Hello, and welcome to Lyrical Learning!
Lyrical Learning grew out of my experience as an elementary school teacher, while my wife, Dorry, was working full-time homeschooling our children during their primary years.
During my third year of teaching, I had a musician friend with a recording studio help me make a cassette tape with the eleven songs I’d written the previous year for my class. A couple years later, I wrote the text and workbook; we had a neighbor friend’s son do illustrations; Dorry did all the layout and design on our Mac computer; we found an artist to create the covers; and, the biggest blessing: we got Bobby Horton to do the music! We sent everything off to get printed the spring of 1995; Lyrical Learning was launched!
Dorry had so much fun putting the first volume together—which we didn’t call “Volume 1” because we had no idea we’d do more—that she jumped right in to working on the next volume! She wrote most of the songs, all of the text and workbook, Bobby again produced the music, and, in 1996, Volume 2 was published. Several years later Dorry wrote all of Volume 3: The Human Body, and that final volume of life science was published in 1998. That year the business took off, and for the next few years we were both kept busy putting up orders. In 2003 we came out with Lyrical Earth Science: Geology. I had written most of the songs, and Dorry did everything else. During these years our three children went off to college, I kept teaching, and Dorry ran the business. Our business has always been just the two of us working out of our home, while also pursuing our careers, raising kids, and contributing to our community.
It's been a wonderful experience, and we hope you and your students enjoy listening (and learning) to our work as much as we have enjoyed creating it!