June Staff Picks: The Pedagogy of Hip Hop

Reading Room, Second Floor


"To commemorate Black Music Month, this collection explores the role of hip hop in culturally relevant pedagogy. As a native Brooklynite born in the 1970s, I came of age and grew up alongside hip hop and have watched it bloom from a maligned music genre and art form into a foundational element of our current society. 


The five pillars of Hip Hop are often defined as DJing, MCing (rapping), Graffiti writing , Breakdancing and beatboxing. The music’s origins can be traced to the summer block parties in the Bronx and was a grassroots, counter-cultural movement. Pedagogical tools often identify ways to best meet students’ needs, and hip hop was once thought to be a useful way to only engage urban youth, but it’s international reach has transformed hip hop into a universal language for young people around the world."

-- Curator's Statement


June Staff Picks is curated by Jasmine Sykes-Kunk, Library Services Associate who is pursuing a Masters in Library Science.


Where: Reading Room, Second Floor



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Staff Picks is curated each month by the Gottesman Libraries' staff to highlight resources on educational topics and themes of special interest.


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Last Updated: 11:04 am, Friday, Jun 7 , 2019