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CMS.S61/S97 DJ Culture and Performance
Jan/04 Tue 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/18 Tue 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 01:00PM–03:00PM

Students will learn the foundational practices of the live DJ (disk jockey) and explore music and dance scenes across several generations and cultures. Lectures will cover the evolution of the craft and technologies of the DJ and students will have access to equipment to practice mixing music. Students will complete the course by recording a presentation or performance to highlight a chosen contemporary or historical dance scene from around the world.

No prior experience is necessary, but students must sustain interest in some form of popular dance music, broadly defined.

Eye on A.I.: Decoding the Bias
Jan/25 Tue 07:00PM–08:30PM

Sasha Costanza-Chock, Shalini Kantayya, Safiya Noble and Kishawna Peck speak with Ethan Zuckerman to discuss biases, equity, transparency, and governance as they  relate to machine learning.  

In the 2020 film Coded Bias, filmmaker Shalini Kantayya explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all.

In this panel discussion, leading experts working in the field of machine learning discuss the underlying prejudices embedded in computer code and how we might unravel these predispositions and ensure all humans are treated equally by both human and machine.  The discussion will focus on racial and gender biases in artificial intelligence (A.I.) and how it affects our day to day living. 

Registration is required.  

As a component of the program, we encourage participants to view Coded Bias.  The film is available to current MIT community members here; it is also available to members of the general public on Netflix.  

The MIT Libraries is committed to accessibility.  Please email us if you would like to request accommodation to participate in this program.  Please let us know as far in advance as possible and we will do our best to meet your request. 

This event is presented in collaboration with the Toronto Public Library and is part of TPL's On Civil Society series.

It Must Be Now! Terri Lyne Carrington, Braxton Cook, and Sean Jones: renowned jazz artists on composing with a social justice lens
Jan/13 Thu 05:00PM
Jan/20 Thu 05:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 05:00PM

Three Thursday conversations with renowned jazz artists on composing with a
social justice lens

IAP 2021: It Must Be Now!— Advancing social justice actions through music and media

January 13, 20, and 27: 5:00-6:30pm

Attend individual conversations or the full series as a whole: these events are remote and will be live-streamed on Zoom. This event was previously scheduled for the Lewis Library but will now be a virtual event, register for event link.

Join Terri Lyne Carrington, Braxton Cook, and Sean Jones, the composers for It Must Be Now! (IMBN!) as they each discuss their process for composing new music on themes of racial and social injustice.

IMBN! is a multi-year project culminating in a large-scale work for MIT musicians on May 7th, 2022. These conversations over IAP aim to provide an opportunity for the composers to share the behind-the-scenes of their creative process, and for the MIT/Greater Boston community to engage in open dialogue about how these themes take hold across the MIT campus and beyond.

Attend individual conversations or the full series as a whole. Light refreshments served after each event.

Register here.


Between the Light and the Dark

Thursday, January 13th — 5:00-6:30pm

Braxton Cook’s composition dives into the juxtaposition between the light and the dark as he questions where we find ourselves as a society facing the collective trauma of the pandemic and police brutality while attempting to adjust our perspective to emphasize what we have instead of what we’ve lost. The audience conversation will be facilitated by Tracie D. Jones, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


The Resilience of Black Women

Thursday, January 20th — 5:00-6:30pm

Terri Lyne Carrington’s composition investigates the common struggles, inherent truths and sheer resilience of Black women, born into a world of injustice and tasked with navigating the overt and subliminal burdens placed on them while claiming the right to be free and whole. Carrington’s piece reflects on the legacy of creativity and invention of enslaved Africans and their descendants and aims to find a path forward to abolition, self-determination, and justice.


What if we were all connected?

Thursday, January 27th – 5:00-6:30pm

Sean Jones’ composition explores the concept of Pangea (an ancient supercontinent) as an Afrofuturism vehicle, probing the question of whether a more geographically linked world would still cause such deep rifts and misunderstandings of who we are as human beings?

These conversations are sponsored by the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology, the MIT Lewis Music Library, and MIT Music and Theater Arts.

It Must Be Now! Performance
Saturday, May 7, 2022
More details coming soon

Learn to Play That Ukulele You Bought IAP Class
Jan/12 Wed 01:00PM–02:00PM

Do you have a ukulele but don't know how to play? Do you want to learn what's so awesome about this versatile, quirky instrument? This IAP activity will meet for four 60-minute sessions, guaranteed to get you strumming your favorite songs. For beginning to intermediate ukulele players. All students must bring their own instrument.

Class Dates (all in Killian Hall):

Wed, Jan 12, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Wed, Jan 19, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Wed, Jan 26, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Instructor: Laura Jay
Email to sign up!

MIT Heavy Metal 101 IAP 2022
Jan/10 Mon 06:30PM–08:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 06:30PM–08:00PM
Jan/12 Wed 06:30PM–08:00PM
Jan/13 Thu 06:30PM–08:00PM
Jan/18 Tue 06:30PM–08:00PM
Jan/19 Wed 06:30PM–08:00PM
Jan/20 Thu 06:30PM–08:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 06:30PM–08:00PM
Jan/26 Wed 06:30PM–08:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 06:30PM–08:00PM

Not a Metallurgy class! This veteran crash-course is coming back in full force and will have you head banging, air guitaring, and devil horn raising in no time! Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Heavy Metal, including how Metallica tries too hard to be cool, why Lemmy IS God (RIP), how the genre tackles some of today's biggest sociopolitical challenges, why metal bands exist in every country on Earth, and why you're probably already a metalhead without even knowing it.  

WARNING: This series most definitely goes to 11!  Earplugs optional. We'll look at metal cultures, explore the fringes of the most extreme forms of metal, and, of course, listen to some SCREAMING HEAVY METAL! This is guaranteed to be the most BRUTAL class ever offered at MIT!

Follow the Zoom links to join any class, and all are welcome to join (even those outside the MIT community). Since we're still remote this year, seating isn't limited and all classes will be held on Zoom. All information can be found at

Full 2022 Schedule of Events (All events start at 6:30 PM ET, and links to the Zoom rooms that will be used are listed below. Keep in mind these times may shift depending on outside factors.)

Heavy Metal 101: Music and Culture
Monday January 10, 2022

An introduction to Heavy Metal. Topics include the musicology of Heavy Metal as well as an examination of Heavy Metal culture. This multimedia extravaganza covers everything you ever wanted to know about Heavy Metal!

Zoom Link

History of Heavy Metal, Part I
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

A seminar examining the history of Heavy Metal from the late 1960s through the early 1990s. Topics will include Hard Rock, Archetypal Heavy Metal, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), Power Metal, Thrash Metal, and the Big 4.

Zoom Link

MIT Heavy Metal 101: The GUTS of Metal - Music Theory and Songwriting with Colin Brumley
Wednesday January 12, 2022

MIT Heavy Metal 101 is pleased to present guest lecturer, Colin Brumley. Titled "The GUTS of Heavy Metal: Metal Music Theory," join us for an evening of metal music theory and songwriting with Colin Brumley of Dormivore and Noctobre. This presentation will be a deep dive into how metal is made and how it works, from the granular to the bird’s-eye view. Topics will include foundations in classical music theory (no prior knowledge needed), scales and modalities utilized in different types of metal, how to expand your listening, and — new this year! — apply these ingredients, augmented with other musicological factors, towards songwriting via analysis of full original songs. We wouldn’t show you how to make the world’s greatest grilled cheese without actually dissecting one! 

Zoom Link

MIT Heavy Metal 101: Panel About Stage Lighting at Metal Concerts with Shannon Knotts and John Santos
Thursday January 13, 2022

MIT Heavy Metal 101 is pleased to present guest panelists, John Santos and Shannon Knotts. What does it take to build the atmosphere of a live show with light and staging? This panel will feature two light and staging artists/engineers, John Santos and Shannon Knotts, who will discuss the process and challenges of creating successful shows and what sorts of thinking go into their production. Come with questions! 

Zoom Link

MIT Heavy Metal 101: Feminism and Motherhood with Joan Jocson-Singh
Tuesday January 18, 2022

MIT Heavy Metal 101 is pleased to present guest lecturer, Joan Jocson-Singh. Joining us to discuss her research surrounding Feminism in Metal/Extreme Metal, Vigilante Feminism, and Motherhood's role within metal, Joan will also open a discussion around the larger questions about metal music in academia and the importance of "academicizing" the genre. 

Zoom Link

MIT Heavy Metal 101: Heavy Metal Electronics 101 with Dr. Gore
Wednesday January 19, 2022

MIT Heavy Metal 101 is pleased to present guest lecturer, Dr. Görebläster Körpse-härvest Lunden. In this session, MIT alum and physicist Dr. Gore will present an overview of the complete chain of electronic circuits that makes the heavy metal guitar sound the way it does. The class will cover pickups, effects pedals, amplifiers, and speakers, focusing especially on what happens to the electronic waveform each step of the way. There will also be live demonstrations to accompany the theoretical explanations. 

Zoom Link

History of Heavy Metal: Part II
Thursday January 20, 2022

A seminar examining the history of Heavy Metal from the early 1990s to the present. Topics include New American Metal, Metalcore and Grindcore, Black Metal, Death Metal, and Extreme Metal.

Zoom Link

MIT Heavy Metal 101: Metal Makeup and Fashion with Wacky Jacky
Tuesday January 25, 2022

MIT Heavy Metal 101 is pleased to present guest lecturer, Wacky Jacky. We've looked a lot at how metal formed and took shape over the years. Though, how can you better look the part, and what do the aesthetics say about the genre as a whole? Come by as Jacky explores various metal fashions and how they've evolved over time and across genres. P.S. Bring your battle vests, cuffs, and best corpse paint for this lecture.

Zoom Link

MIT Heavy Metal 101: Vocals with Paul Buckley
Wednesday January 26, 2022

MIT Heavy Metal 101 is pleased to present guest lecturer, Paul Buckley. This talk will discuss some background information regarding harsh vocals, how to develop and maintain a harsh vocal style, and examples of how harsh vocals are applied in metal.

Zoom Link

History of Heavy Metal: Part III
Thursday January 27, 2022

This will be a seminar examining the many of the remaining genres of Heavy Metal. Topics will include more obscure genres of Metal Fusion, Experimental and Avant-Garde Metal, and really whatever else we missed so far. It's going to get weird.

Zoom Link

MIT Heavy Metal 101: Extreme Decolonial Dialogues and Decolonial Heavy Metal with Nelson Varas-Díaz and Daniel Nevárez Araújo
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

MIT Heavy Metal 101 is pleased to present guest lecturers, Nelson Varas-Díaz and Daniel Nevárez Araújo. Nelson and Daniel will discuss the topic of Extreme Decolonial Dialogues and Decolonial Heavy Metal. Throughout their research, they have revealed that metal as practiced, performed, and promoted in Latin America has a decolonial inflection whereby many bands in the region highlight their respective country’s colonial history and offer ways to challenge the conditions and ideologies inherited from said history. They will also discuss how their work in Latin American metal has inspired and informed a growing interest in the topic of metal in the Global South.

Zoom Link

History of Heavy Metal: Part IV
Thursday February 3, 2022

An extra class? We'll have a couple extra surprises before we close this year out!

Zoom Link

Music Recital
Jan/27 Thu 03:00PM–05:00PM

The MIT math department music recital will be returning once again this IAP, taking place in Killian Hall on 1/27/2022 from 3pm-5pm. The recital is a yearly tradition where we gather to listen to music performed by the talented members of the math department. Classical (Indian and western), jazz, video game, Latin-American, and Scandinavian folk music, as well as original compositions have all previously been featured.

Songwriting Workshop IAP Class
Jan/12 Wed 02:30PM–04:00PM

This workshop will meet for four 90-minute sessions and will conclude with a small recital. This IAP activity is designed to give aspiring songwriters the structure and direction to create new music. The songs we'll be writing will focus on melody, harmony, and lyrics. If you play guitar/ukulele or some other harmonic instrument, please bring it with you! There will be a piano in the space. No prior songwriting experience necessary!

Class dates (all in Killian Hall):

Wed, Jan 12, 2022 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Wed, Jan 19, 2022 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Wed, Jan 26, 2022 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Laura Jay
Email to sign up!

Stretch Your Impact - social impact tech in education
Jan/13 Thu 12:00PM–01:00PM

Looking to learn more about education, technology, and entrepreneurship?

Do you love music? 

Join the PKG Center and Rhymes with Reason to learn more about using education entrepreneurship to innovate.

We will be joined by Founder & CEO of Rhymes with Reason, Austin Martin. Rhymes with Reason is a "web-based educational platform that uses popular music to help students learn standardized, literacy-related topics, including vocabulary." Austin founded the organization while an undergraduate at Brown University as a means of making education more equitable and culturally inclusive of minority youth. Want to learn more? Watch Austin’s TED Talk learn more about his social innovation in education.  

On Zoom - RSVP to get link 

Thursday, January 13th, at noon ET

The Institooters! Virtual IAP Class
Jan/03 Mon 05:00PM–06:30PM


Improve your flute skills while learning and performing fun, beautiful music in a wide range of musical styles from the 16th-21st centuries. Bass flutes, alto flutes and piccolos will be made available.

Intermediate to advanced performance level, preferably with previous experience playing in musical ensembles.

Class Dates:

Monday, January 03, 2022 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Thursday, January 06, 2022 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Monday, January 10, 2022 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Monday, January 17, 2022 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Monday, January 24, 2022 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm


Instructor: Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin, MIT Adjunct Flute Instructor
Contact to learn more and enroll.