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We Are R.A.P. Hip-Hop Education Program (Zoom)

Sat, Oct 23 2021
11:00am - 1:00pm Central
Virtual Branch
Age Group
For teens


We Are Rap, LLC
Virtual Event


Designed and presented by Royce “Sauce” Handy, this 8-week series will use rap, technology, and entrepreneurship to teach high school aged youth creative writing. The class will also discuss several career opportunities in the music industry while providing a safe space for them to voice their joys, angers and concerns.

Series registration will close 10:30am Oct 9th. Participants will be emailed a Zoom access code 15 minutes before the start of each program. So please include your email in the registration. Please note: You must sign into the room prior to the start of the program. Space is limited.

Week 1 -The Intro Introductory week—students will be introduced to the following: program coaches; program objectives and outcomes; and music studio tools/what tools we will be using for the class. Students will also introduce themselves and share their favorite artists/songs that speak to them. Students will receive a syllabus outlining the entire eight-week program and will learn of multiple ways rap has been used in career opportunities for artists, outside of the stage.

Week 2 - What Is RAP? Students will learn the functions of any tools we will use and will be introduced to music appreciation. Students will learn the basics of Hip-Hop songwriting/arrangement, and how it relates to other creative writing forms. Students will learn the importance of rhyme, lyrical technique and more.

Week 3 - The Studio Students will learn how to set up a music studio and will virtually assist with setup including running wires, sound proofing, connecting instruments, etc. Coaches will continue to assist students in songwriting. The music appreciation component for this week will entail studying great songwriters. Homework will be given.

Week 4 - The Beats Students will learn how to purchase beats from local producers and will focus on the following: learning software programs (if possible), learning level adjustments, and will begin talking about the final project. Music appreciation component will continue.

Week 5 - The Project & Mini Contest Continuation of Week 4 - Continuing the final project ideas and choosing a beat, content, etc. Coaches will introduce the contest project. Students will need a recording device that can capture video and a playback device that can play the instrumental (a phone and a speaker, etc)

Week 6 - The Project & Mini Contest 2 Students will focus on creating/finishing their own works for the contest. Homework will be given.

Week 7 - The Final Students will work on finalizing the project for the contest.

Week 8 - The Outro/Listening Party Outro class. Students will have submitted all final projects, complete a short evaluation of the class and we will choose some of their favorite songs/activities to play throughout the class, celebrating the end of the program. Also, willing students can share what they have or any other creations they’ve made during the class. This is a general overview agenda specific for the virtual program. Details can/will be changed as needed once the program starts.


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