Books that Sing - Stories that Dance! Incorporating Music, Movement, and Imagination with Literature!

Lara Davis
Pedagogy Track
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This active session will enhance dramatic skills through interactive participation! Attendees will explore techniques for integrating music & movement with books & storytelling to promote fundamental music concepts, creativity, cross-curricular connections, and literacy with their young students. Activities will range from expanding rhythmic text into simple song & finger plays - to full dramatization incorporating movement, instruments, props, classical listening selections, and more! Teachers will gain confidence in participatory storytelling from hands-on experience with specific texts & musical excerpts and expand their teaching repertoire with powerful resources.


LARA DAVIS, B.M.E. is the founder/owner of Kidstunes (, and co-founder/owner of Kidstunes Music Academy.  Kidstunes provides developmentally appropriate music & movement education to childcare and private school settings across North Carolina, while the Academy conducts small group piano classes.  Lara’s holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, Level 3 certification with ECMMA, and has worked with young children for over 25 years!  Her background also includes teaching as elementary & middle school music specialist, choir, musical theater, special needs populations, and as an accompanist.  Since 1995, she has incorporated her experience and research into the very heart of Kidstunes, composing original age-appropriate music, continually updating the curriculum through work with the most relevant leaders in the field, and personally mentoring each Instructor.  Lara has presented for local schools as well as numerous national and regional conferences with various organizations in the fields of Education and Music.  Her workshops are accredited by the North Carolina Division of Child Development for Continuing Education credit.  She has held several leadership positions with ECMMA and also remains a member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, the National Association for Music Education and the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children.