“Hip Hop Orchestra” is a music performance and education project using current mainstream music through the lens of acoustic and orchestral instruments. The Orchestra is comprised of instrumentalists, singers, and rappers working primarily with the music of “now”. Participants learn to read and write music with standard notation, explore beat making; produce original music; and learn arrangements of hip hop, rock, popular, classical, and jazz music. “Hip Hop Orchestra” achieves Collegiate level musicianship goals by providing high quality individual and group music instruction. The model relies heavily on tapping students’ self motivation and inherent passion for music by working with material of foremost relevance to them. The content used is always appropriate. Hip Hop Orchestra combines the use of music/media technology with traditional acoustic instruments to facilitate music learning and performance in today’s technology centric world. The aim is to provide a method for learning, creating, and performing music with acoustic musical instruments aided but not dominated by modern technology. We recruit, educate, mentor, and perform with young musicians ages 9 to 19. The project includes an annual summer music camp at East Liberty Presbyterian Church and ongoing music instruction after the camp at either of Hope Academy of Music and the Arts, African American Music Institute, City Music Center, or 1 Hood Media.
Keywords: Flute, clarinet, oboe, violin, viola, cello, double bass, electric guitar, marimba, drum, voice, singing, rap, dance, saxophone, percussion.