“This is a great Social Studies enrichment tool!” Teaching PreK-8 Review

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“Do you know what a Chinese guzheng sounds like? Or a Bulgarian doumbek? We can learn a tremendous amount about the world through its myriad musical instruments — and the vast array of cultures that surround them. Travel the globe with this diverse collection of rare video footage and audio clips, and discover along the way how a West African djembe is made, or what role a donkey jaw plays in a Peruvian ensemble. Meet the musicians, read (and hear) the history of specific instruments and musical forms, and gather a new musical vocabulary (such as chordophone or parlando rubato). Students everywhere will appreciate this exciting aggregation of one of humanity’s most treasured art forms.”
Edutopia (George Lucas Educational Foundation) Review

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Children’s Technology Review
Ease of Use 8
Educational 10
Entertaining 6
Design Features 7
Good Value 10

Overall Score 82%

Rich in content, this is a collection of facts and videos on 57 lesser known musical instruments from 15 countries. (This program is not about typical US band instruments.) An in-depth look at each instrument is presented through video, audio and print. For example, the Nigeria Shekere (a type of drum) features footage of a master Design Features percussionist named Baba Ken Okulol, who proudly shows how the instrument is constructed and played via nine short demonstrations. The videos are well-done, and the central part of this program features live concert footage and first-person narration from original sources.

There are several series of this program as well as pricing structures. All in all, this is a very useful addition to any music education library.
School Library Journal Review

Travels with Music is an interactive series of programs that have been produced by an international nonprofit music-media organization that works “to encourage the discovery and appreciation of native music cultures and performers worldwide.” This segment has 30 15-minute units of interactive content, visiting 15 countries and featuring 28 artists. Each unit explores some of the musical traditions and instruments of Indonesia, Mexico, Israel, China, Morocco, North India and Pakistan, Trinidad, the Philippines, West Africa, and North America. Through text, video, and audio clips, viewers see the country and regions involved, then read and hear about customs and rituals that are important to that culture. The most interesting parts of the program are the videos of master musicians teaching a particular skill or instrument. From the main page, users can roll the mouse over a map to reveal each region’s name and a rather lengthy description of its geography and culture. Clicking on a region brings up an assortment of instruments. Clicking on an instrument provides the choice of an extensive text overview, an introduction to the featured artist, several videos featuring that artist, a description of the instrument, and a selection of songs. The video segments provide valuable exposure to master musicians and fascinating musical instruments and musical arrangements from around the world, while helping students develop listening skills and a rich musical vocabulary. The hefty teacher’s guide provides background for each country, musician featured, and musical piece performed; video descriptions; and background for each unit.

MaryAnn Karre, Horace Mann Elementary School, Binghamton, NY

History/Social Science/Visual & Performing Arts Standards Alignments California Learning Resource Network

 

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Program: Travels with Music
Publisher: Listen for Life
Subject: History-Social Science
Media Type: Video / Internet
Grade(s): K, 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th

Purpose
This video and Internet resource provides introductory information, concept or skill development and practice in History-Social Science for grade K, 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10 students who are at grade level in a single student, small group, whole class, or computer lab situation.

Brief Description
Travels with Music is an audio/visual experience of 15 world cultures through their music and musicians. The Travels with Music program is available online and on a single DVD-ROM for computers. The nearly 300 video clips in the six-hour program are also available on a set of four full-screen, high–resolution DVD-Videos for television. The program provides adjunct source material, and a focus on multiple cultures, to help foster cross-cultural understanding. Each interactive audiovisual unit of the program enables users to view the country/region involved; read/hear about the customs and rituals important in that culture; watch videos of master musicians teaching a particular skill or instrument in that culture; learn new music terms; and view performances by the musicians on their native instruments. The program allows students to interact by selecting cultures and clips to view, as well as by listening to more of the music.
Program: Travels with Music
Publisher: Listen for Life
Subject: Visual & Performing Arts
Media Type: Video / Internet
Grade(s): 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th

Purpose
This video and Internet resource provides introductory information, concept or skill development, practice, and assessment in Visual & Performing Arts for grade 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 students who are at grade level, reading below grade level or advanced, in a single student, small group, whole class, or computer lab situation.

Brief Description
Travels with Music is an audio/visual experience of 15 world cultures through their music and musicians. The Travels with Music program is available online and on a single DVD-ROM for computers. The nearly 300 video clips in the six-hour program are also available on a set of four full-screen, high–resolution DVD-Videos for television. The program provides adjunct source material, and a focus on multiple cultures, to help foster cross-cultural understanding. Each interactive audiovisual unit of the program enables users to view the country/region involved; read/hear about the customs and rituals important in that culture; watch videos of master musicians teaching a particular skill or instrument in that culture; learn new music terms; and view performances by the musicians on their native instruments. The program allows students to interact by selecting cultures and clips to view, as well as by listening to more of the music.

 

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