Jakeshoredrive (via Instagram)
"It really makes me happy and ready for the day," wrote one student in a letter to Mr. P.
I wish my elementary school teacher played house music when we arrived for school.
The self-proclaimed "Tech House Teacher" on TikTok, better known as Mr. P by his students, is a teacher based in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. P has been playing tech house bangers for his students to motivate them as they arrive to school each morning. One even penned a letter, urging him to keep it up.
"Dear Mr. P, can you please keep playing house music when we come into school in the morning?" reads the note. "It really makes me happy and ready for the day."
Mr. P is also pursuing a career as a DJ and producer, creating tech house tracks under the moniker Jakeshoredrive and releasing them on a number of notable record labels, like Hood Politics. And his educational methods seem to be gaining popularity:
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Jakeshoredrive (via Instagram)