Over the past ten years, Alphabet Rockers has become the “heartbeat” of the music scene for children in the Bay Area. Their mission is to make learning come alive through the beats, rhymes, moves and community of hip hop. As culturally responsive educators, internationally renowned hip hop theater creators, and beloved family performers, Alphabet Rockers build audience and community daily through hip hop dance, pop grooves, beatboxing and interactive experiences. Described by presenters, educators and press alike as “smart,” “imaginative,” “engaging,” and “fresh and contemporary,” this inclusive band of educational music-makers performs at schools, venues and festivals around the Bay Area and the nation. Alphabet Rockers founder, Harvard-educated songster Kaitlin McGaw notes, “We aim to create a musical world for kids where imagination is king and queen, where everyone belongs and culture is celebrated. Music is magic, dancing is our language, and hip hop thrives as we encourage people to connect with themselves and one another through our music and performances.”
Alphabet Rockers was founded in 2007, and serve 30,000 children annually through performances and educational engagements. They have received numerous accolades, awards and grant support from the East Bay Community Foundation, Eventbrite, Clorox and the City of Oakland. Their YouTube web series features learning engagement videos through dance and hip hop, covering topics of bullying, nutrition, literacy and more.