School Yard Rap is a company created for one purpose: to Educate through Entertainment. Founded by a veteran teacher who used hip-hop in his classroom with outstanding results, School Yard Rap is trying to spread this engaging method of instruction to schools nation-wide. School Yard Rap is here to educate students through multimodal and culturally responsive curriculum. By creating excellent music with modern sounds, we strive to make learning experiences both engaging and informative. Our model of; activating schema (making the subject relatable), adding joy (making learning fun), and making students sweat (having students do the bulk of the work to learn by increasing rigor), is the benchmark of every lesson we provide. Grounded in scientific evidence, and molded through years of experience, School Yard Rap is kid tested and teacher approved.
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Brandon “Griot B” Brown has been an educator of minds for 8 years, four of which was spent as a classroom teacher. Currently he is an assitant Principal in Richmond, CA. As a teacher he loved making music for his students/ Realizing that he was not the first to make music for students, he scoured the internet for songs that would help him. He found that though some topics were transposed into song, the production and delivery were lacking. He wanted better, so Mr. Brown took up the mantle of “Griot B”.
A Griot, in African tradition, is a historian who tells stories of the town or village through song and dance. Griot B is doing this for this new Generation and more. After receiving his Master’s Degree in Education, and completing his research thesis on the usage of music in the classroom, School Yard Rap was born. The positive results from his research necessitated a new genre of music. Music that would be used beyond just the classroom. Music that would be both Educational and Entertaining. Listen to his words, and leave enlightened, educated, and inspired. #Schoolyardrap