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Hip-hop and rap classes to be taught in East Lancashire schools
RAPPING, urban art and beat-boxing are to be taught to students at two high schools in a project to develop ‘hip hop culture’.
The Urban Music Leaders project will take place at Sir John Thursby Community College, Burnley and Nelson’s Pendle Vale College this term.
Around 15 students will be selected to work with a number of hip hop artists, who will then mentor them during a half-term boot camp.
The project has won £16,400 from the National Lottery’s Youth Music Fund to develop culture in Burnley and Nelson The students will collaborate with those from the other school and the music leaders to hone the craft of writing and composing, beat-boxing, rhyming and turntablism.
It is hoped the results will be original spoken word or musical compositions.
From November until March the young people will then run their own after-school sessions for peers, teaching them skill in beat-boxing and rhyming.
They will receive guidance every second session from visiting music leader who gives tips and pointers on how to move the learning on.
Dr Stephanie Hawke, Mid Pennine arts programme manager for Creative Learning said, “We can’t wait to uncover the hidden talents of our local young people by giving them the chance to work with professional hip hop and urban artists.”
Among the artists expected to be involved Pen-Ultimate, a collective of poets, actors, MCs and playwrights and DJ Woody, who pioneered a host of ground-breaking scratch techniques and helped design the world’s first ever musical turntable.
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