About Me

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. 

Published Work 

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.

Recent Posts

My first book!

If you happened across my blog and wondered why there weren’t any new posts for awhile, it’s probably because I’ve been writing for children. I’m still teaching elementary music full-time, but I’m also pursuing my love of writing. There’s even a book to show for it! And that’s not all. I’ve written two more books for the same company that will be published next fall.

My first book, Silentó: Breakout Rapper, was published by The Child’s World on August 1, 2017. It’s a biography of Ricky Lamar Hawk, also known as Silentó, the artist who brought us “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).” This book is broken into four chapters and written at a third grade reading level. The design team did a wonderful job with the photos and graphics, too! This would be a great book to share with your students to encourage composition and creativity.

Title: Silentó: Breakout Rapper

Author: Alisha Gabriel

Publisher: The Child’s World, 2017

ISBN-13: 978-1503819986


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