With over 12 years of experience teaching adults as well as years of experience performing and promoting events in the Pittsburgh hip-hop community, I have decided to bring hip-hop to a new forum.

As co-owner of the Proud To Be Local event series and co-founder of the Pittsburgh Underground Music Awards (www.pghundergroundmusicawards.com), I have come to realize that demographic of hip-hop lovers is extremely diverse! A good number of people are interested in taking part in the art of hip-hop, but may not be sure how to go about doing so.

The purpose of this workshop series is to educate anyone interested in learning the history and various aspects of hip-hop. While there is much more to hip-hop than what is presented in this series, a foundation will be provided for the attendees to nurture their interest, continue to learn more, and even become more involved in the local hip-hop scene. THIS WORKSHOP IS INTENDED FOR THOSE AGE 21+. Future workshops may be offered for younger participants. If you or someone is interested in this workshop series for those under 21, please send an email to hollyhood156@gmail.com to receive information about future events.

Students will be encouraged to create, record, and perform [optional] a song developed under the guidance of workshop mentors. Songs will be compiled into a downloadable mixtape.

The advance pay cost of the series is $160 (otherwise, $20 per session, based on availability). Only 12 seats are available. DON’T WAIT TO SECURE YOUR SEAT!

Use this link to register: http://hiphop101.brownpapertickets.com/

This workshop is divided into 10 sessions. The schedule* and topic outline is listed below.

Session 1 Tues 4/1 7-9pm
This session will include an introduction to the overall series, cover a brief history, the 4 elements (or pillars), and discuss different genres/types of hip-hop.

Session 2 Tues 4/8 7-9pm
This session will cover an intro to rapping, discussion of the difference between poetry/spoken word & rap, topic development, rhyme & rhythm, counting bars, and an intro mentors.

Session 3 Tues 4/15 7-9pm
This session will cover an intro to the local hip-hop scene, & the art of storytelling. Work with mentors will continue.

Session 4 Tues 4/22 7-9pm
This session will cover the business of hip-hop, and wordplay & freestyle. Work with mentors will continue.

Session 5 Tues 4/29 7-9pm
This session will cover the importance of the hip-hop DJ and the art of DJ’ing. Students will have a chance to practice the skills they have learned on an actual turntable.

Session 6 Tues 5/6 7-9pm
This session will introduce students to break dancing. Students will practice basic break dancing techniques under the guidance of a hip-hop dance guest instructor.

Session 7 Tues 5/13 7-9pm
This session will cover hip-hop & the media, and graffiti & urban art. Students will have a chance to create their own tag.

Session 8 Tues 5/20 7-9pm
This session will cover stage presence. Students will practice their performance and work with mentors.

Session 9 Tues 5/27 7-9pm
This session will cover women in hip-hop. Students will have a chance to practice their performance and work with mentors.

Session 10 Sat 5/31 7-11pm [optional] Students will have a chance to display what they’ve learned for their friends, family, fans, and others in the hip-hop community through a live performance.

*Schedule and topics may be changed as necessary.

Anyone interested in advertising their services (hip-hop related) should email hollyhood156@gmail.com to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

SIGNUP: http://hiphop101.brownpapertickets.com