Smithsonian Visitors Learn about Go-Go and Teach the Beat

On June 18, 2016, the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation sponsored a program called “Hip Hop and Go-Go: Community Innovations” at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Attendees enjoyed a live musical performance and learned from panelists Biz Markie, Donnell Floyd, D-Nice, and Charles Stephenson. Stephenson, co-author of a book on go-go, described the […]

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Anacostia Museum Teach the Beat Workshop

On Friday, February 12, twenty teachers took part in a workshop on go-go at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and toured the new exhibit Twelve Years that Shook and Shaped Washington, 1963-1975 on February 12, 2016. Led by Teaching for Change staff Julian Hipkins III and Deborah Menkart, participants experienced the go-go lessons available online for teachers to download. These include […]

Students Overjoyed to Learn About Go-Go

On September 17, John Buchanan visited two of Kerry Sylvia’s D.C. history classes at School Without Walls (DCPS). In advance of the lesson, students participated in an introductory activity called “Meet the Beat” about go-go. This visit was one of many by noted go-go performers and scholars that took place at schools across Washington, D.C. Here are some […]

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Thank You to Our Teach the Beat Donors

Through the generous support of individual donors, Teaching for Change will continue to bring go-go into D.C. area classrooms. From June through September, Teaching for Change brought go-go performers and scholars to provide in-school coaching to D.C. public and public charter students of all ages as part of a special grant from the D.C. Commission on the […]

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Bring Go-Go into D.C. Area Classrooms

This fall, Teaching for Change is bringing renowned go-go performers to D.C. classrooms to coach and mentor K-12 students as part of our  Teach the Beat project. Students have the unique opportunity to ask questions and perform with expert guidance. To date, fifteen classrooms  have been scheduled to receive visits from go-go performers through a grant from […]

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Go-Go Performers Coach Next Generation in D.C. Classrooms

What an experience to see renowned go-go musicians coaching and mentoring students in D.C. classrooms. Students perform with expert guidance, ask questions, and wear out the performers with requests for photos and autographs before they leave. Meanwhile, the go-go performers share their talents with the younger generation and gain new-found respect for the dedication and hard […]

Teach the Beat: Go-Go Goes to School

Teaching for Change, in partnership with DCPS, is pleased to announce that the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) has provided funding for the “Teach the Beat: Go-Go Goes to School: Artists and Scholars in the Classroom” initiative to infuse D.C.’s rich and unique tradition of go-go in the curriculum. To achieve this […]

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Teach the Beat Seminar a Big Success

“I’m going to start using go-go to teach across the curriculum, connecting DC history, math, and music. This was the best professional development ever,” said one of the participants in the groundbreaking full day seminar for DC teachers called Teach the Beat: Go-Go in DC on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Close to a hundred music […]

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The Go-Go Beat in Washington D.C.: Developing Classroom Lessons

On July 9, 2011, the D.C. community convened for a beat, the Go-Go beat. The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum hosted Evolution of the Go-Go Beat in Washington, D.C., the second program in a series devoted to Washington, D.C.’s homegrown genre of music. Go-Go music, the history of which has been carefully chronicled in The Beat! […]

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