Rosa M. Douglass

Early Childhood Education


Rosa’s musical studies began with chorus, clarinet, and accordion in the fourth grade. In junior high she caught the ‘theater bug” then, after high school and one year at Eastern New Mexico University, she began her eclectic life of variety arts study and performance. When she finally settled in South Florida, she and fellow storyteller Judy Gail (Krasnow) created The Candy Apple Story Singers, performing in elementary schools all over South Florida. During this time, she also received a grant from the Florida Humanities Council and created an historic portrayal of a pioneer woman of Florida.

After a series of workshops in early childhood music and movement at the University of Miami, she was asked to become an instructor for UM’s Music Time program. She began teaching there in the fall of 1997 while completing her B.S. in Elementary Education from Florida International University (which she received with honors in 1999). She was with the Music Time program for over eleven years, teaching classes for children from birth to six years of age and helping to develop the Summer Camp programs. While at the University of Miami she also contributed to curriculum development and participated in research studies on structured music classes and their effect on early childhood development. Along with training provided through attendance at numerous ECMMA conferences and lectures, Rosa has received Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts training in: Artists as Educators: Planning Effective Workshops for Teachers and Giving Cues: Developing Performance Materials for Young People.

She is a member of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA) and has received a Level Two Certification from them. She was also instrumental in creating one of the first Charter Chapters of the ECMMA here in Miami and served as President for three years.