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.” 

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