The ASU School of Music, CITME, and affiliates are involved in varied curricular and pedagogical initiatives that address urban arts and culture. Our Urban Arts and Culture initiatives currently focus primarily on Hip Hop culture and related music as well as electronic dance music and related culture. Originally initiated by former musicology faculty member Dr. Richard Mook, our Urban Arts and Culture projects are often in collaboration with similar efforts in the ASU School of Film, Dance, and Theater.
Current Projects

Urban Music and Movement Ensembles in High Schools

With the support of a HIDA Research Council Project Grant we are partnering with a local high school music educator and dance educator to pilot an urban music and movement ensemble. This project includes professional development for the high school arts educators, education for students, collaboration with a local urban dance duo, and ongoing research to inform related pedagogy and curricula. For additional information and/or your school/community organization would like to participate in this initiative contact Dr. Evan Tobias

Resources for Integrating Hip Hop in School Music Programs

As part of our collaborative work with K-12 schools we are providing lists of rap music that could potentially be included in school settings.

ASU Music Education Masters Student Samuel Pena (who is also an instructor of our Urban Music & Movement Ensemble) created the following Old School Hip Hop Spotify playlist:

Consider that women MCs are often overlooked. You might be interested in Dr. Tobias’s article: Flipping the misogynist script: Gender, agency, Hip Hop, and music education.

We are in the process of developing and curating additional resources. Let us know of any requests you have.

Urban Sol

Urban Sol (Public Practice and Community Engagement Event Series), formerly titled Civil Disobedience, is a ongoing event series bringing people together to enjoy, experience, and learn through Hip Hop culture. Ranging from panel discussions to park jams this series forwards Hip Hop discourse and practice while connecting communities across Arizona.

Past Projects

Updates & News       

    Related Courses and Ensembles @ ASU

    MUS294/598 Producing Hip Hop and Dance Music (Undergraduate & Graduate) M W F 9:90-10:30 (also available as a non-credit community program)

    Hip Hop Seminar (Graduate)

    MHL494/598 Music and Movement in Hip Hop Culture (Undergraduate and Graduate) M W F 9:40-10:30

    Urban Movement Practices (Music & Dance)

    MUS354 Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture

    MUS494/598 Urban Ensemble – 6:00p.m. -9:00p. Wed. (Also available as a non-credit community program for professionals and general public)

    Representative Publications

    Tobias, E. S. (2014). Flipping the misogynist script: Gender, agency, Hip Hop, and music education. Action, Criticism and Theory for Music Education, 13(2), 49-84.

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