Hip Hop Workshops & Residencies
Something from Nothing – A History of Hip Hop
From its origins in Latin, African, funk, and soul music, hip hop has grown into a worldwide phenomenon. But did you know that it all started in one neighborhood in the South Bronx? Corey will take students through the early history of hip hop and its four elements – MC-ing, DJ-ing, break dancing and graffiti – to inspire them with the possibilities of creating something positive out of nothing. This workshop features storytelling, rap performance, free-styling demonstration and activities that bring groups together to improvise beats verse or movement, adding in their own style and spin. This program is highly flexible an can be tailored to meet specific learning goals.
R.A.P. – Rhythm and Poetry
Students will learn the fundamentals of spoken word and rap as well as its connection to poetry. To the backdrop of hip hop instrumental beats, students will create their own verses on themes of their choice or that tie into classroom curriculum.
With the same foundation as the 3-session residency, student will go further in creating their own raps or spoken word pieces. After a series of exercises building teamwork and performance skills, this residency will culminate in a final performance by all participants.
For All Programs:
Target Grades: 4-12
Duration: 60 minutes
Note: Programs can be adapted to meet specific learning goals.
$125 per workshop,
Travel Fee: $100 per day
- Minimum of three workshops per day.
- For all residencies, a one-time planning fee of $125 will apply.
- Pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time
Corey DePina Requirements
Corey DePina is a skilled Rapper and workshop leader who hosts Boston’s largest and longest running all age open one mic event: Critical Breakdown. His work as a facilitator for local and national non profits and community centers has earned him numerous awards including the 2008 Good Neighbor Award from East Boston’s NOAH, the 2008 Community Leadership Award from Jamaica Plains Hyde Square Task Force, the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the 2014 Best Initiative, Best Youth Worker of the Year.