Magic Carpet Ride
Music, Dance & Culture of the Middle East
Grades 3 – 5
Active learning transforms the foreign to the familiar.
Magic Carpet Ride is our online arts integration course in music, dance, and culture of the Middle East for students in grades 3 through 5.
In the interactive videos and worksheet lessons, children find common ground in the fun of learning new ways to communicate—in music and math, in dance and movement, in geography and Arabic language.
This virtual artist residency program is modeled on our live, in-person residency program in schools and is for remote learners, hybrid learners in the classroom, and homeschool students.
"This (live) program was wonderful...The program was excellent and connected to what we were studying at the time. The students were engaged and had the opportunity to learn about another culture." —Ms. McClintock, 4th grade teacher, WV
We include multiple disciplines in the integrated, project-based learning.
Mention Aladdin and his magic lamp, and most kids hurrah. Yet, despite Arabic being a Department of State top 5 critical language, and our communities—both local and virtual—becoming multicultural, most kids know little of the Middle East.
Magic Carpet Ride helps kids to fit together the puzzle pieces of learning about the Middle East and how it relates to their own lives. With our interactive video lessons, paper-and-pen exercises, and physical activities, students integrate:
"One of the best things that you do is gradual steps. It's wonderful the way you teach. You listen to the students as you teach. That's one of the most important things a teacher needs to do, and you do it superbly well."
—David J. Gonzol, PhD, Director of Music Education, Shepherd University
Kids move and dance
as they work through the course.
Overcoming a big challenge in education today—preparing kids academically and getting them active physically—defines Magic Carpet Ride.
A major part of the course is learning the Levantine, or Eastern Mediterranean, folk dance called the Debke. It's a social dance that easily adapts to learning independently at home or with a group in a classroom.
Because students learn the dance to live traditional drumming in the course, they are simultaneously connecting math concepts with rhythmic skills, locomotor skills, body management, and movement patterns as they learn each dance step.
"It's really exciting to see all those kids dancing and learning new steps and stepping into the unknown."
—Anne Beckley, Executive Director, Morgan Arts Council
Even the most antsy kids
Students of this age are naturally energetic, and especially now, they have seemingly infinite possibilities for distractions. With that in mind, we've crafted Magic Carpet Ride's lessons to be a series of short, interactive videos to keep even the restless student engaged.
There is no old-fashioned "voice-over" or memorized script, and each video is professionally produced with superior quality audio and cinematography. In each video, we address the student directly and leave time for him/her to answer our questions and do what we're learning, as if we're right there in person.
"The love you have for people came across clearly...in how you teach the children. How beautifully you work with them to show them acceptance of others."
—Julie W., homeschool mom
We offer 3 ways for kids
to do the course.
Learning remotely - students can complete the course independently or work on a schedule with the whole class.
Hybrid learning in the classroom - teachers can oversee the course in full or tailor the course schedule to enrich particular scholastic objectives.
Homeschooling - students can guide themselves independently through the course, with minimal parent involvement.
"I liked learning the words and what they meant. I forgot that Debke meant stomp! I liked listening to Beledi, or country, that Bob played while I danced to it."
—School Student, Berkeley Springs, WV
It's easy to manage—you set the schedule.
We have organized the course in learning sessions so you can tailor the schedule to fit your learning goals, academic calendar, and the pace of the student. To help you and the student stay on track, we've created a printable suggested schedule with check boxes to keep track of progress.
And, in case a printer is not available, we've included an end screen on each video with what to do next, step by step, and we show how to do the worksheet activities without a printer.
Virtual learning that gets
kids moving. They'll learn to:
Speak Arabic words
Do an Arabic written activity
"Act out a map" of geography
Do a written map activity
Learn the fundamentals of beat, rhythm, and Middle Eastern percussion
Chant and clap the beat and Middle Eastern rhythm Beledi
Learn 3 Debke folk dance steps
Coordinate the Debke steps with live Middle Eastern drumming
Perform a Debke choreographed dance
Create a chart of beat, rhythm, debke dance steps
Create a Magic Carpet Ride booklet
Printer (optional) and blank paper for the worksheet activities and notes
Pens, pencils, crayons, and/or colored pencils
Table or other surface to write on
Small space to move and dance in (approximately 6' x 6' minimum)
Note: The course can be completed without a printer. We show how in the videos and the Preparation Guide.
Pricing & Administration
COVID-19 has been devastating for us all, and it underscores even more the need to bring quality programs to students. Our goal is to help as many students and school districts as possible, and so we're offering discounts in excess of 80% off of the live program price.
Public & Private School Options
ONE class, up to 30 members, 1 month access, $195
TWO classes, up to 60 members, 1 month access, $275
THREE classes, up to 90 members, 3 months access, $295
Homeschool family, up to 4 members, 3 months access, $95
Please contact us if you would like to sponsor a class, school, or region of schools.
How it Works
When you click to enroll your students, you will be linked to our school on the Teachable platform where you will select and pay for your option. We'll then issue the corresponding number of coupons (please to distribute to your students in the case of remote or hybrid learning. Email us if you have a question.