Spring 2025

Hip Hop Production

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-270


Amy M. Coddington (Section 01)


How is hip hop made, and why does it sound the way it does? In this course, we will examine the history of hip hop production by creating hip hop, analyzing how technological inventions and changing aesthetic practices have contributed to the sound and style of hip hop’s beats. Through close listening, together with reading first-person accounts, critical reviews, musical instrument manuals, ethnographies, and musical analyses, students in this course will develop a historical understanding of the aesthetics and musical contributions of important hip hop producers and how these producers have embraced new technologies and instruments. Informed by this historical background, students will compose hip hop beats using a variety of instruments and software and using celebrated tracks by producers such as Rick Rubin, the Bomb Squad, the Dust Brothers, Organized Noize, J Dilla, and Metro Boomin as models for their compositions.

Requisite:  Limited to 15 students. Professor Coddington.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority to juniors and seniors and students with prior musical experience

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: reading, analyzing music, composing music.

Course Materials


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2023, Spring 2025