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. 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, 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 . . .”