Leadership Academy:

Planting a Seed for Education



KMVT 15 partners with Creatrix Institute to offer an exciting, new program


HIP HOP Leadership Academy engages high school youth using hip hop music, art, creativity and technology. Students participate in a unique arts education program that facilitates a dialogue about education, motivation and values. Creativity and exploration combine to promote an immersive learning experience.


Students and their families participate in open discussions, engagement techniques and workshops. The program has been developed with Common Core standards. Classes meet weekly at KMVT 15 studios on Wednesdays, 4-6 pm from January 14, 2015 to May 13, 2015. The cost of the 16-week program is $899.


This specialized curriculum and partnership takes our program to the next level, and youth discover how the Common Core now supports innovative education. Benefits include increased motivation for learning, social-emotional development, leadership training and clear communication skills.

Creatrix Institute developed hip hop based education to give students an understanding of hip hop culture, philosophy and music, simultaneously enhancing listening, reading and writing skills. The goal is to provide each student with a voice of expression in order to target leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and educational motivation. Tremendous time was invested to develop a theoretical basis for hip-hop culture and music. The team conducted extensive research and development while facilitating hip hop based educational programs within the classroom. Contemporary practices in entrepreneurial leadership are also integrated into what students learn.

Anthony Pineda is a teacher and family man focused on the future and education of young people. As a Latino youth, he witnessed the pressures of gang activity among friends, alcoholism in his family and poverty in his Central Valley community. Attempting to navigate the problems by listening to violent hip hop, he determined those artists lacked substance in music and, furthermore, bombarded impressionable psyches with violent images that reinforced negative thoughts and emotions. Through introspection and reflection, he motivated himself by writing to Tupac Shakur's work and listening attentively to the messages the artist programmed into the music. The act of listening and analyzing created a personal breakthrough from personal trauma, and Pineda believes hip hop music saved his life.


Since 2008, he has worked in education to develop specialized curriculum, foster emotional intelligence and change the lives of students. Pineda understands, firsthand, how socioeconomic status can limit education, career and life opportunities, and he teaches hip hop music in ways that open the eyes of young people and motivate them to pursue excellence.


Richard Gali, in affiliation with Adobe Youth Voices, teaches video production through a hip hop music lens. He is familiar with the foundational aspects of the specialized curriculum and offers an integrative model to expand the creative and experiential process the students will learn. Gali currently works with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, where hip hop flourishes with the local youth engaged in their programming.

Ray Romero is a local producer and educator in Silicon Valley. He has been a part of Creatrix's programming since it began in 2009. Romero’s creative mind continually contributes to the curriculum, and his knowledge of hip hop culture is a tremendous asset to the youth. A wizard of production, he brings many talents to the classroom, including passion and integrity. He knows about several platforms of production including Pro Tools and innovative model app production.



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What you’ll learn
  • Hip-hop culture, history and musical expression
  • Reading skills, increased conplexity and comprehension
  • Analysis of specific literature, lyrical and poetic language
  • Writing skills, emphasizing solid reasoning abilities
  • Active listening, analysis and collaborative creation
  • Music and video creation in small teams


View an interview with Anthony Pineda discussing his techniques and philsophy





Contact KMVT 15

Phone:(650) 968-1540