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Associated Press Story about MSCM’s Hip-Hop Diploma Program

McNally Smith College of Music’s Hip-Hop Diploma Program, which kicked off with the school’s September 2009 fall semester, is the country’s first college-level diploma from an accredited institution devoted to the study of hip-hop music and culture. The diploma course spans three semesters, which can be completed in one calendar year, and is taught by leading hip-hop practitioners and other music industry veterans from McNally Smith’s faculty. Toki Wright, a much honored emcee and organizer, is the coordinator for the new degree program and one of its prominent instructors.

In addition to Toki Wright, McNally Smith’s faculty includes a number of highly accomplished artists from the hip-hop world. Faculty members who will be teaching in the new diploma program include Dessa (a member of the Doomtree crew and published author), Sean McPherson (bassist and leader of the band Heiruspecs), Joe Mabbott (an engineer and producer for numerous projects, including multiple Atmosphere releases) and others.

McNally Smith’s unique and innovative Hip-Hop program is receiving local and national attention. CNN has run a piece on the program and now AP writer Jeff Baenen tells more of the story.

Read Jeff Baenen’s story on the Associated Press web site which includes a video of instructor Freddy Fresh.

For more information on McNally Smith’s Hip-Hop Studies Diploma program, contact McNally Smith’s Admissions Department at (800) 594-9500.