July 18-24, 2021

ISYM Hip-Hop engages middle and high school students in individual and collaborative creation and performance of original music in a variety of roles and styles. Participants 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.


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ISYM 2019 Hip-Hop: The 300 Mixtape


ISYM 2019 Camp Video


Program Faculty

adam-kruseCoordinator: 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.


lamont-holdenCoordinator: Lamont Holden, University of Illinois

Lamont Holden (Instructor, “Popular Music Production,” spring 2021), known in the urban music production community as TheLetterLBeats, is a music producer, DJ, videographer, social media content creator, sound designer, teacher and audio engineer. He resides in Atlanta, GA, at the pulse of the urban music industry. Holden earned the B.A. from the University of Illinois in 2004 and an M.A. in Teaching & Education at National Louis University in 2011.


Additional faculty artists to be announced at a later date.