WBL Hip-Hop Institute Class Descriptions


Building The Foundation (Adult DJ Classes)
Students participating in the DJ Class will learn the various aspects and practices under the umbrella of DJing, including production and related musicianship. Students will also learn methods of execution employed by DJs, producers, and musicians of other genres to enhance their experience and expand their artistic options. They will be trained in skills such as scratching, beat matching, blending, and performance skills (party style; b-boy dance; in conjunction with rap artist). Students will leave with the skills needed to perform live, and will be able to identify principal icons of different eras, demonstrate the knowledge of equipment and comprehension of technical and artistic vocabulary. They will be exposed to various careers and jobs that DJs can hold. Students will further gain comprehension of DJ history and the DJ’s role in the creation of hip-hop culture. Our courses are presented in a three-module, month-long system. After the first month, each month will add a new class with up to 6 different courses over a year. Each session consists of one two hour session for adults and an hour and a half for youth.
Students will attend 1 session per week over the span of three weeks for each course.
Saturday Academy (DJing for Youth 8-17)
Our Saturday Academy Class is designed for boys & girls ages 8 – 17 years old. Instructors will focus on a broad range of concepts, beginning with the most basic fundamentals of DJing. Individual attention is a key component of each two hour session, providing youth an opportunity to excel at a comfortable and fun pace.
(Parent/Guardian must be present for the duration of each class and waiver to be signed).

DJ CIPHERS:
(Both Youth and Adult Apprentice Students): The DJ Ciphers will take place in the hours between the Saturday Academy and the WBL Institute as a bridge between generations of aspiring DJs.

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Building The Foundation (Adult Graffiti Classes)
Students participating in the graffiti workshops will learn the various aspects, skills, styles, and background knowledge involved in the public art form of graffiti as an element of hip hop. Students will learn the basic history of public name writing and early forms of graffiti, and be challenged to think critically about the ethics, aesthetics, and legality surrounding the craft. Students will be provided instruction as well as the open space to practice and develop artistically on their own and in groups using a variety of mediums ranging from pencil and markers to paint pens and spray-paint. Classroom components include group and individual workspace for sketching and conceptual piece construction, lecture, group discussion, and a practice wall where students can hone their skills with the medium of spray-paint. Students will also potentially have the opportunity to be a part of public mural construction in the DC Metropolitan area and to showcase their work in gallery shows. Our courses are presented in a three-module, month-long system. After the first month, each month will add a new class with up to 6 different courses over a year. Each session consists of one two hour sessions for adults and an hour and a half for youth. Students will attend 1 sessions per week over the span of three weeks for each course.
Saturday Academy (Graffiti for Youth 8-17)
Our Saturday Academy Class is designed for boys & girls ages 8 – 17 years old. Instructors will focus on a broad range of concepts, beginning with the most basic fundamentals of DJing. Individual attention is a key component of each two hour session, providing youth an opportunity to excel at a comfortable and fun pace.
(Parent/Guardian must be present for the duration of each class and waiver to be signed).

Paint Jamming (Both Youth and Adult Apprentice Students)
Students will have access to the WBL practice wall and will be encouraged to spend the hour between classes on the wall experimenting with new styles, tools and colors. We want this to be a space where both the adult students and the youth students can engage each other in an intergenerational public art creation process.

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