All Around This World’s exploration of Latin America includes sing-along, dance-along classroom and homeschool lessons about Venezuela for kids . . . Meet the world through music –“come to class” with Jay.
This week in music class All Around This World travels to Venezuela, a country that, primarily because of its outspoken not-so-long-ago-past leader, Hugo Chavez, got lots of press in the U.S for many years…some good, some not. Debating the geopolitical implications of Chavez’s continued Bolivarian Revolution — and the many devastating problems Venezuela is facing today — may be beyond the purview of a kiddie music class, even one that inspires explorations of Venezuela for kids, so All Around This World will mainly focus on Venezuela’s rich, multifaceted culture. (Even that may be beyond the purview of a kiddie music class, but that’s our story and we’re stickin’ with it.)
— OVERVIEW: “Archaeologists and anthropologists believe people have lived on the land now known as Venezuela for about fifteen thousand years . . .”
— MUSIC: “Venezuelan music falls into three general categories: ‘indigenous’ music, ‘Hispano-Venezuelan’ and “Afro-Venezuelan . . .”
— LANGUAGE: “Let’s give a nod to two very different languages spoken in Venezuela: Yanomamo and ‘Italo-Venezuelan’ . . .”
— WHEN YOU GO THERE: ” Lonely Plaent’s entry on Venezuela looks past Venezuela’s politics and focuses on its Andean peaks and its Caribbean coastline . . .”