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

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

Update January 29, 2014

A quick note to let everyone know All Around This World’s Philadelphia classes are offering a deal. AATW has partnered with AMAZON LOCAL to offer a special rate on a “5 class pass” to particular Amazon subscribers for parent/child classes in Philadelphia. If you got information about the deal in your e-mail and you’re looking for specifics about the classes that are part of the discount, here are direct links:


FAIRMOUNT (London Grill and Bache-Martin) and CHESTNUT HILL

Contact Jay with any questions.

Update January 28, 2014

I know I’ve been slow to update the news column of this site in the new year, but I really must note the passing of Pete Seeger. Over a seventy year career Seeger used music to inspire thought and action, to build community and to generally better the world. Decades ago Seeger was one of the first modern artists to search the world for engaging music, translate and adapt songs for an American audience as a way to connect people of all sorts with one another. As you can imagine, I think that’s pretty great.
Watch an older Seeger perform his interpretation of the African children’s song, “Abiyoyo.”

Watch a younger Seeger perform “Down By the Riverside” along with Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee

Update December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve fireworks over my hometown, Philadelphia

New Year’s Eve fireworks over my hometown, Philadelphia

So many successes in 2013! So many good times, so much music, so much fun. This has been quite a full year for me and All Around This World. Even just in the last few months there have been advances galore, like

– the launch of this website. oh happy day!
– the release of All Around This World: Latin America and the AATW: Latin America Musical Map
– the recording of two CDs jam-packed with AATW’s African songs (the songs are being mixed right now and the digital release is scheduled for January) and the tracking for AATW: South and Central Asia
– A wild and wacky 24 hour music class marathon
- a successful crowdfunding campaign! More about that to come.

I really hope you had a wonderful year. I’m optimistic for 2014 and hope you are too. Here’s to a happy, healthy and satisfying 2014.

Update December 8, 2013

BruceWatchingAATWMarathonDec7-2013-crop10 a.m. Philadelphia time. The 24 hour music class marathon just ended and I made it! I taught 24 straight music classes, 2 from each All Around This World season, and didn’t repeat a single song, other than “We Are Happy” as the hello and goodbye. Over the course of the day there were visitors galore, both in person and through the webstream, and there was so much wonderful tweeting and facebook posting and instagramming etc. Thank you so so so much for everything. A special shout-out to those who came by my house and sang and danced and danced and sang (and brought chocolate!). I’ll write a more reasoned evaluation of how everything went after I wake up from a long long sleep, but I want to say I’m honored to know all of you and feel privileged even more to be able to sing with you and your kids.

Now that the marathon is over I’m going to be focusing on the next two weeks of crowdfunding, trying to raise money to keep this program going and make it available to more and more and more kids. If you liked what you saw at the marathon and you haven’t already pitched in or spread the word, any boost to the campaign would be great. Here, yet again, is the link:


I’ve set the deadline for December 21. Thank you so much for your support.

Update December 7, 2013

Video thumbnail for youtube video 18. Tambobambino - All Around This World

This is not me. But I assume Peruvian charango legend Jaime Guardia will be awake all night singing too.


Please spread the word by Facebook, Twitter, e-mail or by screaming it out the window. AATW’s Twitter handle is @AATWMusic. We will be using




For details about the event, including an hour by hour schedule of what I’ll be singing, visit

Each class will start on the hour and go for about 45 minutes. After that I’ll take a few minutes off to grab some foot, reply to some of your messages and reset the webstream broadcaster. If you stop by and I’m not in front of the camera or there’s no stream, wait a couple minutes until the top of the next hour and I should be back.

Classes work best for grown-up/child teams together. These grown-up/child classes are designed for infants to five or six-year-olds, but if you’re older and determined to have fun, it will happen.
If you’re in Philadelphia and you want to stop by in person please do! There will be kids in the Saturday morning classes but afterwards it may just be me, you and the camera…which means just us and the rest of the world.