Take a musical trip around the world in your home!

Imagine the possibilities of young children listening to musical recordings from around the world for free! We can do just that with access to the Alan Lomax Archive. The  Association for Cultural Equity explains that “the Sound Recordings catalog comprises over 17,400 digital audio files, beginning with Lomax’s first recordings onto (newly invented) tape in 1946 and tracing his career into the 1990s.” The archive’s website makes it easy to navigate by musical genre, culture, or country. This is perfect for exploring or even making connections to children’s interest in the world. A wonderful collection of videos that highlights folk music from  around the United States is also available.

Photo by Eli Smith

Luckily for us, a number of well respected music educators have developed teaching resources making use of music from the Lomax Archive. The resources range from activities related to This Little Light of Mine or Peas Porridge Hot to creative exploration with lullabies from Spain, Italy, and the United States.  The entire set of teaching resources is a fantastic resource for anyone who likes to include music in the lives of young children.

On of the authors of the teaching resources, Dr. Patrician Sheehan Campbell has also written two excellent resources related to musical engagement with young people.

book-songsinheadHer book Songs in Their Heads: Music and its Meaning in Children’s Lives gives a close look at the many ways children are musical and can create their own music. The stories are wonderful and inspiring.

Her book Music in Childhood: From Preschool through the Elementary Grades is a fantastic guide chock full of plans and ideas for providing young people with rich musical experiences so they can fulfill their full musical potential.

book-musicinearlychildhoodSo, go on a musical adventure around the world with the Alan Lomax archive and try out some fun, creative, and valuable lessons that will help children grow as musical people.

What would the music you create with your children sound like?

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