What is the "Art of Teaching" Program?

The “Art of Teaching” is a rigorous, 20-hour Teaching Artist Training Program that mentors Hip Hop Dancers, MC’s, Beatboxers, DJ’s, and Visual Artists to acquire the strong skills, knowledge, and resources to teach professionally in K-12 Schools.

Throughout the course, artists will be able to:

  • Receive ongoing individualized mentorship.
  • Work and grow collaboratively in a vibrant learning environment.
  • Translate their artistry and “Soul Message” into effective instructions.

Who should do the "Art of Teaching" Program?

We are looking for Hip Hop Artists (all elements) and Educators who have a PASSION and COMMITMENT to the craft of Hip Hop AND teaching.

Ideal candidates possess the following traits:

  • Positive and supportive learning approach
  • Responsible and reliable
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Artistic integrity and excellence
  • Flexible availability during school hours (8:00am - 2:00pm)
  • Experience teaching in a K-12 school setting (Not a requirement)

What will I Learn?

Our curriculum will cover the following content and skills:

  • Curriculum and Lesson Plan Design
  • California Visual and Performing Arts Standards
  • Common Core and Classroom Curriculum Integration
  • Best Practices & Pedagogy for 21st Century Learning and Instruction
  • Assessment Strategies
  • Classroom Management
  • Partnerships with Classroom Teachers

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Develop an original, standards-based, sequential curriculum using your “Big Idea”.
  • Create effective, engaging, and meaningful lesson plans with clear outcomes, standards, guided instruction, task, criteria, and assessment.
  • Design and deliver a lesson in front of peers and receive constructive feedback.
  • Connect to a community of teaching artist professionals and arts education organizations.

When and Where does this take place?

We will meet on Thursdays for 5 weeks.


July 28

Aug 4

Aug 11

Aug 18

Aug 25


10:00am - 2:00pm


Veterans Memorial Complex
4117 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230

What is the Fee?

Early Bird Deal: $197!

Includes Full AOT Program & Freebies

*Register by July 15

Regular Package: $247

Includes Full AOT Program & Freebies

Scholarship Program

We're happy to offer full and partial scholarships! Please email universoulhiphop@gmail.com for guidelines and an application.

Enrollment includes the following AOT Freebies!

  • Teaching Artist Guidebook ($50 Value)
  • 60 minute follow-up consultation ($100 Value)
  • Employment opportunities (We're seeking to hire new Teaching Artists for the 2016-2017 school year!)

How do I apply?

Are you ready to join us!?

Email: universoulhiphop@gmail.com to secure your slot!

Enrollment is limited to 10 artists so that we can focus on quality!

Instructor Bio

The program will be lead by UniverSOUL Hip Hop’s founder - Tiffany “Jimini” Bong, who is an international, award-winning Hip Hop/Street Dancer and Educator. Bong has a B.A. in Theatre & Dance and a B.S. in Psychology from Santa Clara University as well as a Professional Designation in Arts Education from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. She currently serves as a teaching artist and arts education specialist for the Music Center of LA County, College of the Canyons PAC, Segerstrom PAC, and consults for various non-profit organizations like Culture Shock LA and Everybody Dance Now!

About UniverSOUL Hip Hop

UniverSOUL Hip Hop’s vision is to bring world-class, professional Hip Hop artists into the classroom to educate, enrich, and excel our youth through the arts. We provide in-school, Hip Hop residencies, workshops, and assemblies as well as after-school enrichment programs for students throughout Southern California.

Want to know more about what we do? Check out this video!