Oakland nonprofit combines music, life learning

on February 4, 2014

Music producers, DJs and vocalists make up the Oakland-based nonprofit Today’s Future Sound, which teaches music production to students in K-12 schools around the bay and beyond. In its infancy, TFS was a natural convergence of Elliot Gann’s training as a clinical psychologist and his love of hip-hop. For nearly ten years, Gann has been using music production education as a way to create a culturally engaging therapeutic outlet for kids and teens while also teaching them tangible life skills. Oakland North spent some time with Gann, his students and his staff to learn about some of the challenges and highlights of mixing education with hip-hop.


  1. […] This guy got his PsyD, and decided the best way for him to help the world was to use his music production skills to help Oakland middle schoolers make beats during their lunch break. [Oakland North: Oakland nonprofit combines music, life learning] […]

  2. ZestMUSIC BHB on April 15, 2014 at 10:31 am

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