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#HipHopEd Conference "Rethinking Education in Urban Spaces: Engaging Youth Through Innovative Pedagogies and Practices"

  • Teachers College, Columbia University 525 West 120th Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

#HIPHOPED Conference 2017

“Hip-Hop Music Education: Loops, Samples, Ostinati and Importance of the Sound Collage

This 20 minute demo-workshop will feature a live performance, by both digital and acoustic instruments, of classic music by A Tribe Called Quest. The demo-workshop will feature a discussion of the important musical elements of the hip-hop movement, the sound collage - loops, samples, ostinati and their potential for deeper understanding within the space of the teacher-student relationship. Take-aways: presentations of a variety of ways that using loops, samples, and ostinati will benefit instruction and discussion within the classroom. 


Theme: Rethinking Education in Urban Spaces: Engaging Youth through Innovative Pedagogies and Practices

Date: Saturday, May 27th

Location: Cowin Auditorium - Teachers College, Columbia University (525 W120th St, New York, NY 10027)

Hip-Hop education is a new field of study in education, which has peaked the interest of many researchers and educators. Many researchers have shown the effectiveness and benefits of using Hip-Hop culture to engage youth in all academic content areas (Petchauer, 2009). In order to further consider the merging of Hip-Hop culture in traditional educational spaces, we must create a dialogue and be critical of these traditional spaces and pedagogies used in order to discover new and innovative ways to educate and value the culture of our youth in educational spaces. The purpose of this conference is to explore the utilization of Hip-Hop culture as a tool to develop innovative practices and pedagogies that can increase the engagement and achievement of all students, especially those from urban communities. The goal of this conference is to create a space shared amongst educators, school leaders, researchers, community members and students to demonstrate and discuss the use of Hip-Hop culture in educational spaces to better serve/engage all students.

The HipHopEd Conference will be hosted at Teachers College, Columbia University and include professional development workshops around literacy, school counseling and STEM, as well as paper presentations that exemplify the conference’s theme. Finally, the HipHopEd Conference will conclude with the 5th annual Science Genius Final Battles featuring student finalist from Jamaica and Toronto.