This guest post is written by award-winning multicultural musician “DARIA-” Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. Thank you so much for sharing these great music videos with us!
All over the globe, people of the Jewish faith are preparing to celebrate the festival of lights. This year, Hanukkah (also spelled Chanukah, Chanukkah or Chanuka) begins at sundown on December 8 and ends on December 16. Although foods, traditions and music vary slightly from place to place and country to country, these two kids Hanukkah music videos share some of the joy and fun that is a universal part of this winter holiday.
It’s that time again…… let’s learn about the world!
It’s time for the December Culture Swap!!! If you’re looking for ways to incorporate more cultural traditions in your December, you’ve come to the right place. This link-up will include crafts, book recommendations, history on holiday traditions, cultural customs, food recipes- a multitude of ideas to help you teach your kids about their community, and about the wider world. The link-up below will be open for the entire month of December, so check back often to see new posts!
Globally-minded parents and educators: I’d love to see some posts for holidays around the world- Christmas, Chanukkah or just learning about any cultures! Do you have some cool gift ideas to help your kids learn about the world and global cultures?
What have you been doing this month to teach your kids about the world? Have you tried any food or done any cool art projects from other countries? Learned another language? Read books from another culture? Share your ideas here so we can all learn from you!:) If you don’t have a blog or web site, write your ideas in the comments! Everyone can benefit when we share your best ideas.
It’s time for the September Culture Swap!!! I am sorry I was so late in posting the link-up!:) I am starting up the International Club at my children’s elementary school and we have been gearing up for a busy year.
Globally-minded parents and educators:
What have you been doing this month to teach your kids about the world? Have you tried any food or done any cool art projects from other countries? Learned another language? Read books from another culture? Share your ideas here so we can all learn from you!:) Continue reading
Today’s we’re listening to Hungarian folk music. My friend Olivia Szabo is from a small industrial town on the river in Hungary (Dunaújváros – which roughly translates to “new town on the Danube”). I met her when she moved to the US in 1999. Her daughter, Gaia, is about to start Kindergarten and her son, Galen, is entering the terrible twos. Olivia teaches English to international students and what she enjoys the most about living in the US is the diversity. She shares with us some popular folk music from Hungary: enjoy!
Becky: I read a great article on PBS Kids that talked about what music kids should listen to, and how listening to a variety of genres may help them learn better. In the article, Peggy Durbin (a music educator at Kindermusik in Columbia, MD) suggested having children interact with the music by clapping, dancing, and playing instruments. As for choosing the music
The best musical library for your child includes a wide variety. [Lili] Levinowitz (cofounder of Music Together and Professor of Music Education at Rowan University of New Jersey) compares music you play to the foods you serve: you don’t want your child eating only mac and cheese, or similarly, listening to the same CD all the time. “Create an ear food buffet,” she says. Your musical menu should consist of songs from your culture and those around the world, as well as music that you love.
I discovered Hungarian folk music at a local international festival. The light, energetic, and colorful music is produced by flutes, horns, the Hungarian bagpipe called duda, zither aka citera, and the most important instrument: the violin. Continue reading
This guest post is written by award-winning multicultural musician “DARIA-” Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. Thank you so much for sharing this great craft idea with us!
Make Your Own Indian Style Ankle Bells
Summer is a wonderful time for exploring world cultures through the arts. Here’s a way you can get crafty, play with music and explore world cultures all at the same time.
Pallas escort the Incan King (photo: Doris Loayza)
Fiestas Patronales: the colorful folkloric dances of the Peruvian Andes are captivating, with unique, resplendent costumes, masks, and accessories and energetic music that keeps time for the vigorous dancers. I recently spoke with Doris Loayza, a community psychologist and multicultural arts educator originally from Llamellín, Ancash in the Peruvian Andes. She has lived in New York City since 2007, where she gives presentations for children on Peruvian arts and culture, and serves on the Quechua Outreach Committee for the Center for Latin American Studies at NYU. Read/hear more from Doris — in English, Spanish and Quechua. Here is an abridged essay written by Doris, and originally published in Peru Times about her life-long dream to be one of the Pallas dancers in Las Fiestas Patronales: Continue reading
Taken and photostitched by Michael Baldwin, on 25-Fev-2006, at the Sambódromo, Rio de Janeiro, 2006 (creative commons use permitted).
People are fascinated by the Brazil Carnaval: the floats, the dancers, the music. It is Brazil’s largest festival, and last year in Rio alone drew in 4.9 million people. However, while many people attend the lavish celebrations in the bigger cities, Brazil is a huge country with almost 195 million people, diverse in their traditions and customs. I asked some Brazilian friends how little kids celebrate Carnaval in Brazil.
Lilian: “Carnaval in Brazil is as diverse as the population and customs in the country. In my area little kids enjoyed Carnaval Continue reading
Reggae for kids?! When you think of reggae, you probably think of the Caribbean island of Jamaica, the birthplace of this popular musical genre. In fact, reggae is listened to throughout Latin America, Africa, Japan, Canada, etc. Reggae has been influenced by traditional African, New Orleans jazz, and rhythm and blues, and evolved in the 1960s from Jamaican ska and R&B. Bob Marley and the Wailers are arguably the most well-known reggae singers, though there are numerous excellent reggae artists! Here are some of our favorite songs and CDs of reggae for kids, to introduce your them to the greatest reggae bands.
The first CD especially made for children and families, is Ziggy Marley’s “Family Time.” We love the children-friendly lyrics, with themes of families and love, the catchy and uplifting tunes, and the guest singers: Toots Hibbert, Paul Simon, Jack Johnson among others. This CD is the perfect introduction to reggae for your family. Continue reading
This guest post and giveaway is written and sponsored by award-winning multicultural musician “DARIA-” Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou.
One great way of sharing cultures is to explore the different instruments that are found in various countries around the world. If you were to visit the area around China, Tibet, Nepal or Northern India, you might see some really unique instruments including a bowl that sings and small cymbals attached to a string that are carefully struck together to make a sound like a beautiful bell.
First there’s the singing bowl. Here is a picture of four of my favorite singing bowls – each only has a different size, shape and decoration, as well as a unique voice when played with a wooden stick. No one actually knows how old this instrument is but most historians think it was probably created about 3,000 years ago when the bronze age began in ancient China.
Our guest writer, internationally known folksinger Daria has traveled the globe for the last two decades, learning, sharing and making music while building communities and encouraging a new view of hope and peace for all the world’s children. She writes an excellent blog called “Making Multicultural Music: Sharing Diversity Through the Arts,” and also shares her songs, videos, and instrument on her web site “World Music for Children.” Today she is sharing with us how to make a Chinese gong for Chinese New Year.
What is a gong? It’s a large hanging percussion instrument that you strike with a stick or a beater for a wonderful, loud resonant sound that will definitely make anyone around you sit up and take notice. In ancient China, it’s said that gongs called farmers in from the fields and some were so loud that they could be heard almost 50 miles away!
Supplies: a metal, disposable roasting pan; pipecleaners or yarn; a cardboard tube from wrapping paper; paint, stickers, glitter, glue, or textured paint for decorating the gong; 12-18″ wooden dowel; electrical tape. Continue reading
Photo credit: this Wikimedia Commons image is from the user Chris 73.
If you’d like to introduce your kids to an unforgettable global musical experience, check out the international phenomenon of taiko drumming. Taiko means wide drum in Japanese, but taiko drumming is no ordinary drumming performance. The exuberant rhythm pounded into a variety of drums is a whole body experience. After enjoying it from front row seats in a recent international festival, my youngest daughter told me “I feel the drums inside me!”
Before listening, talk about the historical significance of taiko drums. Continue reading
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I was recently introduced to a genre of music called “Highlife:” popular dance music from Ghana, resulting from a fusion of cultures in West Africa. This music is the perfect background music for your kids, and they’ll start swaying and bopping in their seat as they work.
Sharing world cultures with our children can be as easy as subtly playing world music in the background during snacktime, or as they work on a craft. I have noticed that soft music actually helps kids who are normally easily distracted, by muffling all of the other noises (the pencil sharpener, the garbage truck, whispers, etc) and focusing them on their work. Listening to a wide variety of global music introduces your kids to new rhythms and instruments while they hear new languages. Here is a little of the history of Highlife, along with some excellent selections for your kids. Continue reading
Kids love music, they love to dance, and music is an omnipresent cultural expression that transcends boundaries. Music is simply fun. And when we listen to global music, we’re can be entertained, energized, or relaxed as we’re exposed to new rhythms, in a new language, sometimes with new instruments.
White sand beaches, rows of banana and palm trees, a balmy breeze and the sound of ocean waves- this classic song is from the tropical Caribbean. The songwriter and singer I’d like to introduce to you is the one of the most successful Caribbean singers of all time. Juan Luis Guerra, from the Dominican Republic, is an international super-star who has won several Grammys, and has even been designated as a UNESCO Artist for Peace. Many of his songs have a merengue or bachata rhythm that will make it hard for you to not dance along. Continue reading