Songs in the key
Our anti bullying songs make it cool to be
different. Our inspirational teaching songs make it easier to be brave. Our SEL
packed kindness lyrics inspire young people
to dig deeper for the real truth and nothing but the truth. Uncovering deeper
wisdoms, finding one's sense of humor and a sense of proportion whenever
possible leaves a young person kinder, stronger, more in tune with the world and themselves.
These inner strengths can save them from turning into bullies, and can also help them
better deal with bullies that might show up.
Our songs and lesson plans (grades 1-HS) inspire critical thinking and are
aligned with CC standards for English Language Arts. Our mission is to empower students one
empowering insight at a time!
“The Baseball Cap”
When Lessia Bonn's oldest son was seven, she put him a progressive alternative school. Ty
was a quiet kid, gifted and quirky, comfortable in his own skin. On the first day
at his new school, he
wore his baseball cap, and was immediately told by a few others
"You've got your cap on wrong. Turning it backwards is the cool way to wear
a cap." Ty smiled back and said "That's okay. I like it this way.”
Needless to say,
Ty soon become king of the classroom. By the time he hit
sixth grade, the other kids were following him around like little puppies. It just seemed
this quiet kid had something mysterious and cool going on... and he did! He was authentic.
all this inspired amused mom, Lessia, to pen a song called A Nonconformist. An involved parent and music teacher
at the school, she brought the song to music class where it became an
immediate hit! Not only did the kids take to the song, they also embraced the
concept as every last kid decided suddenly they also wanted to be a nonconformist!
Parents thanked Lessia profusely for handing their kids a clue with just one
simple tune. This became an aha moment. Lessia thought to herself "Wow, what if I write more
songs like this?"
ensuing decade, Lessia mentored many giant crews of singing tweens and teens
while also serving as informal counselor and producer. (CREW STORY
video.) As students shared personal challenges with Lessia daily, she began
helping them uncover solutions to their challenges with powerful insight-packed
song lyrics. From here our IABPM
library was born!