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Bring other cultures into focus with a unit on musical instruments of the world: grades K-6. (Art Smart).

Kids at Pennsylvania's Churchville Elementary really got into the swing of world cultures recently when they explored musical instruments from around the globe, the Bucks County Courier Times reports.

Students learned about the cojon, a dram from Brazil, as well as the mandolin (related to the Italian lute), frame drums from the Middle East and Celtic cultures, and the American-created (but African-inspired) banjo.

"It taught us more about the culture, more than what we studied," said 11-year-old Ben Clift of the musical unit, taught by two members of a local bluegrass band.

The presentation was the culmination of a unit on world cultures during which kids crafted poster displays and made oral presentations on select countries and cultures.

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Date:Jan 1, 2003
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