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We all know how much many of our learners love hip hop music. But the challenges around subject content, lyrics and the social connotations of the genre can be difficult to overcome in the classroom. So it's great that DJ Fame and our Little Kids Rock pal Coach Kenrick have got together to create a playlist of 36 "classroom friendly" hip hop songs.
Click to listen on Spotify
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Click to feedback in the Little Kids Rock Facebook community
They have also suggested the following advisories as you listen:
1.The hip hop song choices were based on content as well as language, however we strongly suggest that you listen through for age appropriateness in regards to subject matter.
Example: Talib Kweli's track "Get By" is a great track that speaks on the struggle of his people's socioeconomic status..great for middle to high schoolers, but might go over the heads of students from K to 3rd Grade
2. A good majority of this playlist may be considered by some as "old school rap/hiphop" however the music grooves, rhythm and writing is still present in the hip hop of today
3. The songs are in one long mix 1hr 26 min non stop but I have noted the time codes and artist info so you can download and edit as needed
4. Leave your feedback and enjoy!!!
Musical Futures International have been working with individual schools and teachers to support them to embed Musical Futures across their practice.
The recent workshops at Bromsgrove International School, Thailand included "Everyone Can Play Ukulele" with Year 2, "Groove Your Classroom" and song-writing with Year 9, "Just Play!" with Year 5, "Find Your Voice" with Year 6 and "Informal Learning" with Year 8.
Massive thanks to all the staff and students who made us so welcome!
If you would like us to come into school to work with your students or staff, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a chat
Photos of the day as it happened!
Delegates from more than 10 countries flew in to join Ken, Anna and our MF Asia co-ordinator Steve Jackman at Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok for our workshops in November 2017. A real highlight was watching Steve teach a lesson using Just Play to his year 5, with amazing progress made in just 1 hour! We also enjoyed creating our own large group composition based on a groove from the song Africa! The video shows teachers stepping up to help us build the piece together.
It was great to lead 2 days of workshops hosted at Dubai College in November 2017. With teachers joining us from across the UAE and also flying in from from India and South Africa, we had 2 days of great music making and making new friends. Huge thanks to MF Champion Alan Crawford for organising the event.
A highlight for us was this fantastic Find Your Voice session which really showcased the amazing singers amongst our delegates.
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