BeBop to Hip-Hop Summer Program

During these unprecedented times, we’re here to help the students in your life stay engaged through jazz education. This summer, we’re offering a series of live online educational activities to help students across the United States and around the world learn about jazz–100% for free!

10-Week Online Educational Series Starts June 25

The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz will host a 10-week BeBop to Hip-Hop Masterclass Series at no cost to participants for up to 100 students across the country. Aspiring producers, musicians and rappers will create music with guidance from renowned music industry professionals. Students will have opportunities to collaborate virtually on original music projects. Read the full announce.

The program will culminate with an online concert presentation. Instructors will include:

DJ Khalil
Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Eminem, Anderson .Paak
Mike and Keys
Snoop Dogg, Nipsey Hussle, Lupe Fiasco
Tariq Beats
Logic, A$AP Ferg, Big K.R.I.T.
The Pharcyde
Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Common
Antman Wonder
Anderson .Paak,
Rick Ross, Meek Mill

…and others to be announced!

The program is geared toward students from grades 9 through 12 and will accept aspiring: 

  • Emcees/Rappers/Lyricists
  • Producers
  • Turntablists
  • Vocalists
  • Musicians (any instrument)

Participants must be able to record music from home. If you play a musical instrument and would like to participate, all you need is a smart phone that can record video. Students interested in learning about creating their own music who may not have experience or home recording equipment may apply to participate in the Q&A segment of the sessions.

Advance registration is required, so sign up today!

Apply today

In order to be considered, please submit a sample of your music to by Tuesday, June 23rd at 5:00 pm PDT. Mp3s and YouTube links will be accepted. Please also include: 

  • your name
  • age
  • grade
  • name of school you attend
  • whether you would like to participate as a music creator or observer
  • what instrument you play or other musical/production skill

Knowledge of hip-hop and jazz is preferred, but students with experience in other musical genres also will be considered. Lyrics should be appropriate for a public school setting.

Students will meet with instructors online each Thursday from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm PDT/7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT starting June 25th and running through August 27th. In between each session, students will be given assignments by instructors to help them develop their original music and prepare for the culminating online performance.

Any questions? Send us an email

About BeBop to Hip-Hop

BeBop to Hip-Hop is one of the most innovative public school music education programs in America. Begun in 2004 in Los Angeles, the program brings together jazz and hip-hop students under the direction of professional jazz musicians and hip-hop artists to create a new art form demonstrating the genius of both musical genres. The aspiring young artists study the musical dynamics of both jazz and hip-hop and learn about the historical influence of jazz on hip-hop.

During the past several years, students in the BeBop to Hip-Hop program have performed alongside jazz greats and hip-hop innovators including Terence Blanchard, DJ Spark, Doug E. Fresh, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Chris Thomas King, Supernatural, Chali 2na, Bobby Watson, and YoYo. In 2010, the students had a recording of one of their original songs played on KKJZ, the country’s most popular jazz station with a weekly listenership of 450,000.

The virtual presentation of BeBop to Hip-Hop is made possible through the generous support of AT&T.