Here is some student feedback on the lesson:
“Learning hip-hop was a lot of fun! Hip-hop is such a large part of youth culture and putting it into an educational lesson really opened my eyes to the fundamentals that you don't really pay attention to when you hear the songs on the radio. Not only were we able to learn and create music, but we learned about the roots of hip hop as well, which I believe allowed the students to enjoy the richness of the genre a little more! The only thing I wish was different about this small unit was to have some more time and listen to what everyone had come up with.”
“I had never really given much thought to hip-hop music . . . However, I was immensely intrigued by the history of it, and by the end of the brief presentation I had a mild admiration for the genre based upon its varied sources/ roots. I found that after learning about its origins, it wasn't simply a repetitive rhythm with words but an ancient art, slightly modernized. The improv section was amazingly fun, not only because it allowed me to explore completely new ideas but because I got to try and apply what I had just learned . . . After experiencing the presentation and improv I have a respect and understanding of [hip-hop's] roots and overall have a favorable opinion of it.”
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