Starting at 9 a.m. on Dec. 7, 2013, and running for twenty-four continuous hours until 8:59 a.m. on Dec. 8, 2013, Jay Sand, founder of All Around This World, an interactive global music program for small children (infants to 8 years old) and their families, will teach a “marathon” series of 24 multicultural music classes, web-streamed live, marking the project’s international debut.
Over the course of the 24 distinct classes, each of which will start at the top of an hour and last approximately 45 minutes, Sand will introduce children and their families to songs from every inhabited continent, providing introduction to “world music.” Sand will provide lyrics and introduce simple dance steps so families viewing the webcast will interact.
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Sand started teaching global music to his neighbors’ children in 2009 and has since developed a vibrant curriculum that consists of nearly 300 songs originating from over 100 countries. Sand adapts each song so children and their families can sing along.
“People find so many ways to hide from one another,” says Sand, who traveled the globe with his guitar before “settling down” with his wife and three young daughters and translating his love of musical travel into experiential classes for kids, “but when we’re singing we instinctively connect.”
This fall All Around This World has been able to start making its curriculum available globally through a new website (http://www.allaroundthisworld.com).
The event will take place at Sand’s Philadelphia classroom and will be open for live attendance, and it will also be globally accessible by live web-stream.