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April 26, 2009

Music From Around the World

"Take a fun-filled musical tour of Europe without packing a suitcase!" That's the slogan of a new series of music collections for kids produced by Putumayo. If you want to introduce kids to the lively music of a variety of cultures and ethnic flavors, check out....

...the kid's series. You can see the website with interactive games and maps at http://www.putumayo.com/en/putumayo_kids.php.

On most collections liner notes and lyrics usually come in at least four languages; English, Spanish, French and German. What a fun way to get students thinking (and moving) according to a different tempo.

I don't work with little kids, but if I did, I would definitely use these collections as sing-alongs and song writing inspirations. Even if you can't understand the words - the music is just plain fun.

The Putumayo kid's series CDs that I have heard are Caribbean Playground, Raggae Playground, French Playground and the newest release (in mid-May) an eclectic European mix titled European Playground.

Check out videos here - http://www.putumayo.com/en/putumayo_kids_videos.php

I'll be hosting some contests soon where I'll be giving away some of these collections. Stay tuned here - and send me some of your suggestions for great books and music that help with language learning!

My best to you,


Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

In May I want to welcome readers to present thoughts on the ideal job. What do you most want to do? Where would you like to be? Who would you want to work with?

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf spent about six years working for a Native American Tribal College, a few years teaching various humanities, English, writing and ESL courses with the community college system in Washington State (including one year as part of a faculty exchange program with The Beijing Foreign Language University). While in China, Morf was briefly a radio host for CRI (China Radio International) and did recordings for the "English can be enjoyable" book and tape series. Morf currently teaches English and writing for a local technical/vocational college with many international students. Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else likes and riding his bicycle in unlikely and ridiculous situations.

Posted by mmorf at April 26, 2009 10:30 PM

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