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The National Association for Music Education is hosting this year’s Music Education Week in Baltimore, Maryland, June 22-25, 2012. Music Education Week is music education’s premier event where music teachers, supervisors, and students from throughout the country participate in special-focused interactive professional development academies. Dr. William E. Smith will be presenting, “Hip Hop Don’t Stop: How to Use Hip Hop to Effectively Reach Your Students” at the IN-ovations Academy. This session has been scheduled for Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 12:00-2:00 at the Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
It will be an all-day affair, starting at 3pm with a reception/performance of a youth jazz ensemble directed by Paul Carr, followed by a screening of the film Icons Among Us. After its conclusion we will be hosting a presentation/discussion lead by Gerald Watson, III, and DJ 2Tone Jones of the Shaolin Jazz Project, beginning at 5:30pm and ending around 6:45pm. The panel consists of Bobby Hill (Transparent Productions/WPFW Programmer), and Keanna Faircloth (Jazzy Girl Rock/WPFW Programmer), Kokayi, Dr. William E. Smith. The discussion will be talking about the current tendencies of the modern generation of jazz musicians as being heavily influenced by hip hop.
Sounds Like: John Williams, Pat Metheny, Alan Silvestri, Hans Zimmer, Terence Blanchard
Label: H2 Productions, Great Media Music
Bio: W. E. Smith, Ph.D. is a producer/musician with a unique sound who is able to create music to fit any mood and situation from jazz, hip hop, classical, ambient, world or techno. His ability to compose and perform music comes from a raw ability to hear and recall the many colors of music and to app...See Full Bio