Storytelling, Rhythm, Rhyme, and Song

 with Jocelyn and Robert Dabney
and Roger Sams

Storytelling has long been integrated with music making in folk cultures around the world. This workshop will explore ways to utilize storytelling with musical elements to support learning in the music classroom as well as the general elementary classroom. In this lively webinar, you’ll experience the joy of storytelling first hand as Jocelyn and Robert Dabney and Roger Sams share stories from diverse cultures with musical elements embedded in them and coach you on the basic principles of storytelling. You’ll learn how to emphasize expressive elements in the story through expressive voice and body, how to work with the structure of the story to add repeated musical events for skill practice, how to add movement to stories, and how memorize the structure of the story without needing to memorize the words for successful delivery of the story.

All registrants will be provided access to a recording of the workshop so that you can watch live or as your schedule allows.

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


Jocelyn & Robert Dabney

Jocelyn Dabney is a storyteller, actress, and retired high school librarian from Youngstown, Ohio. She has a B.S.Ed. in Speech/Drama from Kent State University. Jocelyn is the first African-American to receive a Master’s Degree in Storytelling/Reading from East Tennessee State University. She is the author of one picture book, Nana Bea & Me. Jocelyn performs with her husband, Robert who accompanies her with his inspired singing and lively drumming. They have presented programs and workshops for schools, libraries, universities, and conferences across the country. Jocelyn has performed at the International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee as well as the International Reading Association Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. She and Robert are charter members of the Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers (CABS) and members of the National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS). Jocelyn and Robert are 2020 Inductees into the NABS Brother Blue Circle of Elders.

Roger Sams

Roger Sams retired from the music classroom in 2013 after 31 years of teaching music in public and private schools. He has served as adjunct faculty, teaching methods courses and supervising student teachers at Cleveland State University and has been on the faculty in teacher education programs at the University of St. Thomas, Cleveland State University, Akron University, the University of Montana, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and other venues throughout the US. Roger is a regular presenter at state, regional, and national conferences, has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees, and has worked with teachers throughout the US and in Canada, China, Indonesia, India, Poland, and Scotland. Trained in Gestalt therapy, Roger is interested in the power of choice in the artistic process, teaching, and life. He is the co-author of “Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom” with Beth Ann Hepburn.

Storytelling, Rhythm, Rhyme, and Song


one time payment

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.


"Love this webinar! The movement ideas are wonderful! And so many of these ideas will work wonderfully for those of us who are Zooming."

Marfaret H.
Music Educator

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