Teach the Beat!

Bringing the distinctive D.C. sound of go-go into the classroom.

Teaching for Change is honored to work with D.C.  area schools and the authors of The Beat! Go-Go Music from Washington, D.C. to develop lessons and share teaching ideas for infusing the history and music of go-go in middle and high school social studies, language arts, math, music, and/or D.C. history classes, and to bring renowned go-go performers into D.C. classrooms.

"Go-go has stayed true to time-honored cultural scripts such as live call-and-response, live instrumentation, as well as its locally rooted fashions, slang, dance, distribution and economic systems. Simply put: Go-Go never sold out. There is a grit and texture to the music that gives voice to the communities where it was created." –Natalie Hopkinson


Photo © Thomas Sayers Ellis.

Photo © Thomas Sayers Ellis.

“In this exquisitely written and researched book lies a straightforward path to reckoning with go-go...[The Authors] have done a deft, incisive job of untangling subcultural urban myth from globally recognized musical innovation.
- Greg Tate, The Village Voice

“It’s all right here... The past, present, and future of our music. Insightful and authoritative, Stephenson & Lornell did their homework & the result is the only true written record of the sound, scene, and culture we created and continue to embrace”
- Chuck Brown

“There would be no Go Go if not for the showmobile, summer in the parks, and the good times all over Southeast, Washington. I remember when the battle of the bands was big fun. The competition was great and made me a better musician. You must read this book to fully understand why Go-Go is so popular in DC. The pocket, The Beat, and now the new Go-Go Beat, the Bounce Beat - Go-Go is DC!”
- Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliot

“Successfully dive[s] into the core of a music genre that has been pulsing in the nation’s capital for the better part of 25 years.”
- Kato, TMOTT

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Image credits: Thomas Sayers Ellis