Our 4th and 5th graders are preparing to begin a Unit on Rap Music as a part of our study of various styles of music. Together we will explore the genre of Rap from a musical perspective – using it as a jumping off point to write, compose, rehearse, and perform original compositions. I use the Quaver Curriculum and QuaverMusic.com in my classroom, so we’ll be using all original Quaver songs and tracks throughout the project. We won’t be listening to any inappropriate or demeaning songs, but will talk about the form, dynamics, tempo, beat, and variation of Rap music as we work together to create our own simple rap songs to perform for others. I believe this unit is a great vehicle for getting kids engaged in composition, rehearsal, and performance, and I can’t wait to share the final product with you. If you have any specific questions about the unit, or anything we cover in music class, please don’t hesitate to ask.