About the Video Curriculum

In this set of learning experiences, students will be asked to explore different ways that musical artists respond to the world around them. Artists of Soul Science Lab—Chen Lo and Asante Amin—give students a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of their musical world. Students engage with Soul Science Lab’s music, lyrics, and inspiration, they will also be challenged to forge their own identities as creators. And much much more!

Fresh Ideas

Each lesson explores how personal ideas and beliefs can be a foundation of the music-making process

Easy-to-Start Assignments

Jumpstart the creative process with fun and approachable assignments

Standards Aligned

Each lesson includes a set of learning standards developed in partnership with Carnegie Hall and the New York Community Trust


Self-paced on-demand video lessons to boost creative processes.

How to Use These Materials

This curriculum is designed for educators to gain a solid foundation in the genre and practice of hip hop. Chen Lo and Asante teach the content directly to you, requiring you to do the same activities students will be completing. While Chen Lo and Asante can be examples, you are the best and most accessible example to your students in demonstrating how to be vulnerable in experimenting with an unfamiliar practice.

There are two distinct avenues of learning:

  1. Professional Development Track: The curriculum contains approximately three and a half (3.5) hours of professional development. Each module is self-paced and has content that can quickly be applied to developing your own curriculum for your students.
  2. Co-Teaching Track: Chen Lo and Asante are your co-teachers as you learn alongside your students. Complete the professional development yourself and then use the "Lesson Snapshot" videos to quickly curate content directly for student engagement.

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Make a Joyful Noize - Curriculum

In this set of learning experiences, hip-hop artists, musicians, and educators Chen Lo and Asante Amin—the creative forces behind Soul Science Lab—challenge students to examine how artists respond to the world around them. By breaking down their artistic process, Chen and Asante open the door for young thinkers, activists, and musicians to share their own vision for the world.