At the Center for World Music we are working from home to fulfill our mission of bringing world music and dance to our community. As part of this effort, we’re happy to offer our Living Room Learning program to your family, learning pod/small learning community, or your entire school.

Our teaching artists have been busy in their homes producing interactive world music and dance video lessons for kids. These contain vocabulary, songs, storytelling, movement, clapping rhythms, background on the music, language and culture, and more. With an emphasis on student interaction, our teaching artists invite your children to sing, move, and clap along at home.

We provide a detailed written study guide to accompany these lesson modules. These will help parents, educational leaders, or classroom teachers prepare children to participate in each lesson. Prompts for follow-up discussion and activities are also provided.

For Fall 2020, we are offering new units of study, beginning with one based on the Son Jarocho tradition of Veracruz, Mexico. This video available now. We will be adding new lessons on Persian classical music and singing in Farsi, as well as traditional Zimbabwean mbira and Shona-language singing soon. These will be followed by other new additions to the series in the coming weeks.

Please contact us to purchase the Fall 2020 modules for your family, learning pod, or school. Scroll down to see our Spring 2020 modules, available free of charge!


New for Fall 2020

Mexico: Music & Dance with Son de San Diego

This module, featuring Eduardo García & Cindy Carbajal, is available now.

Pricing for Fall 2020 Series
Living Room Learning videos (per learning module):
Families: $15
Learning pods: $50
Schools: $150

Hybrid Living Room Learning presentations (LRL video plus live artist presenting):
2 presentations: $350
3 presentations: $450
4 presentations: $500

Coming soon! Iran: Rhythm & Melody with Kourosh Taghavi

Coming soon! Zimbabwe: Music & Culture with Piwai Magaya and Garit Imhoff


Spring 2020

Thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, and the generosity of the Peacemakers Fund at the San Diego Foundation, we are able to offer the Spring 2020 series of eight world music and dance lessons linked below free of charge! Click on the images or text links for direct access.

Brazil: Music & Storytelling with Claudia Lyra

Brazil - Music and Storytelling Video Link

Study Guide for Brazil: Music & Storytelling | Claudia Lyra Bio

South Africa: Music & Culture with Nomsa Burkhardt

South Africa - Music and Culture Video Link

Study Guide for South Africa: Music and Culture | Nomsa Burkhardt Bio

The Cayman Islands: Kitchen Band Music with Miss Nati

The Cayman Islanda - Kitchen Band Music Video Link

Study Guide for The Cayman Islands: Kitchen Band Music | Miss Nati (a.k.a. Natasha Kozaily) Bio

Hawai‘i: Music & Dance with Anthony Ka‘uka Stanley

Hawaii - Music and Dance Video Link

Study Guide for Hawai’i: Music and Dance  | Anthony Ka’uka Stanley Bio

Brazil: Music & Rhythm with Stefanie Schmitz

Brazil - Music and Rhythm Video Link

Study Guide for Brazil: Music & Rhythm | Stefanie Schmitz Bio

Native American Drumming & Song with Windwalker Dorn

Native American Drumming and Song Video Link

Study Guide for Native American Drumming and Song | Windwalker Dorn

Ireland: Music & Culture with Máirtín de Cógáin

Ireland - Music and Storytelling Video Link

Study Guide for Ireland: Music and CultureMáirtín de Cógáin Bio

India: Odissi Dance with Shibani Patnaik

India - Odissi Dance Video Link

Study Guide for India: Odissi Dance | Shibani Patnaik Bio

Special Programs: Please inquire about corporate rates, with live hosting by a CWM Artist.

This educational program is made possible in part by support from the California Arts Council and generous private donors.

Your tax-deductible donation enables us to create opportunities for audiences young and old to learn about cultures from around the globe through the traditional performing arts.