I will admit that rap music has more than once caused me to mutter “These kids today! Their music is just noise! When I was young, our music had a melody!” Or something like that. You know, the stuff mom said when I was young. I won’t even mention how the generous dose of misogyny that seems de rigeur in rap songs makes me feel.
And yet I confess to being delighted today when I was listening to NPR’s Here and Now and heard this story about educational rap. (Scroll down for summary.) Rhythm Rhyme Results (their tag line is “the other three R’s) brings together teachers, musicians, producers, and entrepreneurs to make some really good “noise”. Math and science are two of the curriculum areas for which rap songs have been created. Educational music – what’s not to love about this?
The content-rich lyrics adhere to state and federal curriculum standards and flow to thumping, original music.
I heard a little of the photosynthesis rap on the Here and Now program. (You can listen to a sample of it and other tracks on the RRR website – what great music for teaching!) It was awesome. If something like this can draw more young kids into math and science I am all for it.