I’m an elementary music teacher with twenty years of experience. I won’t even mention how long I’ve played the flute, but suffice it to say a few decades. My brilliant husband is a composer and audio engineer, which has opened some doors for me and allowed me to record on more than a dozen video games and a national commercial spot.
I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas State University with an emphasis in Kodály pedagogy. A couple summers ago I completed my third level of Orff-Schulwerk at Trinity University in San Antonio. I’m also a National Board Certified Teacher. In 2010 I won a grant for SMART board technology and use it regularly in my classroom. Creating my own visual aids to use with the SMART board is part of the inspiration for this website. I hope the resources will be useful for many teachers.
As a writer, I’m focused on fiction and nonfiction picture books. My writing is also featured in a quarterly “Tech Time” column in The Encounter published by Kodály Educators of Texas.
Gabriel, Alisha. Silentó: Breakout Rapper. Mankato, MN: The Child’s World, 2017. Print.
Gabriel, Alisha. “Pennies for Patients.” Pockets August 2013: 20-21. Print.
Gabriel, Alisha. “Mini Noisemaker.” Highlights for Children April 2013: 18. Print.
Forthcoming…I’ve written two more books that will be published in the fall of 2018; one is a history and the other involves nature, both written at a fourth grade reading level.