Exploring Music Around the World

This class will introduce students to music from around the world, both traditional and popular.
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90 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 4 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students become familiar with the wide array of music from around the world.
I am currently the Educational Coordinator of a Sunday school and a Music preference substitute teacher for Union-Endicott School District. I have been singing, playing piano, and percussion since I was 7 years old. I have taught private music lessons for a number of years. I also have a Master's degree in Anthropology and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology/Anthropology with a double major in Music and a concentration in education. I am currently a course complete PhD student in Anthropology with a concentration in politics and religion. I have taught at the university level and elementary level for a number of years, am a guest lecturer on religion and politics, and am a musician. I have toured Ireland playing Bodhran and singing traditional Irish music and have performed traditional Jewish music from both Sephardi and Ashkenazi traditions. I have a strong background in the subdiscipline of ethnomusicology through my undergraduate work in anthropology and music combined. Through this, I performed in a Steel Pan Band, Mexican Marimba Ensemble, and performed as a percussionist for Churches. I still perform Jewish music and Irish music, in addition to teaching vocal, piano, and percussion lessons and teaching anthropology of politics and religion. I also teach 'Indian Lore' through Scouts BSA, which is a merit badge on Native American culture and history and I teach the American Heritage, American Cultures, and Music badges as well. My Master's and Bachelor's degree work included study of Navajo and Hopi archaeology, history, descent populations, and religious beliefs, as well as the study of Abenaki ritual music and water drums history. I also have done intensive study through my undergraduate work, and prior, on the history of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee), their influence on the US constitution, their music, religious beliefs, and role of music in ceremony. In addition, I worked in National Park Service through AmeriCorps/SCA at Stones River Battlefield where I taught on the history of the Trail of Tears. For Middle Eastern music, I lived in Israel where I directed a musical and taught English. I also play both Djembe and Dumbek and have performed on them, along with Middle Eastern Bellydancing, performed both Israeli songs and dances, and studied Mizrahi (Middle Eastern) Jewish music from Yemen, Morrocco, and Iran. During my undergraduate degree as a music major, my coursework included music history and theory and also included lessons from guest artists on Tuvan throat singing and its history and on Indian Tabla music. I have also studied Israeli opera, Chinese opera, and the embellishments used in vocal music in Persian and Arab music. I also run a group that addresses issues of race, religion, politics, and teaches cultural awareness and diversity through education of traditions, history, and music from around the world. You can find it via this link:
The students need access to regular Youtube. Some of the videos may not play in the kid's version of Youtube.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
This course will cover music from a variety of cultures around the world outside of popular Western music. Students will learn about the history and cultures connected to the music and their significance. This will include a discussion of religion and sacred music.


Blake Portnoy McCabe
Lives in the United States
Anthropologist, Assistant Marching Band Director, Music Teacher, Cooking Enthusiast, Amateur Radio Operator
112 total reviews
157 completed classes

About Me

I teach Hebrew, Anthropology, Cooking, Israel Studies, Religious Studies, Music, Race and Ethnic studies, Political Studies, Social Studies, and many other courses.

I am an experienced Educator with 7+ years of teaching, student advisement and... 
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