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TFS director and TFS’s main Australian collaborator Scott Griffiths aka Optamus of Downsyde had the pleasure of teaching and doing professional development at one of Adelaide, Australia’s most progressive schools, Woodville Gardens School (WGS). Not only did students compose and perform their beats live, they also authored their own raps over the original beats and performed these original songs live in front of the their fellow students at an assembly performance. See the process from start to finish below as students compose beats piece by piece, write lyrics and perform the beats and raps live! We found some students who were so shy they were hesitant to even press the beat machine pads were confidently performing for hundreds of their peers by the end of the day!
If you are interested in bringing TFS and Optamus to your school for a workshop and/or for professional development on how to integrate Hip Hop, rhyme writing and rapping, and beat making/music technology into your school or classroom, give us a shout!
“The Causas” is a mini-documentary which chronicles TFS’ artistic and cross-cultural collaboration over a period of three years with Peruvian filmmaker and director, Javier Ramirez-Noriega. Having met through social media and collaborating virtually online for three years, D1 School of Dance (Escuela de Danza D1) brought Dr. Gann down to Lima, Peru to teach dance students. Thereafter, Javier came with Dr. Gann and TFS instructor Jason Lee to Hong Kong. The documentary will be premiered at EduChangeMaker’s #EC16 Conference in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday, August 27th, 2016.
In addition to the premier of the documentary, Dr. Gann and Scott Griffiths aka Optamus (of Australian Hip Hop group Downsyde/SBX) will be co-presenting and running interactive Hip Hop and beat making workshops throughout the day at #EC16.
A fundraiser for Today’s Future Sound to support our work teaching Hip Hop beat making locally with underserved youth in schools, juvenile justice and community settings, in partnership with BeatLab! BRING YOUR OWN BEATS (1 minute in length, on USB, off your equipment, bring at least 7 beats for head to head tournament with prizes).
Suggested entry $10 donation, $10 entry to enter battle. No one will be turned away because they can’t pay.
Check out the article on TFS by Australia Music Education authority and expert, Mandy Stefanakis in the Loud Mouth E-Zine.
On Wednesday, August 31st, TFS Director Dr. Gann and Australian Hip Hop artist, activist and educator Scott Griffiths (aka Optamus of Downsyde/Syllabolix) will give a lecture and participate in a panel organized by Dr. Alex Crooke at University of Melbourne. Titled “Community and Wellbeing Applications of Hip Hop and Beat-Making” this lecture “will present how they have used these elements to develop programs for young people in a range of settings and circumstances. They will discuss how Hip Hop and beat-making (an approach to music production pioneered through Hip Hop) can address social and health issues in a way that is both culturally relevant, and culturally sensitive. Following these presentations, a diverse panel of experts in areas spanning indigenous arts, music therapy, Aboriginal youth programs, Hip Hop and minority groups, and community partnerships will discuss the relevance of these approaches in the contemporary Australian context.”
Get your free tickets by RSVP’ing here.
KALW‘s Crosscurrents show featured Tammerlin Drummond‘s piece on Today’s Future Sound‘s #Beats4Lunch program at West Oakland Middle School. Be sure to to tune in to 91.7 FM , and if you miss it, check it in the archives at http://kalw.org/programs/crosscurrents or click here for the direct link to the story!
Today, after teaching a full day, including assembly to the whole school and small group workshops at Blair Athol Primary School, Dr. Gann presented at the University of Adelaide, discussing culturally responsive therapeutic and educational applications of Hip Hop beat making. Check out work from last year in Adelaide and Australia in our new video here.