My name is rap… and I’m a fun game… that helps your kids… see that they’re the same!
New participants still getting to know one another? Everyone into hip-hop and rap? What better way to break the ice than to have them write and perform an original rap about themselves?! “Hi! My Name is…” is a classic name game icebreaker that helps participants express who they are and get to know one another all while learning rhythm/flow, lyric writing and the self-confidence to perform in front of each other.
Participants have to come up with a rap that describes who they are, what they like, etc.
Music program staff decide on the number of bars participants have to write (ie. 4, 8 or 12) depending on how much time you have
Participants individually spend 3-5 minutes writing or thinking of their lyrics
At the end of the designated lyric writing time, each participant performs their rap in front of the group
My name is Anne and I’m the Director Of New City Kids, yeah all 3 centers I love to sing, I love to play You can see me do both, any day
Optional elements to incorporate
Each participant chooses their own beat/instrumental online
Each participant creates one from scratch (using loops or beat making software)
Staff choose one backing track/beat for the whole group – see if everyone can perform their rap one right after another without missing a beat
Have participants also create choreography
Other creative elements could include:
Rap alias nicknames
Performing through a PA system on stage
Recording each rap in the studio
Create a music video
Have participants split up into pairs
Participants tell each other about their likes and interests
Each pair must write a rap about their partner based on the discussion
Participants perform for one another
Her name is Anne and she’s the Director Of New City Kids, yeah all 3 centers She loves to sing, She loves to play You can see her do both, any day
Dropmix – part game, part DJ mixer, part ear-trainer… ALL fun!
Dropmix is a new game from Harmonix (the makers of “Rock Band” video game) that lets participants create unique mixes of popular songs by using playing cards connected to an iPad or iPhone. Because it’s a fun game, music programs quickly realize that it’s a great way to engage participants but others have found other creative ways to use Dropmix to teach their participants core musical concepts. Below is some feedback from program directors using Dropmix and the clever ways they incorporate it into their programs.
– “Dropmix has been engaging participants who were typically on the fringe (ie. not very active). They had a lot of fun once they tried it and now I have participants coming to my program just to play!” – Eddie Salas, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County – “Dropmix is a good quick way to get participants in the room and engage them. It really helps me to transition them to other activities once they are here.” – Dustin Cicero, A. Worley Brown Boys & Girls Club – “It has been great for getting more kids involved that would normally just “hang out”. The game makes interacting with music a fun and non-intimidating activity. It’s also perfect for getting brand new participants involved, excited, and having fun as soon as they walk in.” – Alex Delorey, Methuen YMCA – “I was skeptical at first but it has been helpful with programming because it has been a draw for some kids who wouldn’t traditionally come into the music room. It feels less intimidating to play a game than learning an instrument.” – Chris Knox, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County
Example #2 – Bracket Competition
“I have the kids listen when they play a card and try to explain what they hear changing in the music before they play a new card.” –Submitted by Chris Knox, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County
Friday bracket competition
Play every Friday and be sure to plug the game into large speakers!
Set up a simple/traditional bracket system to play multiple games/rounds
The total number of participants who want to play will determine if the bracket will be made up of solo players or you need to create groups/teams of participants.
Whether individuals or groups – the standard rules apply
Each week the winner (or group) gets a small prize
Engage large groups
Assign one or two responsible group leaders who will hold all of the cards.
The group leaders prompt participants with questions like “what type of beat should come next?” or “how can we completely change the vibe of the song?”
Group leaders get the group to discuss what they are hearing and collaboratively agree on which card to play next.