I believe music can be a powerful tool to encourage empathy towards others and pride in one’s own culture. All children benefit from learning to be culturally aware, to appreciate the differences among us, and to acknowledge the diversity within other cultures. For Latino children, it’s especially important to have opportunities to see a positive role model who looks like them and to experience programming that celebrates their language and background.
While teaching Spanish words and showcasing different Latin sounds, the underlying themes of my work emphasize multiculturalism and encourage children to respect and be inquisitive about others and where they come from. My aim is for children to emerge more accepting, tolerant and curious when they meet others who are different from them.
Latin Grammy-winning 123 Andrés is one of the most exciting new voices on the family music scene in the US and Latin America – “A rockstar for little language learners” according to Billboard Magazine. A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Andrés brings to audiences joyful sounds, passion for bilingualism and a high-energy love of music that gets kids singing and dancing in Spanish and English. Andrés holds a doctorate in music and has performed for thousands of children around the US and in Latin America.
"I wanted you to know how much we loved Andres today! He was excellent!! Both staff and students enjoyed his performance tremendously. Andres gets students up dancing, learning, and singing—a wonderful cultural experience for any school! Personally, Andres was courteous and friendly to deal with as well. I will be sure to tell our cultural arts list serve how highly we recommend him."
Pam, PTA, Rock Creek Valley Elementary