Keynotes and Workshops
Interactive Literacy & Music
Get ready to sing, dance and fall in love with interactive literacy and music. Eric’s presentation is fun, inspirational and practical. He shares simple, interactive songs and stories that teachers and librarians may use the next day. No musical experience is necessary. Eric shows how traditional techniques such as call and response, repetition and creative movement are applied in literature, music, everyday lessons, classroom management and transitions. With his guitar, harmonica and dynamic singing voice, Eric will have everyone singing, dancing. moving and grooving. Eric will share his # 1 New York Times best selling Pete the Cat books as well as his new characters and books. Learn more at
"I loved Mr. Michael's presentation! It was engaging and entertaining and PRACTICAL. I got a lot of ideas that I will take back in use in my storytimes. I learned new songs and stories, as well as new ways to use songs that I already know."
Youth Services Librarian
"Mr. Michael" Levine is the co-founder of The Learning Groove (TLG), which offers music classes, preschool music curriculum, and an extraordinary line of educational music. He also is the music producer of the first four New York Times bestselling Pete The Cat books by Eric Litwin and James Dean, and he regularly performs Pete The Cat stories & TLG songs at concerts, workshops & keynotes throughout the nation.
As a singer-songwriter, he has won many awards and has opened for such acts as Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, Live, Joe Walsh, and many more. As a performer for children, he plays guitar, bass, and percussion, and he uses the latest hip-hop technology to create live music loops and beats. Learn more at www.michaellevine.net.
"I wish all the professional development we attend was as engaging as Jennifer's! She gave us strategies we could immediately use with our kids as we integrate music and movement in our instruction.
Julie Stokes, Literacy Coach, Dalton, GA
Jennifer is an award winning songwriter and a powerhouse on stage. She tours schools, libraries, and Play Museums performing stories and songs that get kids jumping and growling and smiling and excited about learning. She works for The Learning Groove, walking teachers through the training process, and teaches parent/child music and movement classes in her hometown of Chattanooga, TN.
Jennifer offers interactive workshops for educators seeking to build this fun way of learning into their curriculum. Her workshops move fast and are full of laughs, music, stories, and real strategies that teachers and librarians can immediately employ. With a master's in psychology, Jennifer has a special love for individualized learning, especially for kids with special needs. She teaches participants how to see each child, and how to facilitate intentional play that motivates them.
She and husband/guitar hero, Jeff Neal, live in Lookout Mountain, GA with their 4 year old boy/girl twins, a host of tadpoles, one surviving goldfish, and their beloved canine Bob Marley. She enjoys laughing, running, soccer, growing peppers, backyard birds and fantasies of how to torment bird-food eating squirrels. Find out more at www.TLGwithJenniferDaniels.com