Students who Songwrite

Stephen Dawes '21. Photo credit: Clementine Daniel
February 11, 2020

There are numerous immersive music courses offered at Urban, focusing on a variety of complex musical techniques that range from Chamber Orchestra to Music Production and Engineering. Students can focus...

The disappearing sounds of Haight Street: the closing of the Haight Ashbury Music Center

Haight Ashbury Music Center displays liquidation banners. Photo credit: Phoebe Grandi.
October 23, 2019

For the past 47 years, the Haight Ashbury Music Center, which neighbors Gus’s Community Market, has had a constant stream of musicians walking into the store and performing outside of it. However, the...

All publicity is good publicity: R. Kelly’s streams increase following sexual assault allegations

On May 10, 2018, Spotify removed R. Kelly's music from their officially curated playlists. In the week following May 10, R. Kelly's Spotify streams increased by 1.4%. (Source: The Verge)

On January 3rd, 2019, LifeTime movies aired Surviving R. Kelly, a docu-series detailing several accounts of Kelly's abuse/assault of young women. In the week following January 3rd, R. Kelly's Spotify streams increased by 16%. (Source: The Blast)
February 19, 2019

From Michael Jackson to Chris Brown, some of the most influential performers of recent decades have been linked to accusations of sexual assault and domestic abuse. In many cases in the past, off-stage...

Getting to know the newest faculty members: A profile series

October 24, 2017

As the San Francisco fall sets in, the new Urban School teachers settle into their new roles at the school. The Urban Legend interviewed three of these newcomers to give the students and faculty a better...

Blues Jam at Blues Jam

May 30, 2017

The Urban School website states that Urban music programs and events promote the idea that “even young musicians are capable of excellence,” and Blues Jam was a “lively” example, said Devon Jeffery...

Mark Salkind: The man behind the building

Mark Salkind, blowing bubbles in the Page street
February 8, 2017

   “If you had asked me when I was 14 years old, would I end up being a high school principal, I would have looked at you and said, ‘are you kidding?’”    Head of the Urban School of San...

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