Every Wednesday we have a new #MidweekMusic activity for you to do at home or in school. You’ll find all the help and resources you need by clicking the tabs below, and you can share your responses with us too! This week we continue our second Cumbria Sings collaboration with the song Wish from Sing Up.
Cumbria Sings: Write your own Rap
This week we continue to focus on our second Cumbria Sings song, Wish. We will feature a Rap at the start of our video and we’d like you to help; sharing your own wishes for next term and a better Summer ahead, as well as all our hopes and dreams for the future.
The Main Activity shows you exactly how to do this. Remember to record your performance and upload your Rap by 30 April so that we can choose our favourites to star at the start of the video.
Extension 2 will help you to record exactly what we need.
In Extension 1 we recap all the other activities you can do to get involved. Don’t forget that you will need to register with us to access the free Sing Up song resource if you haven’t already.Register Here
When we are learning to Rap it is really important that we articulate our words quickly and clearly. Try out some of these Tongue Twisters:
Try saying these tongue twisters rhythmically to a strong pulse that you can hear and feel.
Use Mr Haythornthwaite’s Ableton.com music video from the Making Music with Ableton Activity:
Or you could try Ken and Barbie’s BeatBox (from Sing Up)
Split the class into 3 groups, practice the backings then say along with the performance track.
We want to compose a Rap for the start of our video – you can submit your contribution as an individual, a group or a class.
Watch Mrs Kenyon’s video which explains how to create a rap and shows how you can write your own rap for our song Wish.
- Begin by writing a rap using your name, if it rhymes well. If yours doesn’t rhyme, then try with your nickname, a family name or a name you like
- Go through every letter of the alphabet to find words that rhyme with your chosen name
- Have a go at putting together four lines of a rap, with 2 sets of 2 rhyming lines
- Once you’ve written your rap then practice it. Be careful with the timing of your words ensuring that the rhyming words are in the right place
- Record your rap into a mobile device, pc or on music creation software
- Add a drum loop using GarageBand, Soundtrap or by using a free online drum machine
- Practice, perform &record again with the drum loop
- Go through the same process for the rap for our Wish song (find rhymes for words you want to use for your wishes).
- Use the backing track to record your rap (please use headphones so we can just hear your rap)
- Have fun & good luck
The song is about wishes and dreams. Write down what you would wish for. It could be about something global like reducing plastic waste, cleaning our seas and oceans, or something just for you and your family, such as meeting with friends and family again, going on holiday or playing football in a competition. Discuss your wishes for the future with your family or class.
How to take part
A class can submit the whole version of everyone performing the same thing from the list below.
Groups of children/families/individuals can submit different activities from the list below:
- Singing (either just one of the three parts, two parts or all three), on your own or as a class
- Record a few loops of the Bass line
- Or a few loops of the Riff
- All of the verses (a complete version of the song- see notes below on recording)
- Your own Rap (See Main activity)
- Signing (if you already know how to do Makaton or BSL, and can produce a signed version of the song, we would love to include it).
- Playing an instrumental part (see link below), as a class or small group or individual. (Your Class or Music Service teachers can help you with this).
- Playing tuned percussion (Glocks, Boomwhackers), or drumming as a class
- Creating Body percussion patterns to accompany the song.
We look forward to seeing your submissions before 30 April. The video launch will be before half term.
Listen to this inspirational cover song from the Children’s One Voice Choir “See You Again” (Charlie Puth, Wiz Khalifa),
Or their performance Cover version of Pink’s “What about us”