- Students pick (or are assigned) a Shakespeare sonnet to rap and record in Soundtrap.
- Students begin by using loops to create a drum-based groove. More advanced students could also add bass, piano, or other instruments.
- As the groove is set up, students can see and hear that each line of sonnet should fit in one measure of music.
- To fit within expected norms of hip-hop music, the students should pick two lines to be repeated at the end so that the sonnet will be performed over 16 measures.
- To create interest, students could switch back and forth on each line or even get “guest artists” such as other teachers or principals to perform lines.
- To create additional interest, after all vocals are recorded, students should pick a measure or two to cut out to create a break. During this section, the drums and other instruments stop playing so the lyrics are emphasized.
- Use the split track tool (CMD+E) to split the tracks, then delete the instruments in the break.
- After the recording is done, students should export to a class website for sharing and/or perform live with the tracks in class.