The Bonus Point Band has performed at schools across the southeastern United States. Highlights include their performance at City Stages in Birmingham, Alabama. Lead singer and songwriter, Ash Kizer teaches fifth grade at Adamsville Elementary School in Adamsville, Alabama. He has written hundreds of EduPop study songs, a few commercial jingles, a school song, and two radio show themes.
The Bonus Point Band uses music to motivate and educate people of all ages. Their live shows incorporate art and movement to thrill and excite the jumping masses of lifelong learners.
Ash Kizer has been named "Stellar Teacher" five times by the Space Day Foundation sponsored by NASA and Lockheed Martin. Also, he was named a 2008-2009 NAIS "Teacher of the Future".
Mr. Kizer has taught five years of public school and eight years at an independent school. He has a B.S. degree from Freed-Hardeman University and a Master's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Music moves minds, expands horizons, and allows one to view the world and its components in ways never before imagined. It transforms ordinary things and lessons into extraordinary tales and makes learning fun. In the words of Ash Kizer's Bonus Point Band: "Your mind is a muscle... You can do anything When it's under your command." Research suggests that music can be an invaluable tool for teaching and learning. Since its first publication in 1983, Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences has convinced educators all over the world to open their minds to affecting the "musical-rhythmic intelligence." Using music to teach specific lessons in and out of the classroom is a relatively new tool, but it is quickly growing support especially in the conceptual age. "The concept isn't new to me," says Kizer, "I grew up watching Sesame Street, and singing Bible verses in Sunday school." Researchers have proven that music is a powerful motivational tool that increases students' attention spans. Many believe that it increases the retention of content as well. Ash Kizer, seasoned teacher, musician, and performer, has always incorporated music into his daily lessons at Adamsville Elementary School near Birmingham, Alabama. By combining his love for music and enthusiasm in educating, he's created a unique repertoire for his classroom, providing students with options they never knew possible. Instead of awarding "bonus points" on every test, Kizer created his own "Bonus Point Band," giving students the option of becoming more involved in the classroom, their curriculum and, ultimately, their futures! Kizer touches on all disciplines when performing for students with the Bonus Point Band. Song topics include: geography, botany, mythology, geometry, opposites, and sequencing. With song titles such as "Boo Hoo Toodle-Loo Ms. McGoo," the words are fun to recite and sing, and lessons are easily remembered with catchy hooks and beats. As a violinist, guitarist, and trumpet player, Ash Kizer knows music. But most importantly, he knows kids. As a youth minister and elementary school teacher, he has taught children of all ages, learning how their minds work and develop. When his music is introduced to children, the way they view and absorb their education is changed forever. In the words of the Bonus Point Band, "Your mind is a muscle."
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