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World Music Resources

Explore the rich tapestry created by musicians around the world -- from the music of the Arab World and Ancient Greece, to the diverse cultural sounds of China, to the songs that helped spur the Mexican Revolution.

Grades 3-4 Lesson
Explore traditional western and Chinese instruments and create a Chinese instrument
Grades 9-12 Lesson
In this lesson, students will be introduced to causes of the Mexican Revolution and key revolutionary figures
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students will listen to "Guantanamera," a Cuban folk song made famous by Pete Seeger
Grades 3-4 Lesson
A hula dance tells a story through hand and arm gestures and rhythmic patterns
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students experiment with interpretative dance as they recreate the weaving process to Native American music
Grades 3-4 Lesson
The Kecak is a Balinese dance drama based on the Hindu epic Ramayana
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students learn about the history, theatrical elements, music, dance and costuming of Noh Plays
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Explore the traditions of Irish dance through music, costumes, and poetry
Article
Learn how to incorporate and teach Indian music in your classroom
Tipsheet
Practical ideas for creating authentic cultural experiences for your students
Article
Learn about traditional Indian Bharatanatyam dance from the Ragamala Dance company
Flash Interactive
A Web interactive that allows students to mix sounds from the Arab World to create unique audio soundscapes
Audio Series
A 3-part audio series that explores different aspects of Arab music
Audio Series
The music of India is diverse, but there is still a distinct “sound” that makes Indian music unmistakable
Audio Series
Chinese music dates back thousands of years and is as varied as the people who create it
Audio Series
Fragments of papyrus and stone provide clues to recreating music not heard in thousands of years
Video Series
Learn the history and basics of African dance and drumming
Video Series
Andes Manta performs the vibrant music of the Andes on more than 35 traditional instruments
Video Series
The storyteller explains the origin and significance of the flute and drum in Native American culture
Video Series
Musician, storyteller and flutemaker Keith Bear sheds light on the art and tradition of making flutes in the Native American tradition
Video Series
Watch Native American dancers from the group Native Pride Dancers demonstrate the traditional eagle, fancy, grass and hoop dances
Video Series
This video series brings you a glimpse of the music of Haiti
Video Series
The relentless and high-energy style of Haiti's Tabou Combo's Konpa knows no language barrier
Video Series
Tambuco performs a repertoire ranging from structuralist percussion music to ethnic drum music and avante garde sound interpretations
Video
Azor is known throughout the world as one of the most powerful voices in traditional sacred music in Vodou
Video
Specializing in Gypsy music, these versatile musicians from the heart of the Balkans perform music from the region
Video
Virtuoso musicians demonstrate a range of distinctive styles in Chinese music
Video
This Puerto Rican composer, arranger, and director is best known as a musician with a passion for the cuatro
Video
These Bolivian musicians may practice classical music at home, but here they share their interpretation of traditional Bolivian music
Video
Felina uses her talent and spirit to transcend negativity and serve as a driving force throughout the United States, Canada, and Haiti
Video
Join the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra for a demonstration explaining each of the sections of the Chinese orchestra
Video
This ensemble from San Diego’s Chula Vista High School is considered one of the best student mariachi groups in the country
Video
Oki is the world's most prominent performer of the tonkori the only stringed instrument in the Karafuto Ainu musical tradition
Video
Palestinian and Moroccan musicians perform on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Video
El Salvadoran Pepe Reyes has dedicated his life to the music he loves: ranchera
Video
Reginald Policard and Friends perform in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Haitian Revolution
Video
One of today’s leading Sudanese vocalists, Salma El Assal performs contemporary arrangements of traditional Sudanese songs
Video
A faculty member at the University of Oregon at Eugene, Sreevidhya Chandramouli plays the vina (plucked Indian lute) in the Karaikudi tradition, combining voice and vina in her performances.
Video
Artists of the Yi and Wa ethnic groups from Yunnan Province demonstrate their unique folk traditions
Video
Paraguayan youth living in poverty use instruments made from rubbish to create beautiful music
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