Summer 2012 Applications Available Now!

Details and Applications for the Summer 2012 Knockstudy Program are now available at:  2012 Summer Session

Program Dates: Begins July 2nd and Ends Aug 10th

DJ Workshops: Learn how to scratch and mix with opportunities to DJ future events. Tues & Thurs 2:00 – 4:00pm

MC/Writing Workshops: Learn the technical and creative aspects of the art of rap and MCing. Tues & Thurs 4:00-6:00pm

Beat Making Workshops: Learn about the beat making process with specialized computer software and technical devices. Wed & Fri 4:00-6:00pm

Dance Workshops: Learn about popping and other elements of dance. Wed & Fri 4:00-6:00pm

Note: The applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The final deadline to apply is 5pm, Monday, June 25th. Final decision notifications will be released by 5pm, Saturday, June 30th.


  1. Luis Salinas says:

    I am interested in learning proper writing structure in regards to being an MC. This is something i really have some trouble in. I am willing to learn and get better.

  2. Joaquin Chaffardet says:

    hey! I’m from houston but I’m gonna be in LA for the time the workshop is happening. I would looooove to join the beatmaking workshops, even though I’m not from LA am I still elegible?

    • dlee says:

      Hi Joaquin, you are eligible if you are currently a high school student residing in the Los Angeles area. Check out some of the other responses for more details. There may be additional information there that can answer other questions you have. If not, feel free to contact us at

  3. Papi Carlos says:

    Hey, do we do both essay prompts? Or just one? Thanks!

  4. DavidL says:

    Hi, I had a question. What if I just graduated high school?

    • dlee says:

      Thanks for the question David. Due to the limited size of the program, Knockstudy is open only to high school students at the moment. However, we are trying to implement some sort of online portion to teach those that do not live in Los Angeles or are no longer in high school. Hope this helps. -DL

  5. Joshua Hsieh says:

    hey i’m pretty much interested in all these things, so i’ma be applying now.

  6. dani says:

    what if you have not had any recent experience with beat making BUT would love to start.. is the workshop for me or nah?

    • dlee says:

      Definitely – we start from the very basic concepts behind a beat, i.e., how to count music, layers of a song (bass line, drums, melody), the different components (verse, chorus, bridge), etc. We usually first teach the students about the equipment, and then making their own beats. Hope that helps. -DL

  7. Andrew says:

    I live in culver city. Is that still ok?

    • dlee says:

      Hi Andrew, we typically give preference to students that live in the Los Angeles area. Our partner in this program, the Bresee Community Center, aims to serve the nearby community first (as do we). However, in the past, we have had students from other areas attend. Ultimately, it will come down to availability and fit, so I do encourage you to apply. Hope that helps. -DL

  8. Monica says:

    So high school graduates class of 2012 don’t get to participate? So not fair :(

    • dlee says:

      Hi Monica, we understand your disappointment. Please note, however that we are currently assigning resources to record the Knockstudy classes and plan on making them available on YouTube to the general public. We plan on announcing the details in the next two weeks or so. -DL

  9. Roberto Pingkian says:

    I am not sure how to put a signature in the box for signatures, what can I do?

    • dlee says:

      Hi Roberto, simply type the person’s full name. Upon review, if you are selected for the program, we will ask to have the signatures re-signed or initialed.


  10. Chris Miller says:

    i would like to do the Writing and the dance classes, how could that happen???

  11. JJ says:

    If I live in LA but attend a high school outside of the city, would that be alright?

    • dlee says:

      Hi JJ, yes, you are eligible. Just to clarify my earlier response regarding location–we have a preference for students living in the Los Angeles area, but this is NOT a requirement. In other words, we give preference to those students who live in LA, but we accept students from other cities as well. We do this because our priority is to first serve the community we are in. Additionally, attendance is extremely important, and living outside of Los Angeles can pose challenging with the traffic/commute.


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