SKULE.org is 501(c)(3) educational non-profit with a mission, and acronym, to Spread Knowledge Using Lyrics & Entertainment. We are a community of teachers, music artists, visual artists, and students who all have a common goal: Make Learning Fun. If you are a teacher or administrator and would like us to come to your school, either for an assembly performance or to make a video with your students and staff, please fill out the form on our partnerships page and we will get in touch with you! We are a group of selfless go-getters who will do whatever it takes to make sure your students get to have fun and learn! You can always email firstname.lastname@example.org directly if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas!
Why We Do What We Do
There are many things competing for a kid’s attention. Our goal is to make learning so compelling that it “wins” the competition. This will eventually foster a natural sense of curiosity and inclination for students to view learning as a “fun” task – just like watching a movie or listening to music. The results would not just be an immediate boost in student outcomes, but a longer term mindset change. We strive for a society where adults value lifelong learning and have a thirst for knowledge.
SKULE.org is an extension of MC SKULE‘s earlier work in combining music with learning. It is run by a dedicated team committed to helping students learn. Check out the team biographies in the section below!
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Rohen Shah is the 2018 National Tutor of the Year, and the CEO of DiagKNOWstics Learning. A former high school math teacher in Detroit, he decided to dedicate himself to #MakeLearningFun after creating a few viral educational rap songs as MC SKULE. Prior experiences also include managing a national tutoring company (Far From Standard) and teaching courses at the University of Michigan. He has collaborated with Chuck Alkazian, Rupan Bal, Voyageur Academy, and Crissman Elementary to make songs that help people learn. He has been featured in the Michigan Daily, Ann Arbor News, MLive, NBC’s Channel 4, among others. Through SKULE.org he continues making more educational rap songs. He performs these songs along with IV Green at schools around the country, helping other teachers integrate music into their own classrooms.
A “former class clown” who loves art and fashion, Amber Koch decided to dedicate herself to #MakeLearningFun after she realized she’s basically just a really tall kid being obsessed with unicorns and pizza. She loves to learn and has her Bachelor’s degree in Radiation Therapy. She also developed the I.V. Green character, aiming to help kids learn about environmental issues and science. (trivia: IV stands for “Inspirational Voice”). She leads SKULE.org’s Gifts that Lifts segment, and manages our social media.
A 28-year-old who could pass as a kid when he fully shaves, Michael Dante decided to dedicate himself to #MakeLearningFun after being thoroughly impressed with MC SKULE‘s Beyond Average and 99 Math Problems. He studied mathematics while at university. Dante currently lives in Porltand, OR where he is the singer, guitarist, and chief songwriter of the punk/jazz band Libido Cornucopia. Dante lends his percussive and sound engineering talents to help SKULE.org fulfill its mission.
A visual mastermind, Drake Whelton decided to dedicate himself to #MakeLearningFun after directing 99 Math Problems. He is passionate about combining his left and right brain to make creative videos in an efficient way. Prior experience includes being the founder of White Knuckle Films, and a videographer for the Saginaw Spirits.
Lucky For Math, That’s What I Like!
This Bruno Mars parody to “That’s What I Like” was made by Inspirational Educator Mr. Shah (aka “MC SKULE”)’s middle school math class at Voyageur Academy. It teaches about “Equations”, and how to solve them! Instrumental Track from Bruno Mar’s Original Song. Recording and Videography by Joe Vercellino of Voyageur Academy. Student singer: Maram Aljahmi
Since my middle school students kept singing Bruno Mars's "That's What I Like" in class, I decided we would make a math parody song to that. Hope you enjoy – the kids really had fun making the video (and hopefully learned a little about equations) :). Thanks to Voyageur Academy's Music Teacher Joe Vercellino for recording the audio and filming the music video!YouTube Version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSbzceePhEY #Detroit #BrunoMars #ThatsWhatILike #Equations
This song about gender equality was filmed in Toronto (our first international video!) and directed by well-known Bollywood director Rupan Bal. Written by MC SKULE and featuring IV Green, this video is our most viewed video to date, with over a million views.
"Feminism" is a seemingly controversial word. This song by me and I.V. Green, directed by Rupan Bal, helps us understand that it is not what many people think. Feminism, or "gender equality", shouldn't be a political issue: it's for everyone. As the song says, "This issue isn't right or left; it's about right or wrong". Hope you enjoy!
JAY Z and MC SKULE Flip The Script in this Math Rap! Featuring Anna Hilliard and I.V. Green!Visit www.SKULE.org/donate to support the mission and learn more!YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb2KCZxR4Uc #99MathProblems #MakeLearningFun
Encourage your kids to pick up a book, take charge, and read this Summer! Enjoy this Reading song by MC SKULE, Anna Hilliard, and I.V. Green in their parody to WALK THE MOON's "Shut Up and Dance!" Brought to you by Crissman Elementary School; Creative Direction by Laura Hamrick; Videography by Drake Whelton; Music Production by Michael Dante; Recording, Mixing, and Mastering by Chuck Alkazian of Pearl Sound Studios. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM8Dwk-eLts
Here is the video for Let’s Go Out and Vote, featuring Marissa Bennett and JSR. The song teaches about the “Electoral College”, and was released before the 2016 presidential elections. The video received over a quarter million views on Facebook during its first week. It was featured on the homepage of the National Tutoring Association, and in an article in the Michigan Daily.
In what is becoming one of the most important elections of our time, we all have a common enemy: ignorance. We hope this song helps you understand what the "Electoral College" is – and laugh a bit in the process! Happy Learning! Song: "Let's Go Out and Vote!" by MC SKULE Featuring Marissa Bennett and JSRYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCyLyxwWlmkiTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lets-go-out-and-vote!-single/id1164285129