Musical Ancestries™ is a quarterly program designed to teach school-aged children about their musical and cultural heritage. This episode highlights the instruments, music, and storytelling traditions of the Caribbean countries of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Nassau in the Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago. Listeners travel with Jaden and his Uncle Alejandro through the Caribbean as they visit musicians, explore traditional instruments and discover the value of Jaden’s musical roots. Each area the pair visits brings different “flavors” to music that is as colorful and enchanting as the islands themselves, yet rich with a powerful shared history.

Incorporated into the Prezi presentation below are visual images, maps, audio clips, text and hands-on activities that students, teachers and parents can use to enhance their learning experience. In addition, an audio recording of the radio broadcast, the full script for the broadcast, and a list of related resources in the community can be accessed through the content boxes on this page. The See It, Hear It, Do It format fully engages the child in learning. National Standards addressed are noted in the “Resources” section of the Prezi presentation.

Musical Ancestries™ is made possible through a grant from the PNC Foundation through PNC Arts Alive, a multi-year initiative dedicated to supporting visual and performing arts.