PBS's Beat Making Lab brings portable music studios to young people around the world to empower them and their communities.

Non-profit broadcasting network PBS has teamed up with Beat Making Lab for a new digital series consisting of weekly episodes documenting the unique music initiative bringing their small, portable music studios to youths around the world.

Beat Making Lab started out as an innovative course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The course was created by professor and well-known DJ Stephen Levitin, also known as Apple Juice Kid, and Dr. Mark Katz, author of ‘Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip Hop DJ.’ Professor and hiphop artist/emcee Pierce Freelon joined Levitin and helped bring the course to a community setting. The course teaches ‘open source music production and entrepreneurship’ to young people.

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