Classroom Mixtapes

Classroom Mixtapes.

Picture of screen printed cassette tape titled, "Bubbler".

Ever wonder how the world is interpreted by local high school students? Take the time to listen to these original classroom mixtapes for genuine student insight & reflection on school curriculum and the history & future of society, all flavored by their lived experiences.

Shabazz City High School
"The Impulse" classroom album by students at Shabazz City High

THE IMPULSE is an album conceived, written, recorded and produced by students enrolled in Shabazz City High School's "The Impulse: History of Music, Movements, and You" experiential learning class led by teachers, Aaron Kaio and Brian Counselman.

Recorded at the Media Lab inside Madison's Central Library, their album brings student voices and concerns out of the classroom and into your earhole. Special thanks to Rob Dz, Shah Evans, Corey Whitmore, Tyler Brunsell and the rest of the UCAN family for their mentorship in the writing, recording and fine-tuning of teen voices.

"The Impulse" Shabazz class album
"The Impulse" (Shabazz album)
"The Impulse" album by students at Shabazz City High School
"The Impulse" classroom album by students at Shabazz City High

 

 

A mixtape for social justice
Clark Street Community School
social justice mixtape

This mixtape was conceived, written, recorded and produced by students enrolled in Clark Street Community School's Hip Hop class.

Recorded at the Media Lab inside Madison's Central Library, their social justice mixtape brings student voices and concerns out of the classroom and into your earhole. Special thanks to Mike Dando, Rob Dz and Audrey Martinovich for their mentorship in the writing, recording and fine-tuning of teen voices.

teens recording music in Media Lab makerspace
Rob Dz working with students in Central Library's Media Lab.

teen music production in Media Lab makerspace
Audrey Martinovich giving lessons on the sound board and Pro Tools.

music production and editing
Layers and layers.

teen recording in the booth
Recording in the booth at Central Library.

live performance teen rap instruction in school
Live performance and CD release party.