Elementary Music Workshop – Saturday April 6th!



The CMEA PD committee is working hard to bring meaningful learning to all of our members.

Join us at our annual In-Service Conference on Saturday April 6th from 9am-12pm for a general music specific session/workshop titled “Spanish Songs, Poems & Musical Games from Different Cultures.”

Enter a ladybug’s garden, make a batida (fruit smoothie) with rhythmic building blocks and savor the flavor of the Spanish language. The first part of the session will consist of 3 original Spanish songs from our recently published book: El Mundo Es Mi Casa, Poems & Songs for Children, coauthored by poet Ana Isabel Saillant Valerio In the second part of the session, a variety of songs, dances and games from other local and world cultures will be experienced and developed through the Orff process, with movement, singing and percussion. Recorders are welcome, if you’d  like to bring one.

Register for just this day using the Saturday conference registration option, or join us all three days and end the conference with this great workshop!

Questions?  Email the CMEA PD Chair at

Registration for the conference to open in December 2023/January 2024 so check back then!

Laura Koulish is a retired PreK-5th grade music teacher in New York City, as well as a teacher educator. She has presented professional development workshops for music and classroom teachers at the local and national levels for universities, school districts, and Orff Chapters. She is an AOSA Certified Teacher Educator for Recorder Levels I, II & III. Laura is a co-author of three books, El Mundo Es Mi Casa: Poemas y Canciones Para Niños, A Seasonal Kaleidoscope and Melodic Weavings: A Soprano Recorder Approach for Teachers. Laura holds a B.A. in music from Oberlin College and a Master’s degree in Music Education from NYU.   She is excited to learn about different cultures and languages, and attended Summer Study Abroad Courses for Educators in China and the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Ana Isabel Saillant Valerio was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic. She holds a Doctorate in Education, a Master’s degree in Bilingual Education and a bachelor’s degree in
Elementary Education from The City College of New York.  Ana Isabel was elected “Outstanding Educator” by El Organismo Social Norteamericano for a celebration in Washington D.C. in the 14th Dominican Week. She was also recognized by the President of the Dominican Republic as a meritorious teacher, resident in the United States. She has given numerous lectures and poetry readings at conferences, universities and other academic institutions in the United States and the Dominican Republic. Ana Isabel is the author of three books of original poetry,” Del Sentir y Del Ser “(2010), “Despierten Las Aves”(2012) and “Murmullo en la Piel” (2016), and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including “Voces de la Immigración” (2007). She is a member of the organization “Solo Para Locos.” Ana Isabel is a recently retired elementary school teacher in New York City.