Dawn Anthony (DNA Muzik)

Dawn Anthony (DNA Muzik)

Dawn Anthony has served in the Charlotte area for over twenty years as a teaching artist and even longer as a performer. She enjoys utilizing music and history to build bridges to promote unity.  By partnering with other creative artists, learning and performing experiences are enhanced. Dawn has produced programming around the Charlotte area highlighting the Harlem Renaissance, Motown, and Journeys in Jazz programs.  Dawn earned her degree in music from Queens University of Charlotte, but still pursues her love for learning and teaching through cultural exchanges beyond the classroom.




  12236 Taragate Drive, Charlotte, NC 28273



Storytime: The Gift Way Up in the Closet

Program description

Author and performer, Dawn Anthony shares the story of young Melody who loves to sing constantly!  When Melody isn’t singing, she’s humming! If she could, she would rather sing than speak her conversations! One day, Melody’s grandmother tells her that she has a gift, and she sets off to find it. After searching high and low, she discovers the gift in a place she never imagined!

This is the ideal story to encourage children to discover their gifts and talents!

Note:*While no specific religious affiliation is denoted, there is a thread of faith in the story.

The book is available for preview and is also available through the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public library and Amazon.

Booking / scheduling contact

Dawn Anthony


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Music, Storytelling
Cultural Origin:
Program type: Assembly/Performance, Residency, Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Kindergarten
Subject: Language Arts, Literacy, Music, Other, Visual Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Story time sessions for “The Gift Way Up in the Closet” are available from September 9th 2019, through May 22nd, 2020.

Available times:

Story sessions for ” The Gift Way Up in the Closet” are available from 8:30am- 2pm.

Length of program: 30-45 minutes (depending on the age level)
Space / technical requirements:

For groups larger than 50, we’ll need a projector to view the images, if possible.


Assembly performances can take place in one of four spaces; A multi-purpose room, classroom, auditorium or media center. For groups larger than 50, we’ll need a projector to view the images if possible.

Fees / Ticketing:

For programs outside of Mecklenburg County, a $25 travel fee is required per session.


NC Standard Course of Study:

Build on others’ talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.

Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.

Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from the discussions.

NC Essential Standards:

NC Essential Standards:

Use maps to locate places in the classroom, school and home.

Explain the elements of culture (how people speak, how people dress, foods they eat, etc.).
Explain how the artistic expression of various groups represents the cultural heritage of North Carolina.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

Cancel only in extreme emergency. If your school must cancel, please notify us as soon as you know there is a conflict. There is a $125 cancellation fee.