How can I use hip-hop in my 7th grade band? Third grade general music? Beginning strings? High school choir?
Hip-Hop is both a rich art form and a pedagogy, shown to engage students, encourage creativity, and sharpen critical thinking. This workshop not only looks at elements of hip-hop culture—the DJ, MC, B-boy/B-girl, graffiti, etc. but will do a deep-dive into hip-hop pedagogy and how it activates student self-knowledge, independence, and social awareness. Learn how to incorporate these skills in your band, choir, orchestra and K-12 general music classroom.
- Provide music teachers with curriculum ideas, strategies, and guidance for lesson design.
- Provide a foundation in hip-hop education as a theoretical framework and culturally relevant practice.
- Help teachers with little hip-hop experience to participate in the culture.
- Provide an introduction to technology for composition and beat-making.
Date and Time: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 17-19, 2020 – 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Virtually hosted by Madison Metropolitan School District
Jarritt Sheel is an assistant professor of music education at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Music Education Department. He is a professional musician who has toured the world and led youth ensembles in places like Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. He’s particularly interested in how hip-hop music, culture, and pedagogies should be applied in music education and teacher training. Jarritt co-founded the music resource website www.hiphopmusiced.com and is leader of the social media dialogue, #hiphopmusiced.
Adam Kruse is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he teaches music education courses primarily in areas of popular music and music technology. He also co-directs the Illinois School of Music’s Summer Hip-Hop Camp, which brings together youth musicians, Hip-Hop artists, and music educators to create, record, and perform original music. His Ph.D. in music education is from Michigan State University, and his M.A. in secondary education and B.S. in music education are from Ball State University. Kruse taught secondary instrumental, general music, and music technology in Indiana for seven years. His scholarship focuses on Hip-Hop and music education and he has been published in every major music education journal. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences, and his current research focuses on Hip-Hop music learning and engagements of Hip-Hop culture in school music settings with an emphasis on race and racism.
Alida LaCosse began musical study at the age of 5. Where words failed, music was the preferred form of expression. Piano and Violin were constant from primary through high school. Alida earned her BFA in Music Education with an emphasis in Violin and Voice at The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Alida is active performer and music educator in the Milwaukee and Madison areas, performing and recording with musical groups and individual artists in genres from Classical Music to Contemporary, Experimental to Electronic and Hip Hop, some of those are: Director of Choral Activities at Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts, The Heritage Choral of Milwaukee, Music From Almost Yesterday, Unlooped Verses Series at Alverno College, Madison Music Makers/WYSO, Klassik, Madden Miles, Madison Mystery Tour, The Periodicals, The Black String Triage Ensemble and more. Currently Alida is a Full Time Music Teacher with The Madison Metropolitan Schools District at James C Wright Middle School.
Miles Comiskey teaches sound engineering, hip hop, and general music at Lane Tech High School, a selective enrollment school of 4500 students in Chicago. He has been a featured presenter at multiple conferences including the Hip-Hop Music Ed Symposium at the University of Illinois.
Rob Dz (Rob Franklin) is a Madison-based rapper who blends soul, rap, gospel and jazz. Featured on PBS Music Hour. Rob is also the Media Projects Bubblerarian for the Madison Public Library. As a Kennedy Center certified teaching artist for the Making Justice program, his primary residency focus is on hip hop, personal branding and spoken word as a positive form of self-expression. Rob has held residencies with youth in elementary, middle, and high schools, community centers, and the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center. As a musician, he has performed with the likes of Nas, Eminem, Common, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez and others. He recently was inducted to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and The National Museum of African American History and Culture as a member of The Story Corps program.
Anthony Cao (Madison West HS) and Luke Hrovat–Staedter (Madison East HS) are MMSD Hip-Hop Educators and have presented on Hip-Hop curriculum at various state and regional conferences. Hip-Hop Educator Vera Naputi is an instructional coach at East HS and former 6th/7th grade teacher at Sherman MS where she used hip-hop pedagogy in her classroom for many years to create rich, challenging lessons and ignite critical thinking.
Randal Swiggum is the Arts Teacher Leader for the Madison Metropolitan School District and a longtime leader in the CMP (Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance) movement. He is always looking for ways to push the conversation toward deeper, richer, and more culturally-relevant music teaching.
Pre-registration is required.
Enjoy Special 2020 Summer Rates!
- Member* – $50
- Non-Member – $50
- Undergraduate Music Degree Student – $50
*Discounted rate available for members of WMEA, NAfME, staff in WSMA member schools and Madison Metropolitan School District.