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June 22 – July 2, 2020

A new 11-day program, in its second year, that immerses students into the art and culture of hip hop. Students choose from one of three courses: MUSC 156 (Beat Making Lab), MUSC 157 (Rap Lab) and MUSC 286 (Hip Hop Dance) and earn three hours of college credit to satisfy VP (visual and performing arts) requirements. Instructors are experienced, professional artist-educators who will work with students to develop their artistry as well as foster skills in entrepreneurship and conflict transformation through hip hop.


Each class day has two parts: a focused session with individual teachers and, following a dinner break, jam sessions and discussions among the three classes. A final concert will be held on the evening of June 14 to showcase the work of the students.

The program will take place June 22 to July 2, 2020 (inclusive of Saturday, but with Sunday, June 28, off), meeting from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Registration and Requirements

No audition is required, but students should be committed to learning or developing skills in rap, beatmaking, or dance; some experience is helpful but not required. Students must be enrolled in this First Session course by May 15 although the start date is later.


The program draws its instructors, structure, and philosophy from the Next Level international hip-hop exchange program, which was developed at UNC and has conducted workshops in 30 countries since 2014.

Dasan Ahanu





Dasan Ahanu (Rap Lab)

Junious Brickhouse







Junious Brickhouse (Hip Hop Dance)

Kerwin Young







Kerwin Young (Beat Making Lab)


Please contact Prof. Mark Katz ( for more information.