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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“Douce Dame Jolie” — This song is timeless, like love

Douce Dame Jolie” is one of the oldest songs we sing in All Around This World classes — an Ars nova masterpiece from 14th century France. In class this week we sing “Douce Dame” while we channel Medieval drummers, connecting little kids with musicians of six centuries past. In this video Faranspil rocks it.

A breath between seasons

A BREATHER. This week in our online class for kids we pause, take a breath, and SING. For the last three months we’ve been singing songs from Latin America, next week we start a season of global rhythms called “Everything is a Drum.” In our class in between we bound boldly around the globe, starting with an Aboriginal drone from the Torres Straits, waking up on a farm in India, soaring to Russia where we thank our guests for a rollicking party, and more. Yeah? Come along.

All Around This World Global "Everywhere Map"

The Global Orchestra hops on a Cuban see saw

Cachumbambe, Old Lady Ines, she will drink guarapo but she won’t drink cafe…” Today’s video is a see-saw song from Cuba, performed by yours truly and the All Around This World Global Orchestra. A quiz for Cuban music purists — what are the two ways I changed the lyrics and culturally destroyed this song?