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2023 Hip Hop Music Education Festival

Pete Shungu, clinician
Pete Shungu, clinician

Thursday & Friday, March 9 & 10, 2023   9am - 3pm  UMass Amherst Old Chapel Great Hall

2023 Hip Hop Music Education Festival

With guest clinician, Pete Shungu (Hip hop MC/rapper & professor at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Festival logistics pdf =>

The registration deadline was March 1.  If you missed the deadline, but would still like to attend, please contact Prof. Dan Albert.
UMass Amherst offers 10 PDPs to in-service teachers who attend both days & complete a final reflection/synthesis assignment
Registration fee: $10/day * ($20 for both days)
Parking discount coupons will be provided.

* Current UMass Amherst music student teachers & in-service teachers who have supervised (or are currently supervising) a UMass Amherst music student teacher may attend free of charge.

UMass Amherst Hip Hop Music Education Festival


More details on the FLYER =>    Day-by-Day Outline =>
Questions? Please email Dr. Daniel Albert, Asst Prof. of Music Education at UMass Amherst,

All are welcome!

  • College music education majors
  • In-service elementary and secondary music educators
  • Community-based teaching artists
  • Musicians in our communities


What will be covered on Day 1 and Day 2: March 9 will be an introductory day geared more towards folks who have almost no prior experience with hip hop in the classroom, and March 10 will be geared a bit more towards folks who have a bit more experience. Those who attend both days will build up their knowledge and skills on the first day to be more able to better access the material on the second day. Material that is relevant to elementary, middle and high school levels will be covered on both days. Click here for a day-by-day outline pdf =>

Participants will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the history and cultural importance of hip hop music and the five elements of hip hop
  • Gain an appreciation for the why and how of teaching hip hop music in the K-12 classroom
  • Perform lyric analyses of hip hop music and develop a broader capacity to engage with and teach about the various aspects of hip hop emceeing
  • Learn about and gain a basic understanding of beatmaking and sampling, including how to use DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) for music creation with students
  • Broaden their musical networks and learn about artists in Massachusetts who could partner on hip hop related projects
  • And MORE...


We hope to see you at UMass Amherst in March!  Registration has ended, but if you would like to attend, please contact Prof. Dan Albert.


For updated information on COVID-19 safety protocols, please see our current policy statement =>