Just moments ago a student enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop” class sent me an email that gave me another reason to have hope amid the difficult headlines in recent months and even hours. He gave me permission to share his email below. Some background before I continue: The students were assigned to present… Continue reading what the world needs now….
One of the neat things about the mix tape and mix tape essay assignment for my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” course is being introduced to music I’d hadn’t heard or paid much attention to before (loved “music is all we got” sentiment expressed in “All We Got” by Chance the Rapper… Continue reading mix tapes and essays graded. well done, students!
Yesterday the students enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” undergraduate course turned in their mix “tapes” and mix tape essays that act as “soundtracks” for the plot in Lynda Barry’s “The Good Times Are Killing Me.” I often say I look forward to this or that and mean it, but… Continue reading mix “tapes” are now in
Granted, we never know as professors whether a new assignment will work. In the University of Alabama’s College of Arts & Sciences, we encourage our students to be “active learners,” an idea on which I riff via my blog’s mission statement. The idea is that we want our students to analyze information rather than “parroting”… Continue reading U.S. to 1865 students in the mix as well
In a little under an hour, I head to the second meeting for my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” class. This year, it’s a lecture. That means the performance part of teaching had better be thoughtfully presented. Or maybe I just want to survive the moment. We’re discussing technology in the postwar… Continue reading interview about Bebop to Hip Hop course