thursday morning you’ll be able to join me online for a live 40 minute participatory parent/child music class. This will be the full AATW curriculum, brought right to you. We’ll start this spring with songs and dances from Latin America, venture to Africa this summer and head forth through AATW’s 12 seasons of songs from there. Subscribers to the AATW Webcasts will have access to ample family-friendly, country-by-country guides, many fun “Try This At Home” activities and exclusive access to online events. These classes are going to be FUN. Much more information about the webcast classes will come your way in this space. For an introduction in the meantime, visit the AATW Webcast Classes page.

The webcast classes are no substitute for real-life AATW classes — if you’re lucky enough to live near an AATW location, by all means go to a real-life class with real-life teachers — but if you don’t have that chance, join me for class online.

Throughout 2014 and beyond there I’m planning to take to the wires with the occasional concert, workshop, mind-exercising discussion and full family cultural event. When that happens, I’ll let you know.


AATW Webcast URL