Mr. Duey, a middle school teacher and rap musician, has produced rap music and videos designed to teach children Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies with songs about Integers, Nouns, Cells and many more subjects. Educational leaders promoting innovative teaching interventions have described Mr. Duey’s music and products as a revolutionary tool to advance academic learning.
During the three-month test phase, Mr. Duey’s products has generated numerous testimonials of standardized test scores rising 10 to 15 percent and subject grades from “C’s” to “A’s” and “B’s”, some even as high as 23% increases in grades.
Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, a professor of education at Eastern Michigan University who has been named Teacher of the Year, states that Mr. Duey’s educational rap project will change education for eternity.
“Mr. Duey has created a rap curriculum that I believe will transform our schools,” says Dr. Johnson. “Teachers from all over the U.S. representing diverse culture, ethnicity, and socio-economic status testify to me that Mr. Duey’s music has profoundly increased academic achievement as well as greatly decreasing discipline problems.”
A 13-year-old girl said that after listening to “Class Dis-Missed” for 4-5 weeks she ended up making the Honor Roll three times. Sam Childs, English teacher at Southgate Gerisch Middle School where Mr. Duey previously taught at, says, getting students excited about learning is half the battle. However, when they are so excited about the method that they forget they are doing work, the battle is already won.”
“Music as a learning tool has been used for generations by preschoolers to learn their alphabet by singing the letters,” says Mr. Duey. “The repetition used in rap parallels the repetition long recognized as a powerful learning method. Sesame Street became a successful learning source by combining music and repetition. Now, decades later, educational rap is becoming even more popular with elementary students than Sesame was for pre-schoolers.”
During recent months 500-700 teachers and educators at educational conferences throughout the U.S. including New York, Chicago, and Kansas City had a chance to preview the new products and talk about them. “The teachers have shared songs from our first CD with children throughout the U.S.,” says Mr. Duey, “and their positive response has provided overwhelming evidence we are on the right track!”
Mr. Duey and his management agency (The Kaas Agency), partnered with Universal Records to ensure quality of sound and production and had Duey’s music mixed and mastered by Vlado Meller, the same engineer who worked on Kanye West, Run DMC, Lil BowWow, Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many more.
After worldwide exposure consisting of over 100 news stories and media articles, Mr. Duey released “Class Dis-Missed” 2, a follow up CD to “CDM”. It has 18 educational rap songs covering four subject areas. Mr. Duey plans on creating more videos, creating a new clothing line in 2010.
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