WBEZ | Matt Baron http://www.wbez.org/tags/matt-baron Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Future Hits serves up kids’ music adults can enjoy too http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/future-hits-serves-kids%E2%80%99-music-adults-can-enjoy-too-101105 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/future%20hits.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="Matt Baron. (Photo by Justin Reid Tvedt)" /></div><p>When Chicago Public Schools bilingual teacher Matt Baron searched for songs to help teach his students, he wasn&rsquo;t too impressed with the options he found. Solution? He started writing his own.</p><p>Baron has applied his backgrounds in <a href="http://www.coachhousesounds.com/">music</a> and teaching to write more than 40 songs over the past year-and-a-half. Each one is designed to teach grammar or vocabulary, plus a &ldquo;life lesson&rdquo; of sorts.</p><p>Earlier this year, Baron&#39;s band, <a href="http://futurehits.org/theband">Future Hits</a>, released a CD featuring some of the top classroom hits. It&#39;s called <em><a href="http://futurehits.org/music">Songs for Learning</a></em>.</p><p>You can hear Future Hits play free Monday and again on Wednesday at Millennium Park&rsquo;s <a href="http://explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/special_events/dca_tourism/family_fun_festival.html">Family Fun Festival</a>. But first, Baron came to&nbsp;<em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> with band mates Emma Hospelhorn and Ben Sutherland to play some tunes and explain the lessons behind them.</p></p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 10:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/future-hits-serves-kids%E2%80%99-music-adults-can-enjoy-too-101105