Griffin Education Solutions is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit (IRS ID #45-5513411) dedicated to putting music to work for education. Our goal is to give every child access to fun, engaging music that will help them master the content and vocabulary they will need for success in school.
Our website, www.GriffinEd.org, is a free online library of fun educational music for kids in grades K-8. All of the 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, and the state of California. GriffinEd also offers live shows and songwriting workshops to schools and other places of learning; payment for these is optional. A study in 2013 showed dramatic gains in students’ science vocabulary after only two weeks of working with our music for five minutes a day, and we do not believe this is a fluke: we are working in the same tradition as the bards, skalds, and griots who kept and spread the knowledge of their people through music in times past, but now we’re doing it online.
GriffinEd is mostly funded by tax-deductible donations. If you agree that music is one of our most powerful tools for learning and that all children should have access to fun teaching songs, please consider making a tax-deductible donation of any amount. With your support we can put fun educational music into every classroom and home.
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.