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

8:15 - 9:15 AM                                   Writing Workshop     
9:30 - 10:30 AM                                  Beat Lab
10:45 - 11:45 AM                                Electives                                                            

11:45-1:15 PM                                    LUNCH

1:15 - 2:15 PM                                   Recording/Coaching Sessions            

2:30 - 3:30 PM                                    Engineering Lab

3:45 - 4:45 PM                                   Collaboration/Sharing Workshop                                                         

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.

Additional faculty artists to be announced at a later date.