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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Come with me to Colombia

This week’s online class takes us all the way to Colombia, a wonderfully complex, ethnically, culturally and geographically diverse country with a violent recent past.  Years of internal armed conflict have kept tourists away from Colombia, but over the last few years crime and civil strife have become less dominant and more outsiders are discovering the magical Colombia others have always known.

BONUS: Come to class this week to explore three eras of CUMBIA.

All Around This World map of South America featuring Colombia

Details: Come to class online with Jay


Take a new global music class each week -- Come to class with Jay

 ** This spring we explore Latin America. **

FINALLY I’ve been teaching my All Around This World parent-child classes to enthusiastic families and school groups since 2009 but unless you live within a stone’s throw of my West Philadelphia classroom, you’ve been out of luck. If you’re a homeschooling family or just a family that wants to broaden its minds, or if you are involved with a preschool, daycare or other program for little kids that doesn’t offer interactive international music . . . . Today, you’re IN LUCK.

You can now “come to class” with your kids each week, singing and dance and exploring with me as your teacher, with a new class every week accessible by video in the comfort of your own living room or school classroom.

All Around This World Online Class -- Come to class with JayEach online class is 30-35 minutes and is full of multilingual musical fun. I post a new class late Sunday night that is available at any time on any device throughout the week. Beyond the classes you’ll be able to access extensive background information about the songs we sing and the cultures we be visit, including password-protected “how-to” videos, suggestions for hands-on craft projects and many participatory ideas for ways to bring musical and cultural learning into your lives. 

I understand if you’re cautious about screen time, as am I. I designed my classes for infants to six year-olds to experience with their grown-ups and to come across as more of a video call with a relative than a snazzy music video.


All Around This World in Fairfax Virginia

The girls and I played the final show of our “Sands Across America” summer tour 2016 today as the headlining act of the massive “First Annual Back to School Fest” at historic Suter farm in Fairfax, Virigina.  The kids and I set up under a massive tree at the bottom of an incline, powered by an extension cord run by historic Cory Suter from his sheep barn, and played our hearts out for an enthusiastic crowd of back-to-schoolers.

Though we’re looking very much forward to reuniting with the rest of our family at historic cousin Dan’s wedding later this evening in Annapolis, we felt a thrilling sense of accomplishment at having conquered the country. And did we not also conquer ourselves? Conquer any fears we may have harbored of the unknown? And what about the known? That’s pretty scary too. And we conquered the heck out of it.




What can we do next year to rekindle this freedom, resume such bliss? Stay tuned.