We're got some great musical exploration this month!
First, we’re off to warmer climates to find out more about music in the Hawaiian Islands and the South Pacific. We’re giving away a beautiful ukulele, Hawaiian rhythm sticks and have lots of new songs, crafts and coloring pages to share. Then, join us as we head north and discover some of the musical traditions of Russia in honor of Winter Olympics at Sochi this year.
This tiny but mighty four-stringed instrument is loved and played all over the world. Although it’s a best known as part of Hawaiian musical traditions, it was the designed after a Portuguese instrument brought to the islands in the 1800’s.
Read more about this easy-to-play stringed instrument whose name means “jumping fleas” at the posts below. You can also print a uke coloring page or enter to win a soprano ukulele below.
Win this beautiful blue Mahalo ukukele which is the perfect size for a child’s hands. It comes with a carrying case and a great book/cd combination that will get you playing right away!
There’s a unique type of rhythm stick played in Hawaii and the Polynesian islands. Pu’ili are bamboo rhythm sticks cut on one side and left whole on the other. They are tapped together in different patterns and are used in really graceful and complicated dances. Making and playing your own pu’ili sticks can be a great way to combine music, movement and cultural exploration!
Win this authentic pair of bamboo pu’ili sticks. This pair is 12” long and is just the right size for children’s hand. These rhythm sticks sound great and can be used in exploring Hawaiian music or any type of rhythm with kids!
Hear some classic ukulele songs, take a pu’ili or ili tutorial or just enjoy the beauty of Hawaiian music here. Stop by this multicultural kids music video site for our favorite picks of Hawaiian music videos.
Did you know that playing spoons as a percussion instrument is a tradition in Russia? And they use the beautifully decorated wooden spoons that are famous from Russia and the Ukraine. Read more here and check out this absolutely amazing spoon virtuoso!
A balalaika is the classic stringed instrument from this part of the world. Did you know that the balalaika is an instrument and a family of instruments at the same time? You can read more about it, hear some balalaika music or color your own version of a balalaika here:
This wonderful song in Yiddish and English is set against the backdrop of a strumming balalaika. The title - Tum balalika - is meant to imitate the sound of the instrument being played and the story tells of a clever boy and girl who fall in love.
Stop by Multicultural Kids Music Vids to see the Gummy Bear song in Russian, strumming balalaikas, Volga boatmen and so much more. What a fun way to explore this country’s many great musical traditions!
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