For Students Completing Grades 6-12.

The ISYM Hip-Hop Camp will engage middle and high school students in individual and collaborative creation and performance of original music in a variety of roles and styles. Campers will work in lab, studio, and workshop settings alongside experienced educators and musicians to produce beats, write and record lyrics, and prepare for a live performance at the end of the week. Variable supplemental activities will explore additional elements and foundations of hip-hop culture. Equipment needed for classes will be provided by ISYM.

Qualifications: For all middle and high school students interested in creating hip-hop music. Previous experience in beat production and rapping/songwriting would be useful.

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Daily Schedule of Activities coming soon!

Program Faculty Artist:

Coordinator: Dr. Adam Kruse, University of Illinois

Adam Kruse joined the University of Illinois faculty as Assistant Professor of Music Education in Fall 2014 following the completion of his Ph.D. in music education at Michigan State University. He earned a Master of Arts degree in secondary education and a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Ball State University and taught secondary instrumental, general music, and music technology in southeastern Indiana for seven years. A recipient of an Excellence in Diversity Award and a Dissertation Completion Fellowship at Michigan State University, Kruse also received research enhancement awards from the university’s Graduate School and College of Music. Kruse’s current research interests include race and gender issues in music education and vernacular musicianship focusing on hip-hop.

Read more about Dr. Kruse.

Assistant: Lamont Holden

Lamont Holden is a reading, writing and AVID teacher for Champaign Unit #4 School District who looks incorporate hip hop, free style and beat-making into his classroom.

Graduating from the University of Illinois in 2004, he had a short career in public relations before beginning a career as a social worker, youth advocate and teacher.

In 2011, he earned his M. Ed. from National Louis University in Chicago before he came to teach in Champaign.

Lamont is a self-taught digital musician and a lifelong student of hip hop culture. He is a proficient hip hop/R&B beatmaker as well as rapper, video editor, DJ and songwriter. In December of 2015 Lamont received the Champaign-News Gazette’s Teacher of the Week honor.


Additional faculty artists to be announced at a later date.