About "EduTunes With Miss Jenny"
Hi, and thanks for visiting "Edutunes With Miss Jenny!" I ("Miss Jenny") began writing songs for my students 22 years ago after attending a professional development seminar. The speaker explained that children learn more, retain more, and love learning through songs. I was so inspired that I began writing songs about everything I wanted to teach. When California introduced its draft for the state standards 21 years ago, I wrote a song to teach each standard to my children.
At that time, teachers at my school really wanted tools to teach these new standards. I conducted a pilot study with 80 teachers (and over 1500 children) in San Diego, CA. Other teachers used the songs in their classrooms and gave me suggestions for making the music truly user-friendly and effective with children.
Since then, I've developed over 350 educational tunes to meet children's needs. I've also developed about 150 videos, additional teacher's manuals, and children's books. Much of my current work is designed with the goal of using developmentally appropriate and effective strategies to help children to meet and exceed Common Core State Standards.
In addition to creating products, I have also worked for various companies to promote effective, research-based classroom practices, including Staff Development for Educators, the Institute for Educational Development, and the Bureau of Education and Research. Several companies, including NASA, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Wizard Schools, and Pearson Learning, along with fellow teacher-authors like Deanna Jump and Deedee Wills, have licensed songs to enhance their programs. I have also been taking doctoral classes in “Learning Design and Technology” (while teaching!!) so that I can continue to create effective tools that meet children’s needs.
Edutunes would not be possible without all the wonderful people who have helped along the way. Thanks to my husband, Robert Kramer, who supports me in every way; to my former principal, Suzanne De La Vergne, who encouraged me to get started; to all the pilot teachers who have helped to make songs truly effective in the classroom; to Lisa Lipton, one pilot teacher who has been instrumental in assisting with consulting, songwriting, and product development from the beginning; to Dawn Dershem and Mia Molinaro, two more pilot teachers who have offered tremendous support and guidance; to Bob Fixman, my father, who has given me tremendous support throughout this journey; to my musicians, Randy Renner, David Beldock, and Pierre Grill, for your amazing work; to Bradley Clopton for your graphics; to Jason de Alba for your wonderful designs; to Newton Lim for helping me to write when I injured myself; and to the parents, teachers, and kids who make this business possible every single time they place an order.
Thanks for inviting me into your home or classroom. Feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.