All Around This World class in action

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  dynamic online classes,  CDs, concerts and workshopsengaging 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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Jay teaching Livecast classes


If you’d like to come to class in Zoom, CONTACT ME FOR THE LOGIN INFO. Ideally we’ll communicate before the day of class, but I do try to check my messages before my first class each day.


Yes, I’m taking a break from teaching online classes this summer. Don’t fret though, I’ll see you again in September. Until then, sing lots!

If you’d like to come to class on a regular basis and get lots of information each week about the countries and cultures we’re exploring, REGISTER HERE.

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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?

Where is the key? Sing-along: La Llave

We start our music class week of looking back on our Latin American songs by losing our keys. “La Llave” is a Spanish song about losing, searching and ultimately finding something grand. In our sing-along video we fly, swim and spin around the room until I sing “PON!” (then. we. FREEZE.)

We have one, we have two, we have . . . many?

In music class this week, as we visit Venezuela, we head waaaaaay out into the Amazon rainforest to learn how to count like the Yanomami, indigenous people who live along the border between Venezuela and Brazil. The Yanomami have the number one (moni) and two (polakae) but beyond that, everything is “many.” When your numbers stop before 3, how would you imagine you count to ten?