Benchmarks for Hip-Hop Literacy – Poeticism and Literature

In this class, students will study the basic foundations to vocal rhythm (i.e. note stretching, rests, annunciation and syllable counting). Students will practice and enhance their mental capacity to construct complex multisyllable rhymes, through freestyle warm up exercises, and ice breakers. In addition to learning rhyme and rhythm, students will also learn to adopt key literary skills (such as hip-hop grammar structure, metaphors and descriptive writing) to compose music or poetry pieces that can later be performed publicly at a later date should the student feel at liberty or confidence to do so. The purpose of this class is to be a therapeutic outlet and/or an opportunity to hone skills for a possible passion career. There will be no grades for this program, but there will be a periodic survey review with feedback on the areas students would likely prefer to focus on.
We will focus on the pen and pad. This group will be free to focus on just writing and performing. If they truly feel they want the initiative, they can even submit their music for production and even shadow an engineer to see and learn second-hand on what goes on behind the scenes of a song production.
  • Understand the importance of community within Hip-Hop
  • Distinguish between sub-generes with in Hip-Hop, based on Beat and cross-decade.
  • Identify Major Influences of Hip-Hop and which of those shaped our personal favourite icons.
  • Assess and critique lyrics to dissect their meanings.
  • Identify root keys with in instrumentals, and which tone to deliver the verses
  • Maneuver basic music software such as FL studios, Logic, Pro-tools, Reason and what ever resources we have.


Rogers Rukeba

Rogers Rukeba

Rogers Rukeba is a local music teacher who is most notably known for his unique blend of ukulele and hip-hop compositions. He is an up-and-coming independent recording artist and has collaborated and performed with OVO Fest, U of T, Music BC, Music Alberta, JUNO's 2018 music week, Arts Council Wood Buffolo, Alberta Winter Games and the Multicultural Expo.

Rogers is recognized for earlier released singles such as "Canada Song", "Bloor and Yonge", "Warden", and more. As an elementary ...
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Session Duration Class Time Class Tuition  
2019-20 Spring
April to June
10 Weeks Mondays
7:15 - 8:45
Benchmarks for Hip-Hop Literacy – Poeticism and Literature $195 Register

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