21% =   The number of American 12th-graders who know enough to be considered "proficient" in their understanding of geography. (NAEP, 2010)

In an era defined by global hyper-connectivity and economic interdependence, this is no longer an acceptable situation!

See Sounds Around in Action!

Sounds Around The World  is the only arts-integrated geography game that combines the universal love of music with the thrill of team competition. Utilizing 21st century thinking in an exciting, collaborative-learning format, Sounds Around the World helps students to better understand their world.

15% =   Students' increased ability to identify countries after one play.

32.8% =   Students' increased self-confidence in relationship to geography.

Only After One Play!

“Honestly, until this game, I don’t think my students cared about geography”

- Baltimore City Social Studies Teacher

Methodically designed and tested in the classroom, Sounds Around The World has been played by students nationwide, presented at multiple national and state conferences (NCSS, NCGE, TCSS and the MDCSS), piloted in Baltimore City and Howard County, Maryland schools, and is being purchased by school districts nationally. 

“ It helped me to learn about different regions of the world and some of their culture. I worked well with people I usually do not work with.”

- Student

EACH TEACHER'S KIT INCLUDES (5th grade, Middle & High School Edition)

10 Color-coded maps: laminated and durable 

37 World Music Tracks: carefully curated for young ears, our playlist is licensed from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and ARC Music, unique to specific locations and cultures. (in 60 second excerpts)

16 page teachers guide: a booklet in full color with detailed instructions.  

  • Music Origins Answer Key
  • 111 Geography specific hints
  • Geo-Musical World Coloring Map

Each teacher's kit is licensed per school without a term limit.  

*** Bulk order discount for 10 or more, please contact: jabaker@getsoundsaround.com ***

Sounds Around The World, “Expanded [my students understanding of geography] in a fun engaging activity!” His student’s said they, “loved it, let's do it again!, that was fun!” In the learning environment there was “engagement from almost all students (only 3/150 were distracted somewhere)”. And finally, “I loved it, my students really enjoyed it and it was well worth the price!!!!”

- Teacher Richard Katz, Roosevelt High School in Seattle, Washington

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“How completely wonderful! Efficient fun and effective learning .”

- Parent

“Students were engaged, worked cooperatively and were respectful”

- Teacher

“I am pretty bad at geography, so it was interesting to relate [geography to] the music.”

- Student

F   Fun for everyone!

E   Easy to administer!

A   Aligns with State and National Standards!

T   Teachers and Students love it!

U   Unlimited school license!

R   Requires no musical training!

E   Engages your toughest students and classes!

S   Supports collaborative learning and cooperative decision-making!


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From The Press

Teaching geography with music
Baltimore Sun 7/31/13


Patterson Park Public Charter School 5th Grade Blog

"In teams the students tried to answer what continent, sub-region and country the music was from. I was very impressed!"      

- Teacher Ryan Kaiser