J Dilla’s name has been attached to a grant helping high school students learn electronic music creation, recording and production.
The Save The Music Foundation has announced the J Dilla Music Tech Grant, which will give public high schools the opportunity to offer music education using electronic production methods. The grant will provide instruments, equipment, programs and books for a curriculum, which can be viewed here.
“J Dilla is to rhythm what John Coltrane is to harmony and Louis Armstrong is to melody,” Save The Music says on its website. “He is the first and only hip-hop producer ever to influence and affect the way traditional musicians play their instruments.
“By combining straight and swung elements in his productions, J Dilla cultivated sonic landscapes that explored the conflict between the two, and the new and exciting emotional reactions generated by this innovative approach. An inspiration to a whole new generation of young beat makers, musicians, and artists – in the words of Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson: ‘J Dilla is the producer’s producer’s producer.'”
The foundation adds, “J Dilla ultimately, directly or indirectly, inspired everyone doing it now. That’s why we’re excited to launch the J Dilla Music Tech Grant focused on delivering the future of music learning through innovative tech tools and curriculum.
“This revolutionary program reflects how music is being made today by bringing integrated 21st century training techniques to local communities and school districts. Our goal is to bring out students’ inner creativity, talent, and confidence by teaching them the fundamentals of electronic music creation, recording, and production.”
The J Dilla Music Tech Grant was developed in partnership with Pharrell’s i am OTHER collective and Arizona State University. Public high schools interested in the grant are required to have one full-time certified teacher to teach the class as part of the regular school day. There also must be a minimum of 45 minutes of instruction per week.
Check out the full list of requirements here.