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Children’s World Music Teacher Conducts 24 Hour “Marathon” Webcast of Multicultural Music Classes
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Note: All classes will be free and open for in-person attendance but reservations are required. Register through this contact page.
Starting at 9 a.m. on December 7, 2013, and running for twenty-four continuous hours until 8:59 a.m. on December 8, 2013, Jay Sand, founder and lead teacher of All Around This World, an interactive global music program for small children and their families, will offer a “marathon” series of 24 straight multicultural music classes for parents and children, web-streamed live and free for anyone anywhere with access to the internet, celebrating All Around This World’s current ambitious crowdfunding campaign and marking the curriculum’s worldwide debut.
During the twenty-four distinct classes, each of which will start at the top of an hour and run for approximately 45 minutes, Sand will introduce children and their families to music and elements of culture from a region of the world that All Around This World covers in its global curriculum. All Around This World’s material consists of nearly 300 songs, originating from more than 100 countries and first appearing in more than 100 distinct languages, all of which Sand has adapted thoughtfully to engage young children (infants to 8 year olds) and their families in open-minded exploration of the world’s many countries and cultures. The only music Sand will repeat in the 24 hours will be “We Are Happy,” a Ugandan song he uses to mark the beginning and end of each class.
“People find so many ways to hide from one another,” says Sand, who traveled the globe with his guitar for years before translating his love of music and multicultural exploration into experiential classes for kids, “but when we’re singing we instinctively connect. Music opens us, frees us and gives us both the excuse and the practical tools to share our selves with someone else.” He continues, “I know I think big, and I’m honestly not sure how I’ll push ahead as the clock ticks toward one, two, three o’clock in the morning of December 8th, but the truly ‘big thought’ here isn’t the attempt to teach 24 classes straight, but the idea that such an ambitious and instinctively positive global music program exists.” This fall All Around This World has been able to start making its curriculum available everywhere through a revised website, an initial set of family-friendly world-music CDs and a series of illustrated ‘musical maps’ that introduce kids to musical genres and instruments everywhere. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the debut of this material,” says Sand,”than with a global educational event that anyone, anywhere, with access to the internet can attend.”
Sand’s support team for the event, members of which will help him communicate as he’s teaching with class “attendees” worldwide via social media, will include educators who have adopted the All Around This World curriculum for use in their classrooms around the United States and parents of children who have enjoyed the classes he has offered in Philadelphia since 2009.
The 24 classes on December 7th and 8th will take place physically at Sand’s classroom-studio in Philadelphia and will be open for live attendance, but will also be globally accessible by live web-stream via http://www.LiveStream.com. The hour by hour schedule is available on the All Around This World website at http://www.AllAroundThisWorld.com/JayWillBeTiredButWillKeepSinging.
About All Around This World
All Around This World is a unique, interactive music program for children 0-8 years old that encourages kids and their families to explore the world by enjoying great global melodies, rhythms and movement. In All Around This World classes, kids and their parents/caregivers/educators sing, dance and explore many countries and cultures, “traveling” around the globe region by region, exploring a new part of the world each three months, joining in the fun for any part of All Around This World’s three year around the world tour.
Jay Sand, guitarist and children’s music teacher, father of three girls (4-9 years old) and world traveler, developed the All Around This World curriculum as a way to introduce his children to the countries he’s already visited and the many more he plans to visit with them. Jay held his first All Around This World classes in 2009 in his West Philadelphia living room. Since then, Sand has begun to make the AATW curriculum available to teachers in multiple cities around the U.S. and is currently conducting a crowdfunding campaign (http://www.AllAroundThisWorld.com/crowdfunding) to support his vision to make the curriculum available in communities and school classrooms worldwide. The All Around This World’s website, http://www.AllAroundThisWorld.com, now features information about the more than 100 countries the All Around This World classes “visit” and the nearly 300 global songs the curriculum presents.
Jay Sand, founder and lead teacher of All Around This World, has always had the travel bug, and when he travels he always takes his guitar. Since the early 1990s Sand and his guitar have spent months on end backpacking around Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America. Now that Jay has three little children of his own, taking off for a few months at a time is less of an option, so he and his guitar mainly stay around Philadelphia. Sand started teaching music to young children in 2006 after attending parent/child music classes with his first daughter and discovering the power of music to enhance the lives of even the youngest children. He initiated the All Around This World classes as a way to introduce young children and their families to countries and cultures worldwide, and has since honed the curriculum to a truly unique musical, and multicultural educational adventure.
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For specific information about this event: http://www.allaroundthisworld.com/JayWillBeTiredButWillKeepSinging
All Around This World’s website: http://www.allaroundthisworld.com
– on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/allaroundthisworld
– on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AATWMusic
– on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/AATWMusic
– the All Around This World store on Bandcamp: http://allaroundthisworld.bandcamp.com
TO ATTEND THIS EVENT LIVE:
– reservations required
– infants to five year olds preferred, though older siblings are welcome
– no more than two caregivers per family
– priority given to current All Around This World music class students
– Contact Jay (http://www.allaroundthisworld.com/contact) to secure reservation
HOUR BY HOUR SCHEDULE FOR ALL AROUND THIS WORLD’S 24 HOUR DECEMBER 7-8 MARATHON MUSIC CLASS
All times Eastern Standard Time (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States).
Find the corresponding time in your part of the world at
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2013
9am and 10am: Music from All Around This World’s Latin America season, which includes songs that originate from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, etc.
[9am -- Latin America: CHILE (featuring the Chilean dance, the Cueca)
10am -- Latin America: URUGUAY (featuring a virtual visit with Uruguayan Gauchos)]
11am and 12pm: Music from All Around This World’s Africa season, which includes songs that originate from Uganda, Tanzania (Zanzibar), Egypt, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, etc.
[11am -- Africa: ZANZIBAR (featuring a celebration of the Nowruz-inspired new year, Mwaka Kogwa)
12pm -- Africa: THE CONGO (featuring the leg-jiggling dance, the Kwassa Kwassa)]
1pm and 2pm: Music from All Around This World’s South and Central Asia season, which includes songs that originate from India, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Tuva, Western China, Pakistan, etc.
3pm and 4pm: Music from from All Around This World’s Everything is a Drum season, which explores rhythms from around the globe
[3pm -- Everything is a Drum: AFRICA (featuring an exploration of polyrhythms)
4pm -- Everything is a Drum: THE CARIBBEAN (introducing the essential Caribbean clave)]
5pm and 6pm: Music from from All Around This World’s Caribbean season, which includes songs that originate from Cuba, the Dominican Republi, Haiti, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Trinidad, etc.
7pm and 8pm — Smithsonian Folkways: Songs from a special season of All Around This World featuring only All Around This World adaptations of songs that appear on releases on the Smithsonian Folkways record label and introducing stories from the annals of ethnomusicology.
[7pm -- This class will feature the tale of the unlikely "Father of the Hawaiian Music," Prussian bandleader Henri Berger.
8pm -- This class will feature the story of Abu al-Faraj al-Iṣbahānī and his 10,000 page book of Arabic songs.]
9pm and 10pm: Music from from All Around This World’s East and Southeast Asia season, which includes songs that originate from China, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, etc.
11pm: Music from from All Around This World’s Oceania and the Pacific Islands season, which includes songs that originate from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti, the Cook Islands, Western Samoa, Hawaii, New Zealand, etc.
[11pm -- Oceania and the Pacific Islands: PAPUA NEW GUINEA (featuring the Huli Wigmen's contribution to a Sing sing)]
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013
12am: Music from from All Around This World’s Oceania and the Pacific Islands season, which includes songs that originate from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti, the Cook Islands, Western Samoa, Hawaii, New Zealand, etc.
[12am -- Oceania and the Pacific Islands: KIRIBATI (introducing the tradition of toddy cutting)]
1am and 2am: Music from from All Around This World’s West Asia and the Middle East season, which includes songs that originate from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, etc.
[1am -- West Asia and the Middle East: THE SOUTHERN CAUCASUS (welcoming you to a Georgian Supra)
2am -- West Asia and the Middle East: LEBANON (we all dance the Dabke)]
3am and 4am: Music from from All Around This World’s Eastern Europe and the Baltics season, which includes songs that originate from Russia, Estonia, Uraine, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, etc.
[3am -- Eastern Europe and the Baltics: BELARUS (Celebrating the nature-honoring holiday of Kupalle)
4 am -- Eastern Europe and the Baltics: BULGARIA (Introducing a Bulgarian Wedding!)]
5am and 6am: Music from from All Around This World’s Western Europe and the Nordic Countries season, which includes songs that originate from England, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece, Iceland, Greenland, etc.
[5am -- Western Europe and the Nordic Countries: ENGLAND (featuring a Rave and some colorful Morris Dancing)
6am -- Western Europe and the Nordic Countries: GERMANY (introducing you to the basics of both Oktoberfest and headbanging)]
7am and 8am: Music from from All Around This World’s U.S. and Canada season, which includes songs from a number of essential genres, like Cajun, Creole, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Country, Disco, Salsa, Hip Hop, etc.
9am — JAY SLEEPS! (after turning off the livestream, of course. that would be the most boring webcast ever.)