Educator Workshops


Workshop Offerings


“Say It with a Song — Building Language Skills Through Music”

Music is the universal language and is a powerful vehicle for teaching language. Through rhythms, rhymes, word-card games, scarves, musical instruments, and “think, pair, share” group activities, teachers learn to help students sing their way through rhyming, compound, color, pronoun, calendar and directional words as they develop basic language building.

“Books Sing: Linking Lyrics, Language, and Literacy”

Books come alive through song as we explore the link between lyrics, language and literacy through Johnette’s beloved “singable” books. Using rhyme, repetition, rhythm, melody, and sentence structure, participants collaborate to create an adapted “singable” story. An expanded version of this workshop that includes a “make and take” collage bookmaking section is available upon request (an additional bookmaking supply fee is required).

“All Children Laugh In the Same Language – Using Musical Games to Make Language Learning Fun!”

When learning is doing, learning is fun. Add music, and learning is not only fun, it is memorable, meaningful and purposeful. Through easy language skills-based musical games, children forget they are learning, grasping and applying the concepts with ease, and thus demonstrating that music and laughter are not only the best medicine, they are the best teachers. 


An early childhood music educator, keynote speaker, and presenter with twenty-eight years of international experience, Johnette Downing offers educator workshops on her classroom-tested techniques and activities for using music in the language classroom as a teaching tool. By applying her concepts, learning becomes memorable, purposeful and culturally meaningful. Through easy language skills-based songs and musical games, children find they are able to grasp and apply the concepts with ease. Drawing on students’ innate aptitude for integrating music and language, Johnette helps make teaching language a song and a dance.


AV Needs
A PowerPoint Presentation set-up is required.

Books and Recordings
Books and recordings may be available for purchase after the workshop, depending upon travel logistics, either through Johnette or through pre-orders through her publishers. Contact for more information. 

Book and CD Signings
Johnette is thrilled to sign purchased books and recordings after the workshop.