On the Shelf: African American Picture Books for General Music Classroom

Friday, January 11, 2019
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Tampa Convention Center
General Music Elementary
Grade Levels
Sponsored By
2019 FMEA Picture Book Handout


This session will discuss ways in which African American picture books will introduce children to different styles of music, cultures, and perspectives. In the elementary classroom, it is important for children to relate to the characters and experiences found in picture books so they can make connections between the literature and their own culture. This repertoire of African American picture books will inspire and have a lasting impact on students of all cultures.

Arnekua D. Jackson 

Frank Hartsfield Elementary School
Music K-5 and Choral Director

Ms. Arnekua Jackson is a PhD student in General Music at Florida State University. She is also the Music and Chorus Teacher at Hartsfield Elementary in Tallahassee, FL for the past eight years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. After completing her BS in Music Education, Ms. Jackson was accepted into the Master’s of Music Education program at Florida State University. In 2010, she completed her degree in Master’s of Music Education. She is a member of FMEA and FEMEA.
Ms. Jackson has served as Leon County’s District Chairman for K-5 music for two consecutive years. Furthermore, she acted as one of three committee members who developed a county wide music pacing guide to be used as a model curriculum. In 2014, she was named "Teacher of the Year." Arnekua has been a elementary curriculum fair presenter and session presenter at FMEA Professional Development Conference in Tampa, Florida.

Session Coordinator:
Pauline Latorre

The FMEA Professional Development Conference and All-State Ensembles are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.