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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A Bollywood Classic — Uden Jab Jab Zulfein Teri

Don’t know where to start with Bollywood? You may try “Naya Daur.”

Bollywood is India’s Mumbai-based billion-dollar film industry. Most Bollywood films are lavish, epic musicals, full of lavish,epic musical production numbers. Though the industry is much more modern today we can never go wrong with starting our Bollywood exploration with the classics. There is no film more classic than the 1957 “Naya Daur,” an “old India” vs. “new India” exul of song and dance. ENJOY.


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.


All times are Philadelphia/New York U.S. Eastern Time, UTC-4.

11pm U.S. Eastern Time Wednesday September 29 (Thursday morning in India, China, Thursday mid-day Australia.)

7am U.S. Eastern Time Thursday September 30 (early afternoon Europe, Africa, West Asia)

10am U.S. Eastern Time Thursday September 30 (great for eastern U.S./Canada/Americas/Caribbean)

1pm U.S. Eastern Time Thursday September 30 (great for all U.S./Canada/Americas/Caribbean)

If you can’t log in, watch via Facebook Live on All Around This World’s facebook page.

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Amit Trivedi’s Sound of the Nation

Indian super-composer Amit Trivedi helps us meet folk music from almost every corner of India in this “Sound of the Nation” mashup.

Bengali, Punjabi, Ragisthani, Gujarati performers and more come out for this celebration of deep Indian musical traditions fused with modern Jazz and a substantial splash of modern Bollywood pop. Start touring India the Amit Trivedi way.

Meet me in India

All Around This World South Asia Map featuring India

Where else could we possibly start our online class tour of South and Central Asia than India, a country with 1.4 billion people and counting? India is the world’s most populous democracy and boasts the world’s longest national constitution, the preamble of which defines India as a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic and technically promotes equality despite the country’s deep and ancient system of castes. India is simultaneously  one of the world’s largest economies and one of its poorest countries. 

And, as of course you already know, India is home to both the world’s smallest bodybuilder and the world’s biggest baby.

We sing hello to South and Central Asia

Enjoy this week’s live class! If you want to join the fun, check out the livecast class schedule and contact me to be “in the room” on Zoom. If you can’t make it to Zoom, watch live classes, or watch anytime, on All Around This World’s facebook page. This week in class we began our advenutre in South and Central Asia. We sang “Ilelele,” “We Are Happy,” “Taralilalalai,” “Walhav Re Nakhwa,” “Chukke Hakki,” “Diwali Aayee,” and “Baar Baar.”

Sukhshinder Shinda and Jazzy B

Sukhshinder Shinda and Jazzy B., take us to Pakistan…!

Our South and Central Asian season of online classes will take us to Pakistan, where modern musicians who find inspiration in ancient folk forms aren’t content with keeping such cool sounds to themselves. In this video Sukhshinder Shinda and Jazzy B sing their hearts out in the style of bhangra, a modern international music based on Punjabi folk.

Why not start with the best? Ravi Shankar and Allah Rakha

Yeah, a cliché to start an exploration of South Asian music with Ravi Shankar and Allah Rakha, but they’re so very extraordinary, so close to the core of Indian classical music, that how could we not?

The classical music of India, which masters like Ravi Shankar and Alla Rakha exemplify, underlies its extraordinary diversity of traditional folk music, which musicians perform using a vast array of instruments. From classical and folk foundations Indian musicians, both in India and around the world, have branched out to modern forms like Indian jazzIndian rock (infused with a healthy dose of Indian metal), and pulsating techno-based dance music known as “Asian Underground.”

South and Central Asia — we’ve ARRIVED!

All Around This World South and Central Asia "Everywhere Map"

We’re here! After talking about it for what seems like a thousand years, All Around This World’s online class for kids is finally starting our exploration of the many cultures and musics of South and Central Asia. We’ll start in India and nudge northwest, up through Pakistan to Afghanistan and onto the Central Asian steppe. We’ll travel through Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to Tuva, take a right turn to visit Uighur lands, then end our trek with a southward sing through Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. Could you ask for anything more?

Seeking schools for pilot program — global cultures curriculum for kids

Your favorite interactive global music and world cultures project is currently seeking schools for an innovative international pilot program! As you know, All Around This World introduces little children (infants to 9) to the world with over 300 interactive, multilingual songs and cultural experiences. Starting in September I’ll be offering international schools live online classes (with an in-person twist), dynamic cross-border projects, and access to the entire curriculum. The pilot project has already received interest from schools in Tanzania, Laos, Austria, South Africa, the Philippines, Turkey, Germany, Portugal and more. Full scholarships area available. More info: