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DJ Spark Helps Students Compose their own Unique Hip Hop Creations Using Stanton Gear


Stanton® Magnetics, a member of the Stanton Group of companies and an industry leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio products for DJs, is helping to inspire a new generation of DJ's and composers with its continued support of the Thelonious Monk Institute's BeBop to Hip Hop student program. Through the program, students create their own compositions using modern technology including Stanton's STR8.150 Turntables, M.203 Mixers and DJ Pro 2000 headphones donated by the company.

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is an international non-profit education organization whose goal is to expose students to the history of American music and give them opportunities to express themselves through the art form of their particular generation. As part of the BeBop to Hip Hop program, students at Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles, CA recently performed their original compositions with hip hop legend Kool Mo Dee and jazz pianist/composer Billy Childs — both Grammy Award-winning artists.

In preparation for their final concert, students learn from jazz and hip-hop artists about the history of these two musical genres. With this history as a foundation, the students also learn songwriting composition and the use of professional music equipment. DJ Spark, a long-time instructor with the Institute and long-time Stanton user, helps the students learn how to put together tracks with the turntables and mixers for their compositions. Outside the classroom, she also uses Stanton for her professional gigs around the world with the likes of Ms. Triniti, IMX, Da 5 Footaz, Paulina Rubio, YoYo, B2K, Sy Smith, Blackstreet and most recently Teddy Riley.

"The STR8.150's are very durable," Spark explains. "They are very solid, which is something I noticed right away when they were first shipped to me. You know it's going to hold up. The location of the dual start/stop buttons on opposite side of the turntable makes it really convenient and easily accessible for the Monk Institute students and me when spinning.

"This same durability that makes Stanton gear an asset while on tour makes it ideal for an educational environment. The STR8.150 and the M.203's rugged designs make them able to withstand repeated use from multiple students every day. The "skip-proof" straight tone arm of the STR8.150 helps to ensure no skips, allowing students to achieve a clear mix. The DJ Pro 2000 headphone delivers high output without compromising on sound quality. It features a unique folding design with a rotating ear cup and padded shoulder rest, which allows the students to use the headphones in the way that's most comfortable to them.

"We are really excited to see each year what the students at Thelonious Monk Institute create," says Dan Bruck, Director of Marketing for Stanton. "Music education is important to us and we're happy to help the Institute further its goals in keeping America's music history alive for the next generation.

"For more information on the Thelonious Monk Institute and upcoming events, please visit