Many live to say music is a universal language. I prefer to say music is a universal experience. (If/when you listen and study music from other countries you may begin to agree with me.) That said, as it is Universal Music Day and as the internet is bringing us into closer contact, learning about other music from a variety of cultures is important.
Here are links to resources on music from other cultures:
There are some fun recordings out there. Here are a few to check out:
- Putumayo (Recordings for adults & children, they often have a few for preview on the site.)
- Smithsonian Folkways (Some music education materials on the site. If you work with children be sure and check out the Ella Jenkins recordings)
- Naxos World
Many years ago, I found a fun collection of lullabies from around the world on “On a Starry Night”.
I leave you with a song from my childhood – “I Believe in Music”. It seems summed up as music & love being the key:
To peace, hope, and understanding, and living in harmony. So grab your brother by the hand, let's sing along with me, And lift your voices to the sky; tell me what you see. I, I believe in music.