The Beast: Hip Hop/Jazz Band and Educators

The Beast: Hip Hop/Jazz Band and Educators

Beautifully rebellious and refreshingly original, The Beast is one of the most imaginative bands to emerge from North Carolina’s burgeoning music scene. The Durham-based quartet fearlessly navigates worlds of hip hop and jazz with compelling lyrics, progressive compositions and a gripping live

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Sankofa: African American Music from Spirituals to Hip Hop


Program description

In “SANKOFA: African American Music from Spirituals to Hip Hop” students will learn elements of Storytelling, Improvisation and Call and Response in American Music. A brilliant mix of TedTalk-style interactive lecture with an exciting live band, SANKOFA educates and entertains. Students will learn about the oral tradition through the West African storyteller/poet known as the Griot; explore coded


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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance, Day Trip, Out-of-School-Time, Professional Development, Virtual/Online Program, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Multi-discipline, Music, Storytelling
Cultural Origin: American, Multicultural
Subject: English, History, Music, Social Studies / History
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

The Beast performs year round. Please contact us to discuss a specific date!

Available times:

Performances can be given any time of day

Length of program: 45-50 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

We bring all of our own equpiment, including a PA and microphones.  8 Bottled Waters are requested


Your school, auditorium, theater, etc.

Fees / Ticketing:

$1400 for 2 shows at the same location, if we can book another performance in the Charlotte area the same day. Please contact us to find out which dates we will already be in Charlotte, in order to help reduce the cost of your fee.

$2000 for 2 shows at the same location, if only at 1 school that day.


NC Standard Course of Study:

SL3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.

Music goal 8.02 – Identify ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines taught in the school are related to those of music.

Music goal 9.03 – Compare across several cultures of the world and in history, the functions of music, roles of musicians, and conditions under which music is typically performed.

NC Essential Standards:

K.MR.1.2 Recognize contrasts in music, such as high/low pitch, loud/soft dynamics, fast/slow tempo, and same/different sections of music.

K.CR.1.2 Recognize the relationships between music and concepts from other areas.

1.CR.1.1 Recognize how music is used in customs and traditions of various cultures.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


References for The Beast:

Shana Adams
Manager, Creative Arts in Public & Private Schools
Durham Arts Council
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701

Ragen Carlile
Program Coordinator
United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County
110 S. Blount St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Atrayus Goode
Executive Director, Movement of Youth
2530 Meridian Parkway
Suite 300
Durham, NC 27713

Cancellation Policy

The Beast will perform rain or shine. Please contact us at least 2 weeks prior to a scheduled performance if there are changes in the date, time or location.