About the Artist
Khaiim Kelly is a performer of Hip-Hop, Spoken Word, Rap, and Poetry. The Rapoet does performances, lectures, and workshops at venues ranging from schools and colleges, receiving praise from poets like Alice Walker and MCs like Talib Kweli. Recently, he performed at Yale University, conducted Hartford Performs School workshops, Hartford Hip-Hop Festival rocked the International Hip-Hop Festival with KRS ONE, and enrolled a new class of students (for the 2010-2011 school year) in his RapOetry Workshop. His new album is “Manhattan Night” has been released. When not performing, recording, or teaching RapOetry classes, he offers one day RapOetry Workshops and Lectures.
4 sessions per class (and an optional recording session for exceptional students). During creation of a collaborative performance piece (in the genre of Rap/Hip-Hop/Spoken Word poetry) students increase awareness of how rhythm (the use of repetition, tempo, and order) is used to enhance poetry, music, and even communication between students and teachers. The content of the piece is either A. Original, B. Based on host teacher’s current subject, or C. Based on a famous work.
Day 1: Through creating a basic Hip-Hop beat, confidence in using a range of traditional and electronic sounds for composition is gained. Day 2: This experience is followed by a comparison of written, spoken, and written text, as students choose the most appropriate words for their message. Day 3: Students revise word placement and stress to increase their understanding of how meanings can be drastically altered through figurative language, puns, and poetic license. Day 4: Students will gain familiarity with vocal, facial, and physical performance cues while presenting a short recorded piece.
Differences among grade levels are as follows:
On Day 2, Grade 6 will focus more on varying sentence patterns, Grade 7 will focus more on removing redundant language, and Grade 8 will focus more on transitive versus intransitive verbs in expressing an active or passive activity. On Day 3, Grade 6 will focus more on homophones and word choice in puns, Grade 7 will focus more on alliteration, rhyme, and cacophony, and Grade 8 will focus more on defining messages through analogy and allusion.
OPTIONAL DAY 5: At the conclusion of Day 4, the RapOet along with the host teacher will determine whether any of the students have displayed talent worthy of recording and/or publishing. If so, the RapOet will guide selected students through a 90 minute audio or video recording session. This can be done either at the hosting school, or an off-site recording facility where students are chaperoned by a teacher, school assistant, parent, or the RapOet and his assistants, after being selected and submitting parental consent forms.
Core State Standards & Art Standard per Grade: Grade 6: Reading Standards for Literature: Craft and Structure # 4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Grade 6: Language Standards: Knowledge of Language # 3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
a. Vary sentence patterns for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.* b. Maintain consistency in style and tone.*
Grade 6: Music: Content Standard 4: Composition: Use a variety of traditional and nontraditional sound sources and electronic media when composing and arranging.
Grade 7: Reading Standards for Literature: Craft and Structure # 4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
Grade 7: Language Standards: Knowledge of Language # 3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
a. Choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely, recognizing and eliminating wordiness and redundancy.*
Grade 7: Music: Content Standard 4: Composition: Use a variety of traditional and nontraditional sound sources and electronic media when composing and arranging
Grade 8: Reading Standards for Literature: Craft and Structure # 4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Grade 8: Language Standards: Knowledge of Language # 3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
a. Use verbs in the active and passive voice and in the conditional and subjunctive mood to achieve particular effects (e.g., emphasizing the actor or the action; expressing uncertainty or describing a state contrary to fact).
Grade 8: Music: Content Standard 4: Composition: Use a variety of traditional and nontraditional sound sources and electronic media when composing and arranging
1-Day Workshops may be either A. an intensive version of the 4-Day Workshop, B. a selection from one of the four topics covered in the 4-Day Workshop, or C. A topic not usually covered in the 4-Day Workshop.
Creating a Hip-Hop Beat
Free-writing & Word Choice
Revising the Meaning of Words
Performing with More than Words
3 Types of Feedback: Students learn to Give, and Receive, the 3 main types of feedback Knowing Your Lyrics: Students learn to memorize works, through a set of fun activities
Motivation: Students learn four ways to motivate their audience (or their teacher!)
Is Rap an Art? Students explore the meaning of art, poetry, spoken word, and rap
B-Boying: learn moves from professional B-Boys, and how they relate to MCing
Teacher In-Service: Teachers learn the RapOet’s tips for incorporating expectations, checkpoints, patience, rewards, and rap performance psychology in managing classrooms
Lectures are geared for students and teachers who are already involved in the fields of Rap, Poetry, or making a living as a Professional Artist. They include less interaction at the beginning, and a more advanced Q&A session then permitted in the workshops. Topics may be either A. based on the 1-Day Workshops, B. based on the hosting teacher’s interest, or C. listed below.
Free-styling & Improvisation: explore improvisation in rapping, and in general
Merit vs. Credit: explore the nexus of showcasing, judging, and marketing talent
Promotional Tools: explore affordable ways to create, package, and sell your art
Battling: explore the often misunderstood purpose and tradition of rap battles
Feature the RapOet rapping, reciting poetry, or a mixture of both. Performances can be accompanied by B-Boying, Live Painting, Live Musicians, a DJ, an Open Mic, a
Workshop, a Lecture, and/or additional Lyricists
Call the office at 203-230-8101 for pricing.
Program Guide: RapOet