Our BEAT Rockers program teaches beatboxing to all youth, but is particularly effective for people with physical and/or developmental disabilities or low vision. Rather than teaching students how to play an instrument, students become the instrument through their own voices and bodies.
We have proudly taught beatboxing to 1,000 students over a decade at the Lavelle School for the Blind in the Bronx, as well as other schools and community organizations that serve people with disabilities.
Students learn the basic elements of Beatboxing, such as a basic drum pattern consisting of a kick drum, snare drum, and high hat sound. Students will also learn how to put these three sounds together into percussive patterns of their own making.
The success of BEAT Rockers is through its accessibility and sustainability. Our program is:
- Culturally responsive
- Inclusive of Common Core State Standards (CCSS), National Core Arts Standards and NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts Benchmarks
Assessment is based on:
- Quantitative and qualitative assessments of student attitudes, behavior, and writing samples before and after they attend our programs.
- Participation rates of the students, feedback from the teachers and administrators, and through video/written testimonials from the students, site directors, principals, and educators.
- Improved articulation with words and sounds
- Enhanced communication skills to strengthen social interactions
- Boost in self-esteem
- Increased confidence in self-expression and voice
- Better attendance
- Greater problem solving, teamwork, empathy and critical thinking skills
While these lessons are not a replacement for clinical speech therapy, they are an interactive and fun way to take practicing to the next level!
Every child should enjoy music, and we believe beatboxing is a human instrument that can unlock the creative potential of our youth. Beatboxing is free and accessible regardless of one’s background, socioeconomic status, nationality or (dis)ability.
- Summer and afterschool programs
- Workshops (one time, series or residencies)
- Professional development and parent training
Please contact our Program Director, Brittany Wilson, with inquiries.