Rethinking the Elementary “Canon”: Ideas, Inspirations, and Innovations from Hip-Hop

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This article offers perspectives on disrupting the typical elementary school “canon” through providing considerations and pedagogical orientations for including hip-hop. Three issues of critical importance in elementary music education are addressed: decentering Whiteness in elementary music, understanding hip-hop in relation to culturally responsive teaching, and establishing new pathways for musical creativity through hip-hop. Engaging with hip-hop both as a genre and the product of a culture offers music educators opportunities to meaningfully reconsider their practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-65
Number of pages8
JournalMusic Educators Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2020


  • Eurocentrism
  • culturally responsive teaching
  • decentering Whiteness
  • hip-hop
  • musical creativity
  • popular music

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music


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