Michael McGuire, multidisciplinary artist, educator and rapper, has just completed his doctorate in education at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax by recording a rap album.
McGuire, who performs and records under the moniker Hermit of the Woods, said his evolution from high school dropout to PhD graduate is rooted in his love and respect for hip hop.
“Growing up listening to Public Enemy and Canadians like Maestro Fresh Wes, they were always talking about interesting ideas and things that I wasn’t necessarily learning in school,” McGuire told CBC Radio. Information morning Wednesday.
“For me, hip hop was not only an exciting musical form and cultural expression, but it was a way to learn about things in the world that I otherwise didn’t know.”
McGuire said his own struggles at school showed him the need to take different approaches to education in order to be more inclusive of young people with different learning styles.
Listen to guest host Preston Mulligan’s full interview with McGuire to hear how he went from giving workshops on how to rap and make beats to teaching college-level classes like rap, resistance and religion.
Information Morning – N.S.8:33How a Nova Scotian earned a doctorate in education by recording a rap record