Griffin Education Solutions (GriffinEd) is a 501c3 educational non-profit (IRS #45-5513411) dedicated to putting music to work for education. Our goal is to give every child access to fun(!) music that will help them master the content and vocabulary they need for success in school, regardless of ability to pay.
Our website, GriffinEd.org, is a free online library of fun educational music for kids in grades K-8th. All of our music is free for streaming and download, along with printable lyrics, lesson ideas for teachers, and detailed notes on alignment to the standards of the Common Core, NGSS, etc. We also offer live shows and songwriting workshops; payment for these is optional for schools and other places of learning. A study in 2013 showed significant gains in students’ science vocabulary after only two weeks of working with our music for a few minutes each day, and we do not believe this is a fluke: we are working in the same tradition as the bards, skalds, and griots who have kept and spread their peoples’ knowledge since humans first sat around a campfire.
GriffinEd is mostly funded by tax-deductible donations. If you agree that music is one of our most powerful tools for memory and that all children should have free access to fun teaching songs, please consider making a tax-deductible donation of any amount. Thanks for being part of our mission!
Speaking of our mission, here are some of the people who make it happen:
Executive director, writer, guitar, piano, vocals
Tim taught all subjects in Title-1 elementary schools in Los Angeles for 18 years before giving up his tenure to start Griffin Education Solutions, better known as GriffinEd. He loves writing and sharing new music with kids and seeing how they not only get excited about the STEM and other subjects we teach, but actually perform better on standards-based assessments of their knowledge and vocabulary when they work with our music. Tim has performed to great hilarity and edification for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Science Teachers’ Association, the California Science Teachers’ Association, Mensa, dozens of science fiction & filk conventions, plus a few hundred schools, libraries, museums, and other places of learning. In 2014, Tim won the Pegasus Award for best songwriter/composer. He considers himself a teacher first, a musician and storyteller second.
Guitar, banjo, vocals
Abby has been a professional musician in Los Angeles for the past 10 years. She has composed music for commercials/TV, films, and radio shows around the globe (including The Film Old Fashioned, and This American Life Radio, and new TV show The Art of More), and she has been placed all over the UK and Germany. Posner appeared in two episodes of GLEE on season four playing banjo and guitar, and she scored two feature documentaries, while playing and touring with several bands over the course of her time in Los Angeles. Abby formed her own band ‘Abby and The Myth’ in 2014 and they have taken LA by storm with their catchy indie folk songs. The Myth released their EP “Ghosts and Frames” April 2015, and have been touring through the Northwest and Southwest. They recently had a residency at the famous Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, and will be recording a new full length record in 2016!
Keyboards, musical arrangements, vocals
Brian is an accomplished comedic composer, songwriter, recording artist, and actor. He has composed music for hit TV shows American Pickers and Say ‘Yes’ to the Dress: Atlanta; the HBO movie Phil Spector, starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren; and the score for an upcoming Walt Disney theme park attraction. Brian has also starred as Elton John in the music video parody of CSI:Miami, and has been a voice actor for several animated shorts for the web series Sketchy, by Yahoo. Additionally, Brian has co-written original musicals and cabaret acts, collaborated with LA comedians as songwriter and musical director, performed nationally as an improv. dueling piano player, and toured as keyboardist for Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin.
Dr. Chris Robinson
Consulting professor of life science, catcher of mistakes
Dr. Robinson is a paleoanthropologist who studies evolution among humans and other primates. He co-directs a project exploring Early Pleistocene sites in Romania to learn more about how environmental changes during that time influenced the dispersal of the first humans into Europe. He is a tenured professor of biology at Bronx Community College where he has taught general biology, anatomy, physiology, and bioethics for 13 years. He has co-authored a published lab manual for general biology, as well as several popular articles on teaching evolution in biology courses and the evolution of altruism in humans. His own altruism includes vetting the lyrics of GriffinEd’s life science songs for bonehead mistakes. Any errors that remain in GriffinEd’s life science songs probably happened because we didn’t listen closely enough to Dr. Robinson.
Dr. Jane Robinson
Dr. Jane Robinson was fascinated by living things since she could walk. As a little girl she loved to observe nature up close, and loved bones especially. She went on to earn degrees in biology, zoology, and paleontology; and became a museum scientist at UC Berkeley. Just for fun, she wrote and performed brilliant songs about evolution, dinosaurs, and life in academia. Over the years, Dr. Jane released three albums of crazy science music upon an unsuspecting public: Wackademia, Fossil Fever, and Remains. In 2005, Dr. Jane became Dr. Jim, who no longer performs but remains a prized part of the GriffinEd team, using small words and talking slowly to help us get the science right.
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