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#BlackMusicMatters: Hip-Hop & Social Justice in Canada

As I was preparing to blog this morning about Hyperscore, I came across a beautiful introduction to a movement in Canada on Facebook. Diving into the link, I discovered a civil organization called “MusiCounts” that is Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and The JUNO Awards. Since 1997, MusiCounts makes music education inclusive, sustainable, and accessible for youth across Canada by providing musical instruments, equipment, and resources.

In honor of Black History Month, MusiCounts is featuring an educational series of 4 lessons on Hip-Hop. They focus on Canadian rappers like Maestro Fresh Wes and Rascalz but also mention Haviah Mighty and Choclair. Of course, there is information on Canada’s most famous rapper that is known around the world as DRAKE!

Please take a moment to look at this valuable resource. I wish I was in the classroom having my students write hip-hop beats on Hyperscore 5 while studying the history of this enticing and exciting genre around the world! Every month can be Black History Month when you’re talking about music!

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