Songs for Learning

by Future Hits

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  • The highly anticipated debut album by Future Hits is now available! Each song is sure to resonate with folks of all ages, and can be used inside the classroom as a supplemental teaching tool or inside the car for the family to enjoy. The album's booklet contains lyrics, chords, and teaching standards so that the album can be utilized in many ways, not only as something excellent to listen to...

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about

The notion of music aimed at young people that is both engaging and pedagogically meaningful is not new. There are lots of great kid’s songs out there, and many of them, in addition to being entertaining, are also meaningful. But Matt Baron’s project is different. He’s not just making music for children – he’s bringing together his experience as a public school teacher with his aptitude for songwriting to make curriculum-based rock music that is as appealing to adults as it is educational to children.

Each song adheres to Common Core research-based educational standards (i.e., standardized guideposts that teachers nationwide use to develop their lessons). In addition to the music, Matt has developed lesson plans that include differentiated spelling worksheets and tiered, higher order thinking follow-up activities that can be used to facilitate anything from a mini-lesson to a catalyst for a project-based unit. The music and educational materials can be used to supplement one’s current curriculum and also to explore new themes. These songs are not vague stabs at “what might work” – each song is at once a language lesson, a musical journey, and a reflection on daily life that can resonate with both children and adults. Each song has been rigorously vetted by 30 to 60 of the most important critics a song could have: classrooms of six and seven year-olds for whom English is often a second language.

These songs were written to coincide with lessons in a first grade classroom with native-language English speakers and English-language learners. However, children of all ages and learning levels can relate to the songs. This is because Matt’s work, first and foremost, is engaging. The songs are written in the first person. They don’t pander to children. Matt says,

“When listening to the songs, the children have told me that they can imagine themselves in the songs, and they create their own narratives based on what the songs are.”

Gene Booth & Emma Hoselhorn
January 2012 - Chicago, IL

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released 10 April 2012

Matt Baron: music, lyrics, vocals, guitar
Emma Hospelhorn: bass, vocals, flute
Ben Sutherland: drums, vocals, timpani
Mark Greenberg: engineer, multi-instrumentalist
Jack Baron: saxophones
Nathaniel Braddock: guitars
Little Miss Ann: vocals

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Uniquely adaptable for a classroom, library, or a rock club, Future Hits defies the laws of family music. Future Hits spawned from a lightbulb moment by rock musician and Chicago Public School teacher Matt Baron. Since 2011, Baron's method of imbedding creativity and culture into the classroom with fuzzy, poppy tunes has evolved into over forty songs and performances outside of the school setting. ... more

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Track Name: At The Library
This past year I read
A hundred good books
On Saturdays at noon
I love to take a look

In the library

I still love to go
To the pool and zoo
But to get to the moon
I need to walk by foot

To the library

In the past books took
Way too long to read
Instead of giving up
I started practicing
On a rainy day
All that I need is
A lunchbox full of food
And another good book

From the library
Track Name: Favorite Food (feat. Jack Baron)
Stuck inside the house
We’re about to shout
All the clouds are out
Too many to count
Let’s not pout we should
Figure something out

We found something to do
Make mom her favorite food
She loved it the last
Time, we made it fast

With a big wooden spoon
From our cupboard door
In a big round pot
Stir spices, so hot!

When she took a bite
Her mouth smiled wide
But then she moved to the couch
Her stomach kept saying “ouch ouch ouch”

Her mouth smiled wide
Track Name: Sign by the Sea (feat. Little Miss Ann)
There’s a sign by the sea that invites me
Each time I pass by, I dream of what we could find

So I gather a team of friends
We clean all our supplies
Journey to the beach
And cast out our lines

We hope to catch a big fish
Whose meat is lean, rich, and sweet
Food from the sea makes any dish
A healthy, delectable treat to eat

Oh please Mr. Sea
Help my friends and I find fish to eat
Your colors like dreams
So hard to catch, so easy to see

There’s a sign by the sea that invites me
Track Name: Cross the Street (feat. Nathaniel Braddock)
Cross the street slowly
Not a time to be playful
Don’t run! Walk quickly
Look left! Look right! Be careful

Mom told me to cross
Only if I’m wearing shoes
Because she’s the boss
Walk safe! I’ll gladly do

Don’t dance in the street!
We can dance on the sidewalk
Sadly have a seat
If you dance when you should walk

Look both ways each time!
This is a tip that’s useful
If I don’t do it
It could be really painful!

I’ll ask nicely
Because it's wonderful
To see my friends
Being open and careful

Don’t dance in the street!
We can dance on the sidewalk
Sadly have a seat
If you dance when you should walk
Track Name: Grandpa's Farm (feat. Nathaniel Braddock)
Even though I’m just a boy
I work on Grandpa’s Farm
There are many jobs to do
None involve a toy

Plant all kinds of seeds in soil
Then boil up some corn
Grandpa said that it tastes best
With butter and oil

Grandpa goes to watch the pigs
I love to laugh and point
In my best piggy voice
I say, “oink oink oink!”

Gramps gave me a heavy coin
For my hard work today
Lean myself against the barn
So happy to join…

Grandpa’s Farm
Grandpa’s Farm
Grandpa’s Farm
Grandpa’s Farm
Track Name: Night Moon (feat. Nathaniel Braddock)
There’s a moon above
That I want to touch
It’s like a white pie
In the sky

My mom says I need
Eight straight hours of sleep
Even though she’s right
I still fight

It’s hard to sleep
When the bright light
From the high moon
Shines through my room

The moonbeams are bright
In the pitch black night
With might like a king
Hear me sing

Tie the curtain tight
It doesn’t cause fright
Up all night or half
I still laugh

It’s hard to sleep
When the bright light
From the high moon
Shines through my room
Track Name: Remember Summer?
Remember summer?
Here’s a picture you took last year
We look outside
Wonder when the sun will get here

Stood inside our room
Thought all icy dark winter long
Our mom said herself
Can’t wait to hear a bluebird song

Remember summer?
Here’s a picture you took last year
We look outside
Wonder when the sun will get here

Baseball will start soon
I’ll trade my lunchbox and backpack
Brainstorm what to do
With a suitcase and a flashlight

Remember summer?
Here’s a picture you took last year
We look outside
Wonder when the sun will get here
Track Name: Family Road Trips
In summer we go on road trips
Each time to a different place
At first I’m always unhappy
There’s too much stuff to carry
I’m unkind in all my ways
I’m unkind in all my ways

But when we start to move
It’s a different story
My frown starts to undo
I untie my two shoes
Undress my big sweater
Get comfy in shorts and a tee

Dad retells a story
The same one every year
When we stop to refill
It’s much easier to hear
He reopens the book
But I know he knows it by heart

I don’t know how I can repay
My parents for all they do
At first I am always bored
I want a refund of time
But the memories are prime
All the memories are fine
Track Name: Out in the Country
Being from the city I never saw
Stars so pretty or a raccoon’s paw
A lawn so large I wonder who built
All these huge fences, it looks like a quilt

Out in the country, so much to learn
A lot like science, plus a sunburn
Out in the country, it’s like the law
To work hard and chew hay in your jaw

I wake up early, there’s no time to draw
Yawn like crazy, drink juice from a straw
Off to build fences, Look! There goes a hawk
It flies through the sky, I work and walk
Only in my dreams could I fly so high
All this tough work makes me crawl and cry

Out in the country, so much to learn
A lot like science, plus a sunburn
Out in the country, it’s like the law
To work hard and chew hay

Out in the country, so much to learn
A lot like science, plus a sunburn
Out in the country, it’s like the law
To work hard and chew hay in your jaw
Track Name: Yellow Boat
Spring has sprung
The snow is gone
A road is clear
To the pond

I don’t need a coat
In my yellow boat
The wind blows
No point to row

Wind, blow warm
I love it here
Yellow boat, you’re my best friend
You take me where I need to go
Even if I don’t know where it is

I go home
Draw a bath with soap
Eat a loaf of bread
That’s soft I hope

I’ll brush my teeth
And rest my head
On a cold pillow
I think I’ll dream about today

The warm wind and my yellow boat
Take me where I need to go