Growing Through the Magic of Children's Literature

with Kate Bright, Jeaneau Julian, and Liban Gomez

Children’s literature can serve as a powerful vehicle to help navigate different elements of both music and life. Join Jeaneau, Kate, and Liban as they demonstrate how to combine music, playful language, and movement to help students more deeply understand who they truly are. At the end of this session, attendees will have four ready-to-use lesson plans that focus on rhythmic and melodic elements and also connect with social-emotional learning.


  • The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizzi
  • The Me I Choose to Be by Natasha Tarpley
  • We are Growing! by Laurie Keller and Mo Willems
  • Just Like the Moon by Kate Bright
  • After The Fall by Dan Santat


  • Detailed notes and lesson plans for each book that include sound files, graphic icons, and musical scores.
  • A digital copy of the book "Just Like the Moon."

Attendees will be able to:

  • Connect music and social-emotional learning.
  • Explore pentatonic and diatonic modes with their classes.
  • Guide student rhythmic composition using speech and iconic notation.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email that will include directions to access the workshop recording and downloadable materials.

A certificate of completion can be provided to participants who request one for professional development hours.


Kate Bright is a music teacher at Lincoln Charter School in York, PA, where she teaches approximately 600 students from kindergarten through fifth grade. She is president of the Greater Baltimore Area Orff Chapter, past-president of the Philadelphia Area Orff Chapter, and has presented workshops for many chapters of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. In 2015 she received the Spotlight Award from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement. She currently serves on the board of both ACEMM, Harrisburg Folk Dancers, and the Harrisburg Area Contra Dance Association. During the pandemic, Kate has kept busy by helping to moderate the MACAOSA Chapter's DEI book study and running the Elemental Musical Adventures Facebook group where members are challenged daily to experiment with music in many different ways.

Jeaneau Julian is in her 21st year of teaching music, with the last 9 years being the Music Specialist at Terry Elementary School in Little Rock, Arkansas. She completed her undergraduate degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Oklahoma and earned a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Arkansas Tech University. She has completed Two Levels of Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education and has previously served as Treasurer for the Central Arkansas Orff chapter. In 2022, Jeaneau received ACEMM's Winter Spotlight Award and now serves as a collaborative board member of that organization. In addition to teaching music, she is the ESOL coordinator and records the daily morning announcements for her school. Outside of school, she provides professional development at the district level for elementary music teachers, organizes the zoom meetings for the Central Arkansas Orff chapter, and attends as many professional music meetings as she can.

Liban O. Gómez was born in the Dominican Republic and has been teaching for 13 years at The School of Higher Expectations P.S. 66 in the Bronx, New York City. Liban previously taught grades 2 and 5 working particularly with the English Language Learners. He has been teaching General Music and Music Through Literacy to students from Pre-K - 5th for over 10 years. In addition to that, he also teaches violin after school at the same school. At The City College of New York, he received his Bachelors’ Degree in Childhood Education, Italian Literature and Language, and Mathematics followed by a Master’s in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL). He completed his Orff Levels I and II in New York City and obtained his Orff Certification at George Mason University. He is the current president of the New York City Chapter of AOSA. Liban frequently and actively attends workshops offered from different parts of the world.

Growing Through the Magic of Children's Literature


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All registrants will receive access to the recording of the workshop along with downloadable materials.

Certificate of completion can be provided to participants who request one for professional development hours.


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