Just realized that I do have one more thing to add to this month’s (or I guess the past two months) theme of CHILDHOOD.
This is a poster I did for local Chicago band Future Hits. They are great!
Future Hits is a band whose songs are steeped in language arts curriculum, Common Core standards and social emotional learning outcomes. The songs, which are written specifically for elementary-aged students but can be enjoyed by folks of all ages, also include differentiated assessments, activities and lesson plans, all of which can be used inside and outside of a school setting. The songs incorporate various elements of most language arts curricula: vocabulary, spelling words, and other literacy themes, as well as character education.
In summer 2011, Matt Baron, an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher for Chicago Public Schools, teamed up with Emma Hospelhorn (Hollows, New Millennium Orchestra) and Ben Sutherland (associate professor of audio arts at Columbia College) to form Future Hits, a band that developed as an extension of the music Matt started writing for teaching with at two Chicago Public Schools. The band recorded their debut album, “Songs for Learning,” with Mark Greenberg (Coctails, Wilco, Andrew Bird).