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Encourage your child to become more aware about different musical styles from around the world. Assist in the integration of listening and playing with found instruments at home.


  • Recorded world music
  • Found instruments
  • World map


Inquire about what your child is learning at school about different cultures. Select different songs that characterize each culture and play these selections at home. Learn about the nature of the people in each culture and share your ideas with your child. Ask him or her how different these cultures are from their own in America. Have them select their favorite pieces and explain what types of instruments are being used.

Take it Further

Have a world map placed in a visible spot at home. Encourage your child to choose a different country each week to learn about its music and its people. Visit the library and ask a librarian for help finding a CD that features music from the country your child selected. Then, listen to the music at home and encourage your child to describe the instruments and mood of the music.

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