The Rhythms of the Harlem Renaissance
How does Harlem Renaissance music influence hip hop music today?
This project will lead the learner on a journey of historical discovery. This exploration will begin with historical analysis as the learner is exposed to multiple sources of historical text. The learner will become familiar with the essential influencing elements that existed out of which the music of the Harlem Renaissance was birthed. The learner will then choose three musicians and conduct biographic research, including identifying important musical recording by each artist. The learner will then choose three currently recording hip hop artists and important recording from each artist.

Utilizing web tools for instruction in drumming, the learner will become familiar with the vocabulary needed to speak about rhythms. The learner will then compare and contrast the rhythms present in each recording and draw conclusions about influencing elements of rhythm. The learner will end this experience by creating a presentation that conveys their conclusions.