As part of our music lessons in Year 6, we have been learning about the ‘Old school hip hop’ style. The hip hop style includes a lot of rapping, in particular freestyle. We started by listening to Will Smith’s ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ song from 1990. Lots of the children recognised the song from the TV programme that ran from 1990 to 1996 starring Will Smith himself.
The children continued to then look at the lyrics to the rap while listening to the song and realised that it was a short story about his life. They had lots of questions about the geography behind the song, Where is West Philadelphia? Where is Bel Air? What is it like there? This really helped them understand the song a lot more.
The following week, the children recapped the song lyrics but started to add music to the instrumental parts of the song using the glockenspiels.
The children have really enjoyed the start of this topic, we will soon start to make a Year 6 band using a variety of different instruments to perform our song.