July 5, 2023

Media Advisory: Wayne State, Save The Music Foundation host second annual J Dilla Music Tech Teaching Workshop

WHAT: After a successful one-day intensive program in 2022, the J Dilla Music Tech Teaching Workshop returns this summer with a multi-day experience led by Wayne State University Department of Music professors of music technology.

The collaborative project between the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and Save The Music Foundation shares the goal to support public school teachers in new and innovative ways of teaching music in the classroom, inspired by the late musician, songwriter and influential producer J Dilla.

Teachers from public school districts in the metro Detroit area will receive an introduction to modern music production pedagogy, led by WSU music faculty and will use software and equipment in the J Dilla Music Tech Grant, provided by Save The Music.

WHEN: Friday, July 14, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

J Dilla's mother, Ma Dukes, will be visiting from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. In addition, during that time a roundtable Q&A will be held with Ma Dukes, Stacey Hotwaxx Hale, the teaching team and more. Media are welcome to come anytime during the day, as well, to cover the workshop.
WHERE: Wayne State University, Old Main building, 4841 Cass Avenue, Detroit

RSVP: Members of the media interested in attending must RSVP by July 13 at 10 a.m. RSVPS can be emailed to shawn.wright@wayne.edu.

ABOUT THE J DILLA MUSIC TECH PROGRAM: Developed in partnership with Pharrell Williams’ creative collective, i am OTHER, supported by Ma Dukes, and named after her son, legendary hip hop producer J Dilla, the STM J Dilla Music Technology Grant delivers the future of music education through innovative tech tools and curriculum to bring out students’ inner creativity, talent, and confidence by teaching the fundamentals of electronic music creation, recording, and production.

Learn more at savethemusic.org/how-we-work/explore-music-tech/


Save The Music Foundation is a 501(c)(3) music education nonprofit that helps students, schools, and communities reach their full potential through the power of making music. For 25 years, Save The Music (STM) has addressed systemic inequities in music education by investing in culturally rich communities across the US. Since its inception, STM has donated $70M worth of instruments and technology to over 2,500 schools – impacting millions of students' lives. And we’re just getting started! Learn more at savethemusic.org.

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Zack Flores, Save The Music Foundation, zack.flores@savethemusic.org

Jessica Archer, Wayne State University, jarcher@wayne.edu

Shawn Wright, Wayne State University, shawn.wright@wayne.edu

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