Toward hip-hop pedagogies for music education

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Music education scholarship in the areas of popular, vernacular, and participatory musicianship has grown in the past decades; however, music education research concerned specifically with hip-hop has been relatively scarce. Because hip-hop music can differ tremendously from the traditional western genres with which many music educators are most familiar, a great need for research in this area exists. In this article, I summarize general education scholarship related to hip-hop and offer implications toward hip-hop pedagogies for music education. I employ Hill's (2009) classifications of hip-hop pedagogy (Pedagogies with hip-hop, Pedagogies about hip-hop, and Pedagogies of hip-hop) as a structure to better understand previous literature and to provide a descriptive framework for potential applications of hip-hop pedagogies to music education settings. I describe Hill's categories using the labels of Hip-hop as a bridge, Hip-hop as a lens, and Hip-hop as practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-260
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Music Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2014


  • hip-hop
  • music education
  • pedagogy
  • popular music

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music


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