Jonny Berliner

Science Entertainment, Education, and Engagement through Song

Science troubadour, Jonny Berliner, is a pioneer of the Geekpop genre. His unique geeky brand of comedy science songs were originally commissioned for the Guardian Science Podcast and have now been sung in all sorts of scientific places.

He’s sung about DNA at Cambridge's Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Michael Faraday at the Royal Institution, and the Higg’s boson at the LHC! He’s performed alongside Robin Ince and Brian Cox at the Hammersmith Apollo, been the warm up act for Richard Dawkins, been featured on the Radio 4 Rambling Show, and played science festivals up and down the country.

Jonny is also an experienced science educator in the formal and informal education sectors, a playwright who has penned straight plays and musical comedies for both adult and young audiences and a versatile multi-instrumentalist.

Sci-Tunes are educational songs that are designed to work alongside the national curriculum to be used by teachers in lesson or by students at home for revision. You can find videos and lyrics by scrolling down.

You can also book me to perform a show of specially selected Sci-Tunes, with demos, interactive games, animations, silliness and of course songs! The show works best for Key Stage 3 and 4, but can be adapted to suit the needs of younger or older students.

Here are the testimonials:

“Jonny Berliner’s unique combination of science, songs and comedy are a breath of fresh air, and his show was very well received by our audience.  From exciting demos, to sing-along science, he had our audience rapt from the start, and I look forward to welcoming him back here in the future” - Peter Gallivan, Family Programme Manager, The Royal Institution

"Sci Tunes is a hilarious, fascinating show stuffed to the brim with super-cool songs and thought-provoking facts. Completely captivated an audience of all ages, even in the middle of a damp field!" - Maddy Foard, Associate Curator and Solar Stage Manager, Einstein's Garden, Green Man Festival

“A fun, fact-filled show! Jonny made science accessible by engaging students with great songs and humour. Our students loved the show as much as the staff did - highly recommended.” - Stuart Finch, Head of Science, Graveney School

"The event made some of the science my daughter is learning really fun, and the musical element was inspirational.  The presentation was energy packed" - Audience member, Cambridge Science Festival

Using Songwriting in your classroom

Songwriting is even better than listening for embedding learning but many teachers feel that they do not have the skills to use songwriting with their students. The truth is that anyone can with a little bit of training. Book me to come and deliver teacher CPD in how to use songs and songwriting in your classroom.

And if you're feeling like having a go at songwriting with your students, I was awarded the Anthony Waterhouse Fellowship by the Institute of Physics to create resources to help. It is a fantastic way to get students to develop deep understanding of a topic whilst taking ownership of their revision materials. It also allows them to listen to their favourite music whilst they work! Click here for lesson plans, Powerpoints and cheat sheets to help scaffold the songwriting process.

In the meantime enjoy these Sci-Tunes videos.

A hilarious disco-fabulous video to help you understand energy in all its guises. The topic is described in educationally appropriate language as endorsed by the Institute of Physics and the video featured as part of the Royal Institution's 2016 advent series. Thanks to Ed Prosser for directing and producing.

A musical guide to the Electromagnetic Spectrum by science troubadour and geek pop pioneer Jonny Berliner. Complete with helpful animations, this catchy chorus can help you memorise the spectrum and learn about what those weird invisible waves can do. Thanks to the Institute of Physics for funding it's production and Dan Josman for his editing, directing and producing skills.