Soundshop is a hip-hop music education program for local high school students, encouraging them to cultivate independent thinking and celebrate their unique voices.

Held in a safe, dynamic learning environment, Soundshop provides students with opportunities to develop creative thinking, to take risks, and collaborate.

See a video of Soundshop in action

Soundshop Doris Duke May 2015

What to expect

The workshops feature seasoned local artists and award-winning musicians. One three-hour workshop comprises four main components:


Meet & Greet

Introductory performances by guest artists and senior administrators.



Group discussions focusing on specific topics related to artist’s creative process, narrative construction, and social and cultural critical thinking.


Breakout Groups

Students break out into groups for lyric writing and beat-making led by artists and senior administrators


Student Performances

The workshop concludes with performances by the students that summarize the lessons learned.

Meet the leadership team

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