Frances Willard held its third annual Hip Hop Fair on Friday, November 4.
Frances Willard Music teacher Kimberly Gardner created the event three years after she started teaching a hip-hop unit un her general music class for 5th and 6th graders. Hip-hop is one of our country’s most pervasive musical genres. It is now performed and consumed around the world by many cultures. Students learn the elements of hip-hop and the fair is a culmination of that.
Fifth and sixth-grade students gave a presentation about elements that pertain to hip-hop or hip-hop artists. Students got to choose their groups and an artist to research and present to the student body, staff, and families. There were more than a dozen stations on display with opportunities to listen to music that represents the genre.
A group of students also performed a hip-hop dance during the fair.
"This was the first year students chose the concept for their performance because they focused on the social-political part of hip-hop in music class and wanted it to reflect in their dance," said teacher Brooke Greenwood who helps choreograph the dance.
Ms. Greenwood says its a project students really enjoy and get really invested in. She added its an event that everyone enjoys, "The students enjoy it and are excited to share their research. Parents and staff enjoy seeing the older students being kind and patient with the younger students.