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Crane School of Music to Welcome Hip Hop Educator-Scholars 

September 2, 2022

SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music Welcomes Visiting Scholars Jasmine Fripp & Anthony Pineda on Sept. 12 and 13 

SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will host visiting hip hop educator-scholars for an upcoming residency on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 12 and 13.  

Jasmine Fripp and Anthony Pineda will work with members of the campus community during this exciting two-day event, titled “good kid, m.A.A.d City: Hip Hop in Our Teaching and Learning Spaces.” As educator-scholars steeped in the rich traditions of Hip-hop pedagogy, Fripp and Pineda will facilitate a variety of workshops and conversations with students, faculty, and the broader community, focused on the role of hip hop in educational spaces and ways to integrate it into students’ learning experiences.  

Their visit to Crane has been made possible thanks to the Joy Douglass Visiting Master Teacher Program. All are welcome for these free events, and no registration is necessary. 

Fripp and Pineda’s visit kicks off on Monday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., with an in-depth open dialogue on the topic of hip hop and education, followed by an audience question and answer session. The dialogue and Q&A will be held in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater. 

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the guest scholars will lead open workshops, with Pineda discussing “Hip Hop Education: Beyond Techniques” in Bishop Hall Room C119, and Fripp presenting on “It Takes Two! Teaching Choral Musicianship Through Hip Hop” in Bishop Hall Room C143. Those events will take place simultaneously and repeat, at both 9 and 10:30 a.m. 

In the afternoon, Fripp will work with the Crane Concert Choir in an open rehearsal, also in Bishop C143, and Pineda will lead a discussion on entrepreneurship in music education in Bishop C107. 

About the guest educator-scholars: 

jasmine frippJasmine Fripp is a Grammy-nominated music educator and the founder of “The Passionate Black Educator,” an educational platform that grew out of her passion for empowering educators and providing Black and Brown students with a quality holistic education through music. With seven years of teaching experience in public and charter schools, she has built award-winning choral programs and provided Black and Brown students with various opportunities to excel within and outside the world of music. Fripp encourages and empowers music educators of all cultural backgrounds to create student-centered classroom environments that promote anti-racism, culturally responsive pedagogy, and healing-centered teaching. Her ability to fuse hip hop, choral music, student-centered dialogue and creative teaching strategies has led to her being heavily sought-after as a clinician by universities, school districts and professional organizations worldwide. Fripp holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education with a concentration in choral music from Winthrop University, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Belmont University. 


anthony pinedaAnthony Pineda’s work explores the intersection of education, mental health, technology and creativity. He spends his professional time in the fields of youth education and mental health, providing programming celebrating hip hop culture. In 2014, Pineda founded the Creatrix Institute, an innovative company providing programming for youth that targets their own cultural knowledge and voice. Creatrix teaches youth how to access their voice through hip hop and develop creative skills through technology. Through the institute, he continues his efforts to build bridges. “As someone with several cultural roots, I recognize that education requires we find ways to integrate, not separate,” he said. Pineda himself grew up disconnected from his own Native American Ute ancestry and found a way back to learning from this cultural knowledge through hip hop. His personal story fuels his passion for creating a new paradigm in education that acknowledges and builds on the cultural knowledge of all students. Pineda holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, sociology and African and African American studies from the University of California at Davis, and a master’s degree in consciousness and transformative studies, with an emphasis in transpersonal psychology, from John F. Kennedy University (now known as National University). 

The Joy Douglass Visiting Master Teacher Program was established by Joy Anthony Douglass ’56 to honor the transformative opportunities she had working with visiting master teachers during her time at The Crane School of Music. The fund allows visiting master teachers to share their insights and expertise with Crane students, faculty and music educators from the surrounding region. 

About The Crane School of Music: 

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-Steinway institution and was one of the first Yamaha Institutions of Excellence. For more information, please visit

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