•  June 16, 2023
     11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Using Music to Support Early Literacy for All Children

Learning Level 2: Intermediate/Application

Intended Audience – Administrators, ECSE/General Educators, Paraeducators, Family Members, Family Educators, Psychologists, Social Workers, SLPs, OT/PTs

Description – Repurpose already known books to be used in online or real-life circle time programming in an engaging style, incorporating more movement and participation from young learners, and providing opportunities for diverse learners to engage in new ways, regardless of their developmental level in language acquisition. Gain access to supplemental activities and guides to other books, with an emphasis on diverse representation and bilingual resources. Learn variations on techniques that will encourage and support the development of early literacy and math skills, as well as language acquisition in an inclusive, playful environment to engage diverse learners. Note: Although the trainers are the same and the titles are similar, the content of this intermediate-level in-person training will be different than the introductory-level webinar offered in 2021 and 2022 that was called Bilingual Musical Story Time! – Using Music to Support Early Literacy. If you joined that webinar and enjoyed it, we encourage you to register for this workshop to learn more from Alina Celeste and Hamlet “Mi Amigo” Meneses! If you didn’t join that introductory webinar, no problem – previous training is not required.

Continuing Education – This training will provide 2 contact hours for the following:

  • Educator License Renewal
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 8
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area E (Org. ID# B40093, Event ID# )

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.


  • Alina Celeste Hevia
    Alina Celeste Hevia was born in Miami, Florida. She is a content creator, musician, educator and writer. She has performed for children and families and taught workshops for parents and educators throughout the United States, as well as in Melbourne, Australia and Santiago, Guatemala. She is a Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner for her YouTube channel, Alina Celeste Music and a Parents’ Choice Silver Award winner for her bilingual album, Love Is Te Quiero. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Music Network and tours nationally, performing music for children and families and conducting workshops for educators.
  • Hamlet Meneses
    Hamlet Meneses was born and grew up in Guatemala and settled in Chicago in 1990. Endowed with an artistic spirit, he sang in choirs as a teen and young adult but did not begin formal guitar studies until 2005, when he entered Chicago’s famed Old Town School of Folk Music. There, he learned flamenco fundamentals with the school’s flamenco and dance accompanist, Mehran Jalili, and bossa nova with Paulinho Garcia. These styles have greatly influenced his music. He subsequently became a Hola Wiggleworms teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and his musical contributions there continue to this day. Hamlet’s life has been marked by challenges. Raised by his grandmother, he grew up without parents, was hit by a car at the age of 11, became a gang member and lived on the streets of Guatemala City as a teen, and was the target of gunfire as early as age 16. Rescued from the streets by a Presbyterian church, he completely turned his life around and went on to become a successful graphic designer, musician, and visionary. The challenges did not stop, however, for the same year he arrived in Chicago, before he could even speak English, he broke his back, was temporarily paralyzed from the waist down, and spent eight months in a wheelchair and walker while attending physical therapy to learn to walk again. Then at the age of 44 he was stricken with cancer, which later spread to his lungs. Hamlet survived all this, surmounting these obstacles with a strong determination to make the world a better place. In addition to his work with children in his GoCreative Programs, he recently founded the BeingBilingualRocks Foundation with the intent of bringing concerts to underserved communities. The change in the US political dynamic after the November 2016 presidential election spurred Hamlet to move forward with even greater determination to be a positive advocate for kids and families, teaching love and acceptance through well-produced, flavorful bilingual music, his GoCreative Programs, and his new BeingBilingualRocks Foundation.


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