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 runs June 25 – August 27

Please note: observer spots are still available for this series. Whether you are interested in creating your own music or are just a passionate listener, register today for the opportunity to learn from leading music industry professionals. No musical ability or special equipment required. Check out the “Apply Today” section below for instructions on how to register.

The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz is hosting 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 create music with guidance from renowned music industry professionals, and collaborate virtually on original music projects. Read the full announce.

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

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

Advance registration is required, so sign up today!

Apply today

Observer spots are still available for the remaining sessions through August 27! Please email with the following information: 

  • your name
  • age
  • grade
  • name of school you attend
  • what instrument you play or other musical/production skill

Sessions take place via Zoom each Thursday from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm PDT/7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT through August 27th.

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.