BEAT’s Virtual Programming is now available through live online platforms (ie. Zoom, WebEx, Instagram Live) and our instructional pre-recorded video series.
For over 10 years, we have been providing our programs in schools, community centers, and NYC public libraries -- including those that serve students with disabilities. We’re pleased to offer inclusive workshops that are accessible, socially responsive, and culturally relevant to accommodate remote learning.
Our roster of Teaching Artists are some of the most talented in their field and are trained to teach online learners of all ages and abilities.
BEAT uses Hip Hop as an art form to empower youth to be proud of their backgrounds and upbringings. Hip Hop is built on the values of peace, respect, and self-worth. Our workshops serve as a platform to promote artistic dialogue and a safe space where the youth can express their unique voices without judgment or fear.
This program is particularly effective for people with physical and/or developmental disabilities or low vision.
Students will 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.
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!
*Our Pre-Recorded BEAT Rockers Beatboxing Lessons are available for participants who are unable to meet virtually to participate in a live workshop. Each lesson will focus on a specific letter or sound that your learner may have difficulty with on a daily basis. To view a clip from a Pre-Recorded Rockers Lesson, click here.
This program is particularly effective for high school students.
Students will learn how to collectively brainstorm ideas and lyrics based on a theme, as well as how to individually write original rhymes and verses. Each student will then virtually perform their verses, followed by a round of constructive criticism and feedback from their peers (that can also be shared via the chatbox). Students will learn the basics of freestyle etiquette - such as choosing a theme, structuring a one-by-one share, and structuring an 8 bar-freestyle for their peers.
To view a clip from a Virtual Explorers Workshop, click here.
This program is particularly effective for younger students, from K-12.
Students will learn breakin’ (breakdancing) and street dance fundamentals, while also learning how the rigorous physical activity rooted in Hip Hop can have positive impacts on their health and wellness.
To view a clip from a Virtual Breakers Workshop, click here.
This program is particularly effective for middle and high school students.
Students will learn how to draw symbols and characters related to Hip Hop Cultural Art. They will gain a foundational understanding of “Graf Writing” & Aerosol Art Culture, as well as clear instruction on how to create basic letter styles and techniques.
At the end of each session, students will share their artwork with the class and offer each other feedback on how they can improve.
Please click here for a PDF of our virtual offerings.