Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin is an award-winning teacher, singer/songwriter, and storyteller with a passion for making learning fun. After retiring from LAUSD, he now runs a small educational nonprofit called GriffinEd (www.GriffinEd.org) dedicated to raising achievement in science, math, history, and other subjects for grades K-8 through fun educational music. Think “Schoolhouse Rock” and you’re getting warm. A study in 2012 showed significant academic gains for kids working with Tim’s music for five minutes a day, but don’t tell the kids that: you might spoil the fun. Because GriffinEd is funded mainly by grants and donations, all of of Tim’s work (live shows, songwriting workshops, his online library of fun teaching songs, etc.) is offered to schools and other places of learning regardless of ability to pay.

Note to parents: Tim tries hard to make his music listenable for grownups so you won’t want to crash the minivan just to make the music stop. His work has been featured by the California Science Teachers’ Association, the National Science Teachers’ Association, Mensa, the World Science Fiction Convention, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science; he is an artist in residence serving the Theodore Payne Foundation for California native horticulture and the L.A’s BEST foundation for kids in Title-1 schools. Tim has published four albums of fun, mostly educational music, with a fifth coming soon. It’s all streaming at www.GriffinEd.org; it’s fun, it’s free, and it really works.

Workshops & Presentations

  • Music and Stories with Tim Griffin

    60 min | Family Garden

    Join award-winning teacher, singer/songwriter, and storyteller Tim Griffin for fun, family-friendly songs and stories about science, math, California history, and boogers.

  • Songwriting Workshop For Lucid Beginners

    90 min | Family Garden

    Ever wanted to write your own song? Join award-winning teacher, singer/songwriter, and storyteller Tim Griffin for a no-stress, step-by step workshop on turning those voices in your head into songs you can share. No musical experience required; seriously, it's not as hard as you think!

  • Ancient Arts In The Modern Classroom

    60 min | Family Garden

    Long before the printing press, our ancestors taught their children through storytelling, music, dance, and other arts. Join award-winning teacher, singer/songwriter, and storyteller Tim Griffin for a look at modern cognition research on how these ancient tools are raising academic achievement in today’s classroom, as well as some easy arts integration strategies that don’t require a degree in fine arts to use with kids! This workshop is aimed at teachers, parent volunteers, and anyone else with an interest in education.


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