Music

Music: The Secret to Raising a Bilingual Child

What do I mean by “Actively Bilingual?” I mean that when raising a bilingual child, they do not only understands a family’s target language (in this post, Spanish), but also speak it back to you.  It’s perfectly normal for children to be passively fluent in a second language, especially when it is not the dominant …

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Celebrating the Multicultural Classroom with African Pop Music

It all started with a talking drum and one student’s interest in sharing this drum with his classmates. I seek to celebrate student-led learning. The talking drum was a launching pad for a lesson on African music and a tool to engage other students as leaders in the classroom. This ensemble performance featuring the talking …

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World Music for Kids

World Music for Kids: A Multilingual Round-Up of Song Lists

Music connects us to culture in an almost magical way. We are transported to specific times of life or travels, just by overhearing that certain song on the radio. As parents raising global citizens, it makes sense that we want to fill our homes with songs from around the world. World music is a wonderful …

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