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WELCOME TO RAP CLUB

A UNIQUE, PROGRESSIVE APPROACH TO MODERN MUSIC EDUCATION

I’m still on such a high from Rap Club and I can’t get those incredible young people out of my head.
— Ndidi Okezie - Teach First Executive Director
 
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To produce such excellence in original composition at such an early age shows true creative ability.
— Catherine Gilling - Director of Rhythm on the River Festival
 
 

RAP CLUB - championed as an enabler of social mobility by Teach First and TES and featured on BBC NEWS - is a unique approach to modern music education that can be thoroughly embedded within school curriculums and extra-curricular projects. Founded by Benjamin Turner, the project originally formed as a means of engaging disadvantaged young people from challenging circumstances (often on the fringes of violent cultures) who now use their passion, ambition and talent for music to share and shape their own positive narratives/aspirations. Core to this is the RAP CLUB Curriculum - embedded throughout our programmes - alongside the vital sense of family/community members experience within the group.

Within two years, RAP CLUB projects have performed twice in Wembley Arena (once to an audience of 10,000), Royal Albert Hall, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Assembly Hall etc. in addition to featuring on BBC LONDON NEWS, and a performance with Arcade Fire on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. RAP CLUB has also been featured by national education paper School’s Week and the Camden New Journal for the impact of the programme on school behaviour. There are now multiple RAP CLUBs set up across London, with a more in development. All RAP CLUBs come together as part of our annual Rap Club Conference. Our main bases are in Croydon and Camden.

Alumni of RAP CLUB form the KINGDOM group. The RAP CLUB educational programme is available for Schools/educators (contact us for more details).

 

 
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The RAP CLUB EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME puts performance and composition at the core in developing excellence in musicianship for young people. This is embedded within the Rap Club Curriculum (available to schools/educators delivering the programme) and the 6 “Rap Club Rules”. Whilst Rap is core to the project, all instrumental specialisms/modern genres are welcome for exploration within Rap Club. Pupils are encouraged to be thoroughly original in their approach to music whilst being mentored to engage positively in their own communities and narratives.

A core goal of Rap Club is “to provide a positive, high-quality and engaging alternative to negative/violent youth cultures and music, through both music and community”.

Schools/educators leading their own affiliated Rap Club projects are supported in their provision and invited to attend the annual Rap Club Conference. This is where Rap Clubs come together to share their music and engage in friendly competition (including Drum Offs and Rap Battles). If you are interested in supporting the project or starting your own, please contact us for more details.

 

KINGDOM perform at Wembley Arena infront of 10,000 as part of the Rap Club programme, July 2018.

Rap Club performance at TeachFirst Impact Conference, Wembley Arena, October 2017.

TeachFirst video featuring the original Rap Club from Croydon, September 2018.

Rap Club perform alongside Donkey Zoo at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, May 2018.


RAP CLUB are always looking to expand. Please contact us if you are interested in supporting us and/or joining our programme as a participant, educator or education establishment.