This season we explore music from the United States and Canada, most of which is in English. Of course we take music from the U.S. and Canada and turn it on its ear, learning about as many of the many multilingual and multicultural musical genres that either formed or came into focus in the U.S. and Canada–jazz, blues, rock, disco, salsa, cajun, etc.–while paying particular attention to their global origins. We sing conjunto songs from Texas and note their Mexican and German roots, we’ll trace Louisiana Cajun music back to its Acadian origins in eastern Canada, we’ll look back to Mali to find blues and we’ll travel back across the Bering Strait land bridge to meet great great grandparents of Native American music.
If you’re not in an All Around This World classroom but instead you’re following along at home, you can still enjoy our lessons about Canada and the United States of America for kids:
— Native American and First Nations music: we bring rain with a Hope snake dance.
— Cajun/Creole: we stay up all night dancing the cajun two step at a fais do do.
— Conjuno/Tejano/Waila: We scratch like chickens as we dance waila
— Folk/Country: we promenade our parters in a traditional square dance, then of course we do-si-do
— Hawaiian: we mellow out in the islands with some slack hey guitar
— The Blues: 12 bars is all you need
— Jazz: first we scat, then we swing dance
— Salsa: we visit both NYC Puerto Rico at once as we turn up the sizzle to dance salsa
— Disco: it’s fun to stay at the Y – M – C – A!!
— Hip-hop: we end with windmills, helicopters and some delightful old school rap.
No one will be turned away from All Around This World courses due to lack of funds. Discounts and scholarships are available! Check out the pricing secton below for details. Bottom line: if you want to sing with me, we'll make it happen.
HOW DOES THIS WORK? YOU decide the best balance for your family. If you would prefer your experience to mainly be "live," register here for the current series of "Kids Explore the U.S. and Canada'" Livecast classes. You will "come to class" each week to sing and dance with me, then pay me directly by paypal or venmo). Tuition details are on the registration page. When you register for the "Kids Explore the U.S. and Canada" series of Livecasts I'll send you a code to access "Kids Explore the U.S. and Canada" course materials on this site that will support your experience throughout the week.
If you'd rather learn primarily through the "KIds Explore the U.S. and Canada" course materials introduced on this page, enroll for the course through this site. When you do, I'll make sure you know about the "Kids Explore the U.S. and Canada" Livecast classes that will complement your courses. If you pay through this site, you can come to the Livecast classes for free. Questions?