How to pay your students to go to school: Student-run record labels and the creative pedagogue



creative pedagogue, opportunity youth, Hip-Hop Based Education, arts in education, student-run business, teaching artist, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)


The author examines a federally funded internship program he organized while serving as the director of the High School for Recording Arts Los Angeles program. The school paid students to operate their own record label. Under the American Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, approved organizations provide paid, for-credit internships to young people who meet the definition of opportunity youth. Through this partnership, students learned real-world skills, gained hands-on experience, and built their resumes. The author experienced a shift in his professional praxis from school leader to creative pedagogue. During the internship, the school experienced increased student attendance and enrolment, suggesting the paid internship resulted in increased opportunities for student learning. The author covers similar opportunities across the US and Canada.

Author Biography

Michael Lipset, McGill University

Ph.D. Candidate - Department of Integrated Studies, McGil University


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How to Cite

Lipset, M. (2021). How to pay your students to go to school: Student-run record labels and the creative pedagogue. McGill Journal of Education / Revue Des Sciences De l’éducation De McGill, 55(3). Retrieved from



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