May 26th, 2006 07:32 EST
Judyth Piazza Jams with Creator of Vocab Rock, Keith London
Fusing hip-hop, rock and R&B, unique learning tool aims to improve college-bound students` vocabulary skills
Thomson Peterson`s, a leading provider of education and career guidance, has partnered with Defined Mind, Inc., a dynamic author and independent music producer, to publish Vocab Rock: Musical Preparation for the SAT and ACT. Vocab Rock, a combination of a CD with 12 original songs and a vocabulary-building book, will be available in April wherever books are sold.
Playing to students` love of music, Vocab Rock fuses real hip-hop, rock and other music genres with expressive lyrics and an accompanying book that helps build vocabulary and improve reading comprehension skills. Defined Mind`s Vocab Rock was created by certified education professionals and independent musicians. An affordable and effective learning tool for students who are preparing for the SAT and ACT exams, Vocab Rock is likely to build a strong following among college-bound teenagers.
"Defined Mind is dedicated to creating teaching tools that resonate with students and encourage success," said Keith London, author and Executive Producer of Defined Mind, Inc. "We strive to ensure that young adults are given the single most important key to their futures "literacy. I am very proud to have a partner as esteemed as Thomson Peterson`s; they share our vision to make "smart` cool, and just as importantly, to make "smart` a reality for today`s students."
Del Franz, Editor in Chief for Thomson Peterson`s, added, "Defined Mind`s vision, tremendous creativity, and strong academic credibility have established them as the standard in the field and we`re very excited to be working with them. We`re looking forward to bringing their work to a much broader audience, continuing Thomson Peterson`s tradition of innovation in education."
Praised by Harvard and Columbia Universities, MTV, and The New York Times, Defined Mind, Inc.`s 12 original songs work in conjunction with the book in building and reinforcing students` knowledge of more than 300 key vocabulary words found in the songs` lyrics. As each song`s chapter progresses, students encounter the same words in different contexts, offering multiple opportunities to build their test-taking confidence and literacy skills.
Vocab Rock, published by Thomson Peterson`s, will be available in April 2006 at leading national retail book outlets at a suggested retail price of $17.00.
About Defined MindDefined Mind, Inc. (www.defmind.com) was created with the singular mission of encouraging students of all abilities to succeed. Leveraging students` passion for music, Defined Mind creates teaching tools that are relevant to their interests and harness music`s ability to strengthen their minds. Defined Mind`s Vocabulary Accelerator is used by The Department of Education`s Federal TRIO Programs, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, the Police Athletic League and other respected schools and community organizations around the country. In addition, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight, The Today Show and MTV have heralded Defined Mind for its innovative approach to education.
About The Thomson Corporation and Thomson Peterson`s
The Thomson Corporation (www.thomson.com), with 2005 revenues of $8.70 billion, is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers.
Thomson Peterson`s (www.petersons.com), a part of The Thomson Corporation, is a leading provider of live, online, and print educational solutions for students, families, schools, and educators in the areas of test preparation, admissions, financial aid, and career guidance. Its Web site offers searchable databases and interactive tools for contacting educational institutions, online practice tests and instruction, and planning tools for securing financial aid. Thomson Peterson`s serves 110 million education consumers annually.
Author & Executive Producer
Defined Mind, Inc.