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I’m Bilingual!® Languages Through Music

I’m Bilingual!® is an early childhood bilingual arts program that promotes languages through music for young children. I’m Bilingual! applies a uniquely effective learning approach that introduces children, ages 0-7, to languages utilizing its award-winning materials that incorporate music, dance, art and movement.

 

I’m Bilingual! was founded by Yolanda Borrás in New York City in 1999.

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Music Specialist

Award-winning Author

Bilingual Educational Consultant

 Yolanda M. Borrás

 

Yolanda specializes in the development of music programs for children in multiple languages. She is the author of award-winning educational materials for children and leads teacher-training workshops in the United States and the Dominican Republic. Her work includes early childhood music education, educational consulting, cultural and business management.

 

In 1999, Yolanda founded I'm Bilingual!, an innovative bilingual integrated arts program for young children in New York City.  The program was taught in seven languages and was named by CBS as "Best Language Classes in NYC".  

 

Her first CD ¡Caramba! Kids, based on children’s songs in Spanish, was distributed to more than two thousand preschoolers of the Dominican Republic and received a Silver Honor by Parents' Choice Awards in the United States of America in 2006. The second CD ¡Cantemos todos juntos! has received the Tillywig Awards and Family Choice Awards in 2021. Yolanda published a teacher's guide in English and Spanish to accompany the CD ¡Cantemos todos juntos!  She has also published Los pajaritos (2017) and La Finca (2019), two illustrated songbooks for children, which have received awards from the International Latino Book Awards, Dragonfly Book Awards, Mom’s Choice Awards and Family Choice Awards.

 

In 2011 Yolanda created a foundation in the Dominican Republic as part of her life’s dream of developing a social responsibility project to offer musical and educational activities to all audiences in her native country. Currently, she is President of the Fundación de la Villa de Santo Domingo and Executive Director of Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo, an annual music festival in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo.

 

A native of the Dominican Republic with degrees from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University Teachers College, Yolanda Borrás has taught music classes in English, Spanish and French in Paris, Hong Kong, New York and the Dominican Republic. Yolanda received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Master of Educational Administration from Columbia University Teachers College in New York City. As the founder of I’m Bilingual! Yolanda was selected to participate in an SME program at Columbia Business School's Eugene Lang Center in New York City.

 

 

Yolanda is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in the field of education, and is affiliated with national and international professional organizations. Yolanda was a featured alumnus in the Johns Hopkins University Magazine for "Teaching music in many languages".  She has been interviewed by programs affiliated with NPR and by EdLab at Columbia University Teachers College. She has also been featured in national and international publications including the New York Times. Yolanda Borrás is listed in Who’s Who of Outstanding American Women and Who’s Who in American Education.

Contact: yolanda@yolandaborras.com

AWARDS

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2021  Family Choice Award

          La Finca

          Los Pajaritos 

          ¡Cantemos todos juntos! CD 

 

2021   Tillywig Toy and Media Awards 

           Category: Best Children's Products 

           ¡Cantemos todos Juntos! CD  -       

           Children's music in Spanish

2019   International Latino Book Awards

           Category: Best Educational Children's Picture Book - Spanish

           Second Place

           La Finca, Illustrated Songbook for children

           Category:  Best Latino Focused Children's Picture Book - Spanish

           Honorable Mention

 

2018   Mom's Choice Awards

           Gold Award

           La Finca

           Illustrated Songbook for Children 

2018   Mom's Choice Awards

           Gold Award 

           Los Pajaritos

           Illustrated Songbook for Children  

2018   Purple Dragonfly Awards 

           First Place - Arts/Music

           Honorable Mention - Best Illustrations

           Honorable Mention - Picture Books 5 & Younger

           Los Pajaritos

           Illustrated Songbook for Children

2018   International Latino Book Awards

           Category: Best Educational Children's Book - Spanish

           Los Pajaritos

           Illustrated Songbook for Children 

2006   Parents' Choice Awards

           Silver Honor Award

           ¡Caramba! Kids!

           Spanish CD & Song Collection for Children

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