Tell us about your music: In the 1970's I noticed the need for rich, oral language activities in the students’ heritage language, hence, I began writing songs and recapturing games grounded in rich oral traditions. I've been on this journey for over forty years and continue to write and compose bilingual songs, games, rhymes and poems for young children.
Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.): Esta Es Mi Tierra is my original version of "This Land is Your Land". My repertoire supports dual language acquisition that re-enforces multiculturalism, math, ecology, nutrition, anatomy, science, agriculture, geography, geology, zoology. My proudest achievement has been the incorporation of my books and music as supplemental curriculum in over a thousand school districts throughout the country.
What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song: There is no better way to inspire young children towards becoming effective global citizens than to integrate multicultural themes to songs and literature introducing them to two or more languages.