Hip-Hop Technology: From Turntables to Computers

Suggested Grade Level: 4-8 / 9-12

Since its inception in the early 1970s, hip-hop culture has become one of the most important forms of expression for young people on the planet. This class allows students to experience the ways that technology is incorporated into hip-hop music and culture. Students will explore the early innovations of hip-hop deejays and the development of classic turntable techniques like “playing the break,” as heard in “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang. The class includes a live demonstration in which students help to create a new musical composition using the latest computer music software. Don’t miss this chance to learn about the creation of hip-hop music and culture and gain insight into the world of music technology and production.

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Videos are offered as supplemental content to classes.

The Rock Hall interviews DJ Funkmaster Flex, now famous as the host of MTV's "Funk Flex Full Throttle", about being a DJ in the Bronx in the '80s and the emergence of hip-hop culture.

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This class will address multiple music technologies that hip-hop artists innovated.

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      Energetic and educational without being didactic. We can't stop talking about how good it was--loved the idea that we recieve an MP3 of the project the groups did--we'll be posting it for the parents.
      - Sue Wade and Matt Allen, St. Albans City School
      The students were really into the program! They learned that music is a serious subject that can be studied and mastered. I never really thought about hip hop as a really thorough history lesson. This shows that we need to do a better job of relating parts of history to what students are interested in. They will learn more and retain more.
      - A middle school teacher in Palm Bay, FL
      I feel the students were fully engaged throughout this program. It inspired the students and their creativity in the fine arts. They were able to use what they had learned prior, during, and after the presentation/in class to create music hands on with the presenter.
      - A 5th grade teacher in Shelbyville, TN
      “This is bigger than me. This induction is total acceptance from one of the most prestigious music associations in the world…It’s a wonderful feeling to be remembered the architects that pioneered an idea that the whole world fell in love with. It is called hip hop.”
      - Grandmaster Flash, 2007 Inductee from his website
      My students LOVED all of the information and could of kept asking you questions for ever. The program was great and really of interest for our students who are 18-26 with disabilities. Great experience for all!
      - A special education teacher in Saginaw, MI