Founder of The BOCA BETH Program
I remember one day back in 2001 . . . our daughter was only 14 months old at the time, we had just enrolled her in a nearby preschool to begin some social interaction fun after being cared for by either my husband, me, a family member or a babysitter during the first full year of her life. I was a bit hesitant to enroll her, but the care provider in the one year old room was fabulous, and I was going to be the music resource teacher for that particular preschool center so I felt I would have a great handle on her care!
Now, don’t get all excited! Ms. Music became my name, but I did not inherit some amazing musical talents overnight! I don’t sing like Carrie Underwood, I don’t write songs like James Taylor nor do I profess to have the moves of Gloria Estefan. What I do have is this overly warm and sincere love of teaching young children that they ‘get.’ Wherever I travel with my Boca Beth songs the children warm up to me within minutes, they find themselves singing and dancing in both languages and most often want to hug me good-bye at the end of the class or concert! I love it! The moment I began sharing my piggyback songs at my daughter’s preschool was the moment I knew I had found my calling!
I would write songs to melodies of familiar children’s music. For instance, I would take the tune “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and write new words to match the beat while introducing a brand new concept of how to say “Hi” and “Bye” in English as well as “Hola” and “Adiós” in Spanish. These little children (being the sponges that they are between the ages of birth to five) soaked up the new songs quickly, asking for “More Boca Beth / Más Boca Beth” with each visit I made to their preschool.
The Boca Beth Program was born! I had studied Spanish through my junior high and high school years, I lived in Chile and Mexico as an exchange student and had married into a Latino family so throughout the past 30 years of my life I have remained fluent in Spanish as my second language. (In fact, my former in-laws who hailed from Cuba and España used to comment that I spoke better Spanish than their own son!)
My goal now is to create better communication within our increasingly diverse society by providing the youth of today a fun and easy introduction to Spanish and English with music, movement and creativity. I spent more than 15 years in preschool and elementary school classrooms prior to having our daughter and have now committed myself to focus on sharing The Boca Beth Program that now features four bilingual music CDs in Spanish and English, three bilingual educational movies, a fun coloring/activity book in both languages, puppets and musical shakers.
To schedule an interview with Ms. Butler call 813.855.5393 or e-mail directly to BocaBeth@BocaBeth.com.