An inspiring global education for kids and their families.


All Around This World is a unique, interactive global music and world cultures program for children 0-9 years old  that encourages children and their families to explore the world by enjoying global music, rhythms and movement. Jay Sand, guitarist and children’s music teacher, world traveler and dad of three girls developed All Around This World with his girls as a way to introduce them to the countries he’s already visited and the many more he plans to visit with them. Through CDs, concerts and workshops, dynamic online lessons, elementary school curriculum, “musical maps” and parent-child classes Jay hopes to make the world a bit smaller one song at a time.



by Jay

International Dance Party (Philadelphia)


UPDATE (APRIL 8): Rah Rah Rah! What a great turnout at the dance party. We recorded videos for a dozen dances and doing it was a ton of fun. Photos to come.


YOU AND YOUR KIDS ARE INVITED to an international dance party this Wednesday, March 23rd, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Rotunda in West Philly! (4014 Walnut Street.) Bring your children of all ages, from infants in arms on up, and learn a dozen international cultural dances with me, Jay Sand, founder and lead teacher of All Around This World. Hungarian Romani dancing? Check. Filipino Tinikling? A Cajun Two-Step? Klemzer? Yemenite? Good ol’ American disco? Check check check.

I will teach dances aplenty and take your mind off your older kids’ Philly public school spring break. The dance party is FREE — come when you want, stay as long as you like.

Take note: While everyone is dancing two of my friends will be taking video for me to use for teacher training purposes and on YouTube. If you’re in the witness protection program and don’t even want your knees shown on YouTube, let me know.

No tickets required, though I’d be happy if you RSVP.

Big time fun at the Philadelphia Free Library

Free Library 03-13-2016(3)Great times Sunday, March 13th, with Jay at the main branch of the Philadelphia Free Library. Much love to everyone who sang, dance and played instruments.

Lebanese dance workshop for kids (Philadelphia)

AATW-Michele-Tayoun-at-I-House-2016-01-09-photo-spread2On January 9th Philadelphia families did the Lebanese dabke at International House with the wonderful Michele Tayoun. Michele taught us rhythms, fancy footwork and, most importantly, how to have the utmost fun while we dance.

Upcoming workshops:

— February 13: Flamenco dance and music
— March 5: Greek dancing
— April 9: Irish dancing
— May 21: Italian dancing and songs
— June 11: British Morris dancing

Turkish Folk Music Workshop for Kids (Philadelphia)

AATW-Baris-Kaya-at-I-House-2016-01-09-photo-spreadPhiladelphia families ended 2015 with a bang — or, more accurately, with a Dum and a Tek — as fantabulous Turkish musician Baris Kaya and polyinstrumentalist William Tayoun joined us at International House for a Turkish folk music workshop. We sang, we danced, we sang some more. Then we danced. Then we went home and took a really refreshing nap.

— January 9: Lebanese dance
— February 13: Flamenco dance and music
— March 5: Greek dancing
— April 9: Irish dancing
— May 21: Italian dancing and songs
— June 11: British Morris dancing

Limited time: Booking House Parties, Group Classes and Solo Shows for a Nationwide Summer Tour

AATW-Summer-Tour-2016-rough-routeLet’s get this show on the road! This very summer, 2016, I’m piling the guitar, some amps and a few children (my own) into the station wagon and heading west from Philadelphia to sing and explore. I already have some shows lined up but for a limited time still have room in the schedule for a few group classes — just for you and a dozen of your closest friends — house parties (for both kids and grown-ups), interactive cultural workshops other sneaky solo gigs in July and August. I’m planning to hit Chicago, Denver, SLC/Idaho, Seattle/Portland, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Topeka/Lawrence Kansas, St. Louis, Louisville/Lexington, Cincinnati, Morgantown WV and many places between. Here are the dates. Want to sing together with your kids in your living room? BOOK IT.

For a little inspiration, here’s footage I dug up from last summer’s All Around This World Global Orchestra International Make Your Own Instrument Day concert at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. I won’t be bringing the band this summer, but we’ll do plan to romp around the Northeast next fall.


Those of you who are already Explore Everywhere subscribers or have been in the All Around This World loop for a while know I’ve spent my share of time over the last couple years translating AATW’s family-friendly multicultural musical lessons into videos. I’ve kept almost all of these videos among students or subscribers, mainly sharing them with a password on Vimeo. Though I’ve kind of had a YouTube site for a while I haven’t done a thing with it. The time has come to open the vault.

In 2016 I’m going to put real love into creating, crafting and curating a YouTube channel that families everywhere can use as a jumping-off point to use music, dance and other engaging lessons to explore the world. And goodness gracious, does that mean getting back to Twitter @AATWMusic too…?

You’ll find my YouTube merriment here:

There’s original content on the channel yet, but soon you won’t be able to stop me. Posted above you’ll find a (literally) small sampling of the large stock of All Around This World videos subscribers will enjoy. Hey, you should subscribe! In fact, while you’re here and thinking about it, SUBSCRIBE NOW.


Celebrating Ghana with a Song and Dance

Explore Everywhere--DanceAlong (Ghanaian Kpanlogo)

…And we continue our journey around Africa. Our most recent family-friendly adventures through the Explore Everywhere interactive online curriculum took us to Ghana where we celebrated independence by dancing the Kpanlogo, learned how to cook groundnut stew and dove deep into the ever-optimistic music known as Highlife.

Middle Eastern Drum Workshop for Kids (Philadelphia)


Philadelphia families joined master drummer (and master teacher) Joe Tayoun Saturday, November 7th, at International House for a hands-on Middle Eastern drumming workshop for kids and their grown-ups.

This was the first workshop in this year’s All Around This World/International House series of participatory workshops for kiddos. Put the rest on your calendar:

— December 19th: Turkish folk songs
— January 9: Lebanese dance
— February 13: Flamenco dance and music
— March 5: Greek dancing
— April 9: Irish dancing
— May 21: Italian dancing and songs
— June 11: British Morris dancing

All Around This World and Kids Corner UNITE!

Kids Corner logoMany thanks to Kathy O’Connell of KIDS CORNER, America’s longest-running daily call-in radio show for kids, for welcoming Jay from All Around This World onto the radio! The first of SIX segments introducing kids to Africa, using songs from the two-CD, 32 song, All Around This World: Africa, aired Wednesday, October 21st, on WXPN 88.5 in Philadelphia and many affiliated stations.

If you’re in Philadelphia, have little kids (tiny infants to 4 year-olds) and want to join Jay Kathy O'Connelland the global adventures in music class, check out Jay’s All Around This World classes in West Philadelphia, or join Emily in classes in Fairmount and elsewhere.

If you’re not in Philly, you can still join in the fun! Check out All Around This World CDs or Musical Maps, or learn with Jay all week long through multimedia global lessons for kids through the Explore Everywhere online learning program.

For Your Consideration — All Around This World: Africa

All Around This World humbly submits, for the consideration of NARAS members who are eligible to vote in the upcoming 58th GRAMMY awards, All Around This World: Africa, a 32-song double CD set that introduces kids and their families to music and cultures from all over the continent. Visit the All Around This World: Africa “For Your Consideration” page to listen to a sampler or to the whole CD, to see liner notes and find each of the songs on an illustrated map, and to learn about the more than 40 musicians from all over the U.S. and 10 African nations who build the music with our bare hands. AATW--Africa CD cover by Sarajo (final--front)