Braille Rap Song

The Braille Rap Song

The Braille Rap Song was written by Lynn Horton and Tammy Whitten as a fun way to teach braille to their students at the Helen Keller School located in Talladega, AL. Lynn Horton played the song during her session at the 2001 CEC Conference in Kansas, where it met with such great interest that APH volunteered to produce a high-quality, professional recording and make it available to the world.

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The Braille Rap Song Lyrics

Young man in the recording studio wearing headphones as he raps into a microphone

A dot one is an A
Are you ready to play?
An A is a dot one
Reach for the sun.

The student stretches his hand toward the ceiling imitating reaching for the sun.

A dot one-two is a B
Braille is fun to me
A B is a dot one-two
On the floor tap your shoe.

The student taps his foot on the floor to the beat of the music

A dot one-four is a C
Oh me! Oh me!
A C is a dot one-four
Stomp the floor.

The student stomps the floor following the lead of the teacher.

A dot one-four-five is a D
Now listen carefully
A dot one-four-five is a D
Buzz like a bee.

The student makes the z-z-z-z sound.

A dot one-five is an E
I guarantee!
A dot one-five is an E
Touch your knee.

The student puts his hand on his knee.

Young man in the recording studio wearing headphones as he raps into a microphone. Producer Aaron Frisbee, also wearing headphones, watches

A dot one-two-four is an F
You did it yourself
An F is a dot one-two-four
Knock on the door.

The student makes the motion of knocking on an imaginary door.

A dot one-two-four-five is a G
Braille is easy to me
A dot one-two-four-five is a G
With your chin touch your knee.

The student puts his chin on his knee.

An H is a dot one-two-five
Four and one is five
An H is a dot one-two-five
Count from one to five.

The students count from one to five following the lead of the teacher.

A dot two-four is an I
Oh my! Oh my!
A dot two-four is an I
Find your eye.

The student touches the corner of his eye.

A dot two-four-five is a J
Hey! Hey! What do you say
A dot two-four-five is a J
Touch your ankle today.

The student will put his hand on his ankle.

A dot one-three is a K
This is the same everyday
A dot one-three is a K
Touch your wrist it's okay.

The student will touch his wrist with his hand.

Young girl in the recording studio wearing headphones as she raps into a microphone

A dot one-two-three is an L
Isn't this swell
An L is a dot one-two-three
You're as silly as a monkey.

The student acts like a monkey.

A dot one-three-four is an M
A.M. or P.M
A dot one-three-four is an M
Give your hair a trim.

The student will take his index and middle finger and pretend they are scissors and imitate cutting his hair.

A dot one-three-four-five is an N
Let's do it again!
A dot one-three-four-five is an N
Count your fingers on your chin.

The student will count five of his fingers by touching his chin with them.

A dot one-three-five is an O
Now we're ready to go
A dot one-three-five is an O
Wiggle your toe.

The student will wiggle his toes.

A dot one-two-three-four is a P
I see! I see!
A dot one-two-three-four is a P
Count to three.

The student will count from 1 to 3.

Young man in the recording studio wearing headphones smiling

A dot one-two-three-four-five is a Q
Yes, it's true
A dot one-two-three-four-five is a Q
Wash your hair with shampoo.

The student will pretend to wash his hair.

A dot one-two-three-five is an R
You are a superstar
A dot one-two-three-five is an R
Move your hands near and far.

The student will put his hands on his chest and stretch them out.

A dot two-three-four is an S
I must confess
A dot two-three-four is an S
You're making progress!

A dot two-three-four-five is a T
Oh me! Oh me!
A dot two-three-four-five is a T
Two plus one is three.

The student counts from 1 to 3.

Young man in the recording studio wearing headphones as he raps into a microphone

A dot one-three-six is a U
Whoop de do
A dot one-three-six is a U
One plus one is two.

The student counts from 1 to 2.

A dot one-two-three-six is a V
Listen carefully
A dot one-two-three-six is a V
Relax and smile at me.

The student will physically relax his body and smile.

A dot two-four-five-six is a W
Could you, would you
A dot two-four-five-six is a W
Tell a friend I love you.

The student will turn and tell his classmate "I love you"

A dot one-three-four-six is an X
Lickety tick lickety tick
A dot one-three-four-six is and X
Stretch your neck.

The student will look up and stretch his neck.

A dot one-three-four-five-six is a Y
Can you answer why?
A dot one-three-four-five-six is a Y
Put your arms on your thighs.

The student will bend his arms in a L shape and bend forward and touch his thighs.

A dot one-three-five-six is a Z
Your must agree
A dot one-three-five-six is a Z
Now you are worry-free!

The student will raise his hands in the sky and wave.

Credits

Lyrics by:
Lynn Horton
Helen Keller School, Alabama

Music by:
Tammy Whitten
Helen Keller School, Alabama

Project Leader:
Tristan G. Pierce

Students' Vocals by:
Jonathan McCarty
Amanda Livers
Dustin Figg
Jonathan Cord
and
Shawn Holt
Kentucky School for the Blind

Additional Vocals By:
Warren Killabrew

Produced by:
A. Frisbee

Recorded and Mixed by:
Donald H. Bott, Jr.

Sequenced by:
A. Frisbee and Donald H. Bott, Jr.

Music Consultants:
Keith Creasy
Bernadette S. Mudd
and
Malcolm Turner

Photography by:
Bridgett Johnson and Drew Carlsen

Logo Design by:
Bernadette S. Mudd

Website Design by:
Malcolm Turner

Special thanks to:
Rick Ricks
Tabathia Roark
Lynn Smith
and
Jeanette Wicker
Kentucky School for the Blind

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