From Across the Street Teaching Guide


This 16 page teaching guide accompanies the interactive flipbook, From Across the StreetExplore this story and the Palos music of the Dominican Republic with your students! This digital download includes a concept guide and lesson plan, sheet music for the song, From Across the Street, and coloring pages.

Bundle and save! Use the code “street” and get $5 off when you purchase this WITH the book, From Across the Street. 


From Across the Street takes Pati, an American Dominican girl who visits her Grandmother in the Dominican Republic during the summertime, on a musical exploration into one of the most widespread Dominican folkloric musical traditions, “Los Palos.” Nurtured by her Mami (Mommy) and Abuelita (Granny), Pati learns about the instruments, rhythmic patterns, singing, and meaning embedded in the musical expression.

Del otro lado de la calle lleva a Pati, una niña dominicana estadounidense que va a visitar a su abuela a la República Dominicana en los veranos, a una exploración musical de una de las más difundidas tradiciones folclóricas musicales del país, los Palos. Motivada por su mamá y abuelita, Pati aprende sobre los instrumentos, los patrones rítmicos, los cantos y el significado asociado con esta expresión musical.

This teaching guide provides ideas for using the book in your classroom and performing the song, From Across the Street, with your students!

This product comes with: 

  • PDF teaching guide with concept plans and lesson ideas
  • Sheet music for From Across the Street
  • Coloring pages of Palos instruments

Bundle and save! Use the code “street” and get $5 off when you purchase this WITH the book, From Across the Street. 



Socrates Garcia

Wanda Vasquez-Garcia

About the Author

Wanda Vásquez Garcia is an ABAR general music educator, choir director, advocate, and clinician. A proud Afro-Latina native of the Dominican Republic currently living in Colorado,  she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, the first University on the American Continent, and a Master’s Degree in Music Education with an emphasis on choral music from the University of Northern Colorado. You can learn more about Wanda here–>

Sócrates Garcia is a composer, arranger, producer, recording engineer, bandleader, guitarist, and educator. He currently is an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Music Technology at the prestigious Jazz Studies Program of the University of Northern Colorado. As an arranger/producer and recording engineer, his work is found on numerous albums and a myriad of side-projects. Dr. Garcia’s recording and performing credits include the Grammy-winning album Yo Por Ti by Olga Tañon; Milly Quezada’s Tesoros de mi Tierra (14 on Billboard’s Tropical Song charts); and national and international performances with the Socrates Garcia Latin Jazz Orchestra, among others. You can learn more about Sócrates here–>




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