Jay Sand teaching an All Around This World class

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. Through CDs, concerts and workshops, dynamic online classes, engaging homeschool and classroom lessons, “musical maps” and participatory parent-child music-making Jay hopes to make the world a bit smaller one song at a time.

All Around This World is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of All Around This World must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Donate here.

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This week in class: HONDURAS

This week in on our online class for kids we meet the Garifuna people of Honduras and Belize. In the meantime we will shake our bottoms while dancing the Punta. Our dancing will be technically embarrassing yet unrelentingly awesome. 

What songs are we singing this week in class? Click here to find out and sing along.

All Around This World map of Latin America featuring Honduras

We laugh, we cry, we sing Mexican Rancheras

This week in All Around This World we focus on Mexico where we meet music that’s fantastically fun. In some of our classes we pause the frivolity to listen to “La llorona” performed by Chavela Vargas, iconic singer of rancheras, Mexican rural folk songs, who has surely seen difficult days. Rancheras won’t all tear your heart out like the one in this video, but jeez…. If you’ve seen performance with more world-worn depth, list it here. Learn more about Vargas at Chavela Vargas Official.

Sing-along from Mexico — a Christmassy birthday song for kids

Today’s sing-along video for kids introduces us to Mariachis, brilliant bearers of Mexico’s musical heritage. The top mariachis have an encyclopedic knowledge of Mexico’s Spanish-inspired songs and rhythms, crafting buoyant performances awash in a sea of stings and harmonies. “Las Mañanitas” is a well-known birthday (and sometimes Christmas) song, which we pretend to play mariachi-style — violin, trumpet and Guitarrón mexicano!