Herbie Hancock Narrates Video to Teach Kindergarteners about Music

SBO Staff • July 2021News • July 10, 2021

Treble Leads the Class cartoon video

Herbie Hancock teamed up with animators at Atomic Kid Studios and the Young Academic Research Group (YAM) at the Touro Graduate School of Education in New York City to release the first in a series of animated videos showcasing innovative methods for teaching kindergarteners about music.

Titled “Treble Leads the Class,” the video tells a story that helps kindergarteners learn about numeracy, problem-solving and computational thinking. YAM is an early phase education and research program led by professors Susan Courey, Timothy Bellavia and Roslyn Haber and funded through a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Hancock, whose commitment to educating young musicians through his work as chairman of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, led to appointments as an adjunct professor at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue. He narrates the entire video.

To watch “Treble Leads the Class,” visit

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