All Around This World

Join us as we explore the music of East and Southeast Asia!

With the exception of some stunning forms like Japanese taiko, Chinese “thunder” drumming, and Korean pungmul gut, driving drum beats are not at the heart of East and Southeast Asian traditional music. Instead, most ancient East and Southeast Asian music, such as Japanese gagaku, Thai piphat and Indonesian gamelan, developed over hundreds if not thousands of years, primarily in the courts of powerful dynastic emperors, and rely primarily on gongs, cymbals, shakers and other kinds of light, mesmerizing percussion to accent the xylophones, strings and wind instruments that provide their melodies.

In our All Around This World classes we explore East and Southeast Asia by taking a tour that starts in China and primarily works its way down the East Asian coast. Each class is 45 minutes long.  We start the class with the Hello Song, and then sing about more three songs seated on the floor.  This activity includes patting, clapping, hand motions, or rocking, rowing, swaying and wiggling.

Next we do an “up and around the room” song, where we fly, swim, bounce, hop, spin, tiptoe, run or dance around the room.  After this, we do about two songs using instruments such as drums, claves (sticks), shaker eggs or tambourines.

By now, it is time for a little free movement, so we get out the scarves and dance, twirl or play peek-a-boo while listening to authentic music from today’s focus country.  There is usually one or two more songs after scarves, often a lullaby to soften the mood and pace.

Next comes the “Experience.”  During the Experience, we learn a dance, or act out a custom or holiday celebration that comes from our focus country, while listening to traditional music.  We end class with a free “playalong,” where kids choose an instrument and play to music, followed by the Goodbye Song, and High 5’s all around.

Class Schedule for Fall 2015

There are eight (8) classes in the fall 2015 session. You can choose to attend either a Wednesday or Saturday session each week. Each class is 45 minutes long.

Wednesday class
(infant to 3 years)
Starts at 10:00 am
Saturday class
(all ages)
Starts at 10:30 am
Week 1,
September 30 October 3
Week 2,
Hong Kong & Taiwan
October 7 October 10
Week 3,
October 14 October 17
Week 4,
The Koreas
October 21 October 24
Week 5,
October 28 October 31
Week 6,
November 4 November 7
Week 7,
November 11 November 14
Week 8,
November 18 November 21

Early-bird Pricing

(good through September 1, 2015)
$88 for one sibling
$120 for 2 siblings

Regular Pricing

(starting September 2, 2015)
$120 for one sibling
$152 for 2 siblings

What our happy parents say...

  • "This is a fantastic program. Elizabeth is just amazing!!!... The class absolutely has value. The curriculum and instructor far exceed the skill and musical level of any other class I’ve tried."


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