There aren't too many schools for rapping that I know of. I learned the way most people learn: on the streets of the city they live in. I've listened heavily to records across Hip-Hop history and I practice MCing regularly as part of my work as a song improviser. I combine techniques from Classical Poetry to modern vocabulary to raise the ceiling on what is possible for an MC.
Things you can expect in rap lessons from me...
-Freestyle: we'll build your confidence and toolset for off-the-top rhyming -Verse-writing: I'll examine your verses and teach you to refine the writing and delivery to help you reach your audience -Music Theory: most rappers don't even consider this, but I emphasize understanding music and knowing how to improve your technique and writing through deep understanding of poetry and music theory -Career Advice: I make sure you get the most bang for your buck when you study rap with me
I studied music therapy and music theory at Temple University from '06-'10. Learned a lot. Then again, I learned even more teaching at a school for kids with learning disabilities and working as a traveling street performer. Once you see the world and work with some unexpected challenges, you learn how to open up and knuckle down at the same time!
I am currently a full-time YouTube Creator, sidelining in cover bands and a solo act. Teaching is a big part of what I do online so I see my work as a private teacher as 'research' for the lessons I create. Although I'm firmly grounded in a classical music training, there's nothing you can ask about that I won't try to figure out. My favorite thing about teaching is using unexpected questions to develop new ideas that I then integrate into my original compositions. Check out my intro to the B
lues Raga video if you want to hear a good story about what I mean.
Recently I've had several articles published by the TakeLessons Blog. Check out my most recent post here. http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-play-acoustic-guitar-like-john-mayer-z01
We can make you sound like a star!!!! RAP, HIPHOP, TRAP, R&B, DANCE & POP are our specialties. We can help you like the styles of Future, Migos, Rick Ross, Eminem, Cardi B, down to Beyonce, Drake, Chris Brown, Usher etc. We can make turn up music, we can make relaxing music, we can make songs with verses that include a lot of wordplay, complex bars and we can make music that make people move.
I have over 15 years of experience in the music industry. I have written over 1000's songs. I have worked with all types of artists from the beginning stages to the expert level. I work hard on helping all of my clients achieve their goals no matter how hard it might be.
Bernard was awesome! So knowledgeable and so passionate about teaching. I was amazed at his wealth of knowledge. Thank Bernard!
October 3, 2019
Bernard was awesome! So knowledgeable and so passionate about teaching. I was impressed by how much he really wanted me to "get it." And, WOW.... that guy can hear the intricacies of a rap song after ONE listen through.
Probably seems a bit far-fetched, but I am a highly studied rapper who runs my own hip-hop collective.
I write rhymes, produce beats, and bring my conservatory style academic learning to hip-hop. If you want to learn the culture, the rhyme schemes, the science to making hip-hop music if you will, I'm your guy.
It won't be some abstract "na man that don't feel right" type of vague, get you no where lesson. It will be very concrete, defined lessons, to give you the freedom to write dope rhymes and say them in a variety of different styles/feels/and grooves.
I'm 25 and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a degree in Jazz Guitar performance. I currently work full-time as a freelance musician, I play in wedding/corporate bands, jazz groups, hip-hop bands, funk bands, pop bands, original music projects, and I also run a hip-hop/jazz group. I'm a funny, easy-going guy and I want lessons to be fun and inspiring. With that being said I definitely like to set and accomplish realistic goals with my students, cause why not be the best you can be, right?
My teaching style follows the "Music is Easy" mantra. Basically, I look at it as my job to take the intimidation factor out of music, and let it be what it should be, FUN! It's not to say we won't be learning theory, or getting our skills together, but it is to say that we'll be taking all the fancy lingo and breaking it dow
n for you in concrete practical ways.
In terms of what I teach that really runs the gambit, I teach most styles of contemporary guitar playing, and additionally can teach voice as well. I also have taken extensive marketing classes at the University of Rochester, which means that I can offer some key advise on music business and marketing strategies for your band. I also run my own booking agency, so if you want to talk shop on how to get gigs, which avenues of gigs make the most bread, and other things of that nature, I'm your guy as well!
Hope to hear from you and start some fun learning together!
Blake is a great instructor. He made me feel comfortable and relaxed right away. He went at the pace I needed (glacial) and encouraged me every step of the way. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
March 12, 2019
Blake is a seasoned musician with experience in just about every genre imaginable. Whether it's technique, harmony, theory or aural skills, he can explain any seemingly difficult idea in a concise, logical way. With all the knowledge of a conservatory trained guitarist and gigging musician, he's a down to earth teacher who simply loves music and is passionate about sharing it with his students.
March 11, 2019
Blake is a dedicated teacher who helped me improve right away! I wasn't at all sure what I wanted (or needed) to work on next but he picked up right away what was best for me. So grateful to have worked with him.
✨8 years of songwriting experience. (ALL GENRES)✨(All ages/gender welcome) If you're dreaming of your songs being broadcasted on all platforms, contact me so we can bring that dream to life!
I'm a female MC that cherishes the craft, of epic poetry in fluid motion. I am the multidimensional artist. Jay-Z: The billionaire lyrical genius HIMSELF called me personally, to give me praise on my musical talent. Once you're my student, I will thoroughly teach you to incorporate metaphors, storylines and hidden knowledge while songwriting. Drowned in underlying messages and deeper meanings, epiphanies and proverbs. I will show you how to reinvent perspective constantly. I will expand your musical horizons, with refreshing material and process. I want to help you grow into the best and most creative version of yourself! Book today, Namaste 💚
Hello beloveds! I hope you're having a wonderful day so far. As an artist, everyday I am searching for new inspiration and new ideas, because beauty is everywhere. I break down barriers, that allow my upmost creativity and imagination to run rampant. Without limits, in it's healthiest form. I spend hours putting pen to paper. I spend my free time, listening to instrumentals and recording lyrics.
Students can expect to be able to produce multidimensional material and a variety of composition. Experience an in depth explanation of rythme and how to write according to emotion and beat. I teach the art of creation based on soundwaves, and fluid motion. I can teach you how to write your own song from scratch just based off of the beat!
I have been rapping for ten plus years have charted on Itunes at 12# with Chris rivers and Sadat X and have recorded with multiple multi platinum rappers. I wish to pass what I have learned on. Not only about the art of rap or its history but about the industry as well. I can give you some insights on record deals (ive signed a few not all of them so good) . I would love to meet you.
I am an award winning artist who has worked with multiple multi platinum artist, as well as rubbed shoulders with some of the most accomplished musicians in Dallas Fortworth. I have charted on the Itunes chart at 12#.
I want to connect with my students. I think the industry is about who you know and thus networking and learning about what individuals need and expect is paramount. I would also love to talk about the contract side of the rapgame. as the business is the thing that will make you or break you. The music world is a long game not a short one and those who don't stretch before the race starts will cramp up.
I am best suited for beginers who want to learn how to rap and those who are working on their first projects. There seems to be a art to ordering an album and placement of vocals that makes or breaks it for people.
y favorite artists? Notorious B.I.G.,Big Daddy Kane, Eminem,Ludacris,2pac,AZ,Kool G Raps,Loose Ends
I am an experienced rap/hip hop artist manager, samples of work are available upon request. I am first and foremost a writer and will teach you a step by step process of both writing and rhyming.
I have a unique teaching style that I perfected during my 10 years with New York City public schools with a focus on building comfortable relationships that ensure students the best learning experience. I teach from a variety of perspectives in order to give students a realistic well rounded view of historical events and societal issues.
I am a vocalist, therefore, I can develop my tone to a specific rhythm or pattern.
I have a bachelor's in Biology from the City University. My talents excel from the performing arts to knitting. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Even small questions can make a change in your grade. Sometimes we need to ask our selves where our direction is in life and therefore I can give an explanation to these ideas.
"Bernard taught my son how to rap and he hasn't looked back since. Thank you!"
"My little girl plays the piano and also raps with Fawn. Fawn is so amazing! We all love Fawn and she has been a great thing for my daughter. Her rapping
is now on point and her piano playing is getting better very quickly!"
"Prophet is just that. A prophet spitting gods bars and teaching in the process. In all honesty, he is a student and master of music, lyrics, and beats, an
d I will exclusively work with him because of how effective he is. If you need science, he has it. If you need feel, he's got soul. 10/10."
"Bernard is the man!! Not only is he super chill and easy to work with, but he helped me with all aspects of my music. When I started working with him I wa
s very new to rapping and only had lyrics (not even written to a beat). He helped me with my flow, rhythm, writing to a beat, voice, breathing and his creativity was apparent from day 1. Can’t say enough about how much he helped me develop as an artist."
"Fawn is the one! I'm always funnin' with her and say "Fawn is the one who gets things done!" But it's the truth. Fawn is educated, talented and passionate
about music and all of us who do it/want it as a career. She isn't just a teacher, she's a career builder. She is attentive to my goals and goes above and beyond to help support my learning and capabilities, pushing me beyond what I thought possible. Yep. Fawn is the ONE who gets things DONE!"
"Prophet is very talented! He taught me how to write songs and how to rap very well!"
"Prophet was real helpful! Well worth the money. Dude dropped some heavy knowledge on me that really related to where I'm at with my music. Whatever leve
l you're on he'll be able to get a feel for that and give you info that will help you improve what you got."
"My son really enjoyed his first rap lesson and is looking forward to continuing on!"