RAPS 101: From Ideas to Execution (ages 10-18)

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RAPS 101: From Ideas to Execution (ages 10-18)

Instructor: Derek Clark (Tulsa rapper 1st Verse)

Description: 

Your voice matters!

Led by 1st Verse (Derek Clark) and a team of local professional hip hop artists, this month-long, three-day-a-week course will explore elements and technical aspects of hip hop lyricism as a means to harness creativity and personal expression through songwriting. You will learn and apply these lessons at your own pace under the guidance and mentorship of teaching artists who are actively working in the music industry with projects such as Fire in Little Africa and the World Culture Music Festival.

Engagement will be paramount, though sharing personal work is optional, and cooperative activities will be incorporated into lessons in a communal framework, with the main focus remaining on each individual student finding agency through full creative control of their own work.

This program is offered at no cost to students and families, thanks to The Opportunity Project’s Tulsa Youth SummerOpp Program Fund!

As a result of this course, you will be able to:

  • Construct a framework for your expressive voice through influences already meaningful to you.
  • Control the sound and feel of your own work through personal selection of instrumental tracks.
  • Identify song structure and count bars as a measure to fill specific parts of a written song.
  • Identify and manipulate flow (the syntax of a rhyme) and style of delivery.
  • Identify and apply metaphors/similes, setting up punchlines, and forms of wordplay as devices to employ in songwriting.
  • Utilize quiet time and self-reflection to facilitate an unaided writing process.
  • Utilize a common goal and complementary skill sets for collaborative writing process.
  • Utilize performance techniques provided to prepare for recording of songwriting in the final week of the course, during studio sessions organized and guided by the instructors.
  • A phone, tablet or laptop will be required to download instrumentals chosen by students for the purposes of their writing, and for possible recordings.

A smart phone, tablet, or laptop will be required to download instrumentals chosen by students for the purposes of their writing, and for possible recordings.

Session 1: June 8 – July 3
Tuesday and Thursday 4:30-6:30 + Saturday 10:30-12:30
Malone Community Center in Chamberlain Park
4940 N. Frankfort Avenue

Session 2: July 5 – 28
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 2-4pm
Phoenix Rising (Phoenix Rising/Street School students only)
3441 E. Archer Street

Session 3: July 12 – August 4
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 4:30-6:30pm
Lacy Park Community Center
2134 N. Madison Place

Session 4: July 13 – August 7
Tuesday and Thursday 4:30-6:30 + Saturday 10:30-12:30
Malone Community Center in Chamberlain Park
4940 N. Frankfort Avenue

Session 5: July 6 – 28
Monday through Thursday, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Memorial High School (Memorial High School students only)
5840 S. Hudson Avenue

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