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Hip-Hop Hamilton: The Hidden History Behind the Rap References
How does Lin-Manuel Miranda’s music draw from the history of rap and hip-hop? Come play our fun matching game to discover the connections!
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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton is built on a foundation of rap and hip-hop music, often quoting and alluding to specific musicians from the genre’s rich history. This class will help students draw connections between Hamilton and the specific musical references Miranda makes to famous rap and hip-hop musicians. No prior musical experience is required, although a basic knowledge of the musical Hamilton will come in handy! Students will first learn a brief history of rap/hip-hop music...
This class is taught in English.
Students will learn about the history of rap/hip-hop music as a product of 1970s New York City culture. Students will learn basic music vocabulary (sampling, flow, timbre) to help them listen to music and make connections to similar musical examples. Students will infer the connections between the musical Hamilton and the history of rap/hip-hop.
I have two degrees in music (B.A. Music Education, M.M. Music Composition), and as part of these degree programs I completed two semester long courses in 20th and 21st century music history and completed research on the work of Black musicians. I have 10 years of experience as a public school music educator, including developing lesson plans and curriculums that specifically discuss rap/hip-hop music history.
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The class is built around small activities where students are formatively assessed on their listening skills.
30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
None required. If listening to Hamilton is age-appropriate for your child, then this class is appropriate for them.
I drew from my 10 years of experience as a professional music educator to build the curriculum for this course, starting with a framework based on scholarship by Black American music scholars (ex: Eileen Southern’s “Afro-American Musical Materials” and “The Music of Black Americans: A History”). Specifically for this course, I utilized the following resources to build my content: -Slate, “All the Hip-Hop References in Hamilton: A Track-by-Track Guide” (online article) -NPR, “The Birth of Rap: A Look Back (online article) -culturetoronto, “10 Rap /Hip Hop References in Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda” (YouTube video)
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Note: I am currently stepping away from teaching large Outschool classes, but I am open to teach private music lessons. I am especially adept working with students interested in video game music and digital audio music. Feel free to send me a...