With the newly released Travels With Music, K12 students can explore the richness and diversity of 15 world cultures – Bulgaria, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, the Philippines, Trinidad and the USA – with music as their guide. Offered by Listen for Life, a global nonprofit music-media organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of music culture worldwide, the multimedia program includes 300 video and audio segments that comprise six hours of classroom instruction. Travels With Music is ideal for instruction in a variety of curriculum areas, including: history, geography, ESL/EFL/TESOL, cultural diversity, cultural literacy, music and tolerance. Available as both an online subscription and on DVD, Travels With Music introduces each culture by providing perspective on its origins and history, its surrounding geography, and what makes that culture unique in terms of its customs, language(s) and music. In-depth interviews with each culture’s Master Musicians, in their native language and with accompanying English language voiceover, provide a “day-in-the-life” perspective on their culture: their background, family, traditions, musical influences, and way of life. Travels With Music explores the origins of the musical instruments native to each culture, and enables students to see and hear Master Musicians showcasing their instruments through performance footage, both in studio and in live settings, accompanied by rich visuals from each Master Musician’s country/culture. A comprehensive downloadable Teacher’s Guide provides background information for each culture and musician, a Glossary of Music Terms, and a series of multiple choice questions for assessment of comprehension for each unit. Individual subscriptions, as well as DVDs or DVD-ROMs, are sold for $69.95 each. Teachers with online subscriptions may purchase student accounts for $10 per student. To learn more, access a Free Unit on the culture of Peru, or purchase Travels With Music, visit www.travelswithmusic.com.
By: Victor Rivero