Detroit Evening Report: J Dilla music workshop returning to Wayne State

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The J Dilla Music Tech Teaching Workshop is returning for its second year with a multi-day experience at Wayne State University.

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The late J Dilla was a Detroit producer, musician and songwriter who helped change the sound of hip-hop and R&B, primarily with his work as a member of Slum Village.

WSU, along with the Save The Music Foundation, supports public school teachers in new and innovative ways of teaching music in the classroom, taking inspiration from J Dilla.

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

The workshop runs July 12-14. J Dilla’s mother, Ma Dukes, will visit on the final day from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Ma Dukes will also participate in a roundtable Q&A with Stacey Hotwaxx Hale, workshop instructors and more.

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  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.