Living Room Learning: World Music & Dance

From Our Homes To Yours

We at the Center for World Music are working hard from home to continue fulfilling our mission of bringing world music to our community. As part of this effort, we’re happy to make our free Living Room Learning program available for your home (and, if you’re a teacher, for your students’ homes).

Our teaching artists have been busy in their own homes producing 8- to 15-minute 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 also provide a detailed written study guide to accompany each lesson module. These will help parents or classroom teachers in preparing children to participate in each lesson. Prompts for follow-up discussion and activities are also provided.

These world music and dance lessons will now be available to you, free of charge! Several can be accessed at the links below, with more to be posted throughout the month of May.

Free Living Room Learning: World Music & Dance Modules

Brazil: Music & Rhythm with Stefanie Schmitz

Brazil - Music and Rhythm Video Link

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

Zimbabwe: Music & Storytelling with Garit Imhoff

Zimbabwe - Music and Storytelling Video Link

Study Guide for Zimbabwe: Music & Storytelling | Garit Imhoff Bio

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

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.

Optional Donation

No obligation here, but if you’d like to chip in to help defray the cost of producing these videos, you’re welcome to donate using the form below.

This free 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.