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Professional Development 

Franklin is a national speaker and presenter. He has presented or provided keynotes for various music education conferences and school districts.  He has a deep passion for elementary music and helping teachers find their voice in today's classroom. His professional development methods aim to equip elementary teachers with tools to grow their program, engage community stakeholders, and enrich students with material they can relate to. 

If you are looking for a new and innovative voice to bring fresh strategies to your teachers, please tell Franklin about your development needs below.

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Past Professional Development

November 2023

Nebraska Music Educators Association Conference, Lincoln, Nebraska, Keynote Speaker, 

Carnegie Hall, Music Educators Workshop, New York, New York, Presenter

October 2023

Carnegie Hall, Music Educators Workshop, New York, New York, Presenter


September 2023

Kentucky Orff, Lexington, Kentucky, Workshop Presenter

CMA Foundation Music Teachers of Excellence, Nashville, Tennessee, Professional Development Curator

August 2023

F Flat Books Back to School Symposium, Pennsylvania, Presenter

April 2023

Lacrosse, Wisconsin Workshop Presenter

March 2023

Atlanta Public Schools, Keynote Speaker, Save the Music Foundation

New Jersey Orff, Workshop Presenter

St. Louis Orff, Workshop Presenter


February 2023

New Jersey Music Educators Association Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Elementary Music Headline Presenter

Minnesota Music Educators Association Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota Music Headline Presenter

Artist in Residence, MacPhail Music, Minneapolis, Minnesota

January 2023

Florida Music Educators Association Conference, Tampa, Florida, Elementary Music Headline Presenter

December 2022

I. T. Creswell Middle School for the Arts, S.T.E.A.M. Guest Speaker Series

Minneapolis Public Schools, Virtual Webinar, Professional Development Clinician 

November 2022

National Association for Music Education National Conference, Washington, D.C., Keynote Speaker

Virginia Music Educators Association Conference, Richmond, Virginia, Elementary Music Headline Presenter

MusicCast, F- Flat Books Podcast, Guest

October 2022

Fall Refresher Conference with the Kansas City Youth Chorus, Kansas City, Kansas, Featured Presenter

September 2022

New York City Orff Workshop, Presenter

Calgary Orff Virtual Workshop, Presenter

August 2022

F Flat Books Back to School Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, Guest Presenter

Building Authentic Student Relationships, University School District, Professional Development Presenter


June 2022

Association for Popular Music Education Conference, Detroit, Michigan, Keynote Speaker

ArtsEd SEL New Jersey - Social Emotional Learning in Action, Facilitator

University of South Carolina - Implementing Social Emotional Learning in Elementary Music, Guest Presenter

Hip Hop in Elementary Music - Vandercook College of Music - Adjunct Professor (Summer Course)


May 2022

Montgomery Clarksville Public Schools, Professional Development Presenter

VH1 Save The Music Webinar, Featured Panelist

Trauma Informed Educators Network, Podcast Guest


April 2022

American Songwriter, Rivers of Rhythm Hip Hop Episode, 

The National Museum of African American Music, Featured Guest

March 2022

Dayton Public County Schools, Guest Teaching Artist

Hip Hop in Elementary Music, Tidewater AOSA Chapter, Virtual Presenter

We Are Nashville Music Festival, Nashville Symphony, Guest Conductor

February 2022

Celebrate Black History-Middle Tennessee AOSA Orff Chapter

Washington Music Educators Association Conference - Elementary Music Headliner

University of Nebraska School of Music, Guest Lecturer

Millard Public Schools, Omaha, Nebraska, Guest Teaching Artist,


January 2022

VH1 Save the Music Webinar

Culturally Relevant Teaching in Music with Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings

Florida Educators Music Educators Association Conference, Co-Presenter

Michigan Music Educators Association Conference, Elementary Music Headliner

November 2021

Dayton County Public Schools Professional Development Workshop

October 2021

Make the Rhythm Sticks Groove - New Orleans Public Schools

Social Emotional Learning in the Music Classroom - Education Through Music 

Hip Hop in the Music Room - Central Carolina AOSA Orff

Be The Light: Building an Inclusive Classroom Through Repertoire Selection - National ACDA Webinar

Making Music in Music City - Professional Development Workshop with F. Flat Books

September 2021

Hip Hop in the Orff Classroom: Remix - Cincinnati Orff Chapter

Popular Music in Music Education: Cincinnati Public Schools

Social Emotional Learning in the Music Classroom - Utah Orff


August 2021 

Hip Hop in Elementary Music - Memphis AOSA Chapter

Back to School: The Remix - Keynote Speaker, F. Flat Books Symposium 

Hip Hop in Elementary Music - Professional Development Workshop-San Antonio, Texas

Hip Hop in Elementary Music - Westerville Public Schools


July 2021

Making Music on the First Day - Hal Leonard Virtual Music Education Summit

Culturally Relevant Teaching - Rutherford County Schools

For Teachers Who Don’t Like Moving - Co-presenter with Tyler Swick, Louisiana Music Educators Association Virtual Conference


June 2021

Hip Hop in Elementary Music - Vandercook College of Music (Summer Course)


May 2021

Hip Hop in Elementary Music - East Carver Public Schools

Social Emotional Learning in Elementary Music Online Webinar: Teaching With Orff


April 2021

Vanderbilt University - Guest Lecturer 

Hip Hop in Elementary Music - Little Rock AOSA Chapter


March 2021

Belmont University - Guest Lecturer 


February 2021

Culturally Responsive Student Leaders - Online Workshop - Reach Through Music

Podcast Recording with Dr. Scott Edgar - Music For All

Temple University - Guest Lecturer

Hip Hop in Elementary Music - Ohio State University School of Music

Headline Elementary Music Presenter - Utah Music Education Association Conference


January 2021

I Hear Music In The Air: Black History Month Activities - Online Workshop - Teaching With Orff

Keep the Beat: Rhythm Stick Routines - East Tennessee General Music Association 

Composing and Arranging For All Students - Hal Leonard & F. Flat Books Symposium

How to F.I.N.D. Brilliance In Our Students - Keynote Speaker - Teaching Artist

Podcast Episode with Black Student Association at Notre Dame University


December 2020

Teaching Artist Webinar Series with Jimmie Allen - CMA Foundation


November 2020

Improvisation in Elementary Music - Presenter - National AOSA Virtual Music Conference

Elementary Music Education - Presenter - Reach Through Music


October 2020

Hip Hop in Elementary Music - Presenter - Northern New England Collegiate Symposium in Music Education

Culturally Relevant Teaching - Presenter - University of Houston


September 2020

Tennessee State University - Guest Lecturer


August 2020

Interactive Literature in Elementary Music - F. Flat Books Back to School Symposium 

F.I.N.D. the Brilliance in our Students - Klein Independent School District


July 2020

D.R.E.A.M. in Music - Co-presenter - Tennessee Music Educators Association

Podcast Recording: The Score 


Jenn Christofferson

The workshop Hip Hop and Identity was so much fun! I can't wait to try some of the activities with my students. I teach in a hybrid situation, with some students in school and some at home. These ideas will work for both groups of learners. Thank you so much!

Teaching With Orff Participant

Mr. Willis was specific in how to accomplish bringing celebration and understanding of why to have a Black History Month and how, to a school community and families without being restrictive. There was a, "You can do this," environment even in a webinar that was unbelievable.

Laurie Gliem

One of the highlights for my students and me was the video of you reading Edward's Rhythm Sticks.  My students loved using their pencils or markers as rhythm sticks and other adults in the room loved it too!  It was something they asked for many times and kept going back to when they had free choice time to explore things independently in our Google classroom.

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