What is the course about?
Are you an aspiring MC or beatboxer? Refine and develop freestyle (improvised) rapping and beatboxing skills with a weekly Sunday afternoon jam session. You will take part in groups and be supported and encouraged to take on roles as rappers, beatboxers and singers.
What will we cover?
• Improvised group beatboxing orchestra
• How to beatbox as a backing for rappers
• How to use your voice for sound effects and vocal scratches
• How to create and refine bass, snare and hi-hat sounds with the mouth
• How to improvise a rap to a beat
• How to tailor your raps to a given time slot.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• perform a beatbox drum pattern and with a tune
• rap a 16-bar verse of your own composition or by another artist
• take part in an improvised rap circle (cipher) as a rapper, beatboxer, singer or vo-cal instrumentalis
• understand how to start and end a rap verse
• interpret and take part in freestyle rap games between rappers
• use relevant websites and resources to support future output and practice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for anyone who wants to take part in the jam session. A good sense of keeping rhythm and tempo is essential.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through participation in the group circle, technique explanations from the tutor and where needed, some one to one guidance. There may also be homework including writing and learning a rap verse, with support from online resources such as websites and videos.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Drinking water, a recording device and comfortable, loose clothing. Unamplified instruments are also greatly encouraged.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a wide range of courses in Voice technique, Jazz and pop singing, Poetry writing, Clear Speech (DVP041) Song writing, as well as City Lit A Cappella choir for experienced pop singers.