Week 4 & 5 Classes: Ableton Live Sessions

Taylor brought some of his toys into the classroom this week, and has been showing the kids how to make music on the fly using an innovative music production program called Ableton Live and a midi keyboard. We passed a mic around the room and the kids recorded some vocal sounds, and then Taylor looped and transformed the recordings into musical elements, creating a totally original track from scratch, live on the spot without skipping a beat. The kids, like us, were amazed at the final results.

Listen to some of the tracks that were made during class:

Week 3: Class 3 and 4 Feat. Kenny Muhammad

This week we had a special guest, Kenny Muhammad “The Human Orchestra,” come into class to share his incredible and unique beatboxing talent and inspiration with the class. His presence opened up a whole new opportunity for these students to collaborate with new sounds.

In Class 3, we heard Nurris jam with Kenny by providing “shaker” sounds and learning how to change up the rhythms and improvise on his own. Carlos, one of the younger students in Class 4, showed his skills on the piano and the bongo and even both at the same time!

Beat Rockers showcase at Reform School

Beat Rockers was invited to do a performance showcase at Reform School, an amazing project featuring high-profile art exhibitions, workshops, and parties aimed at driving awareness for educational reform, that took place during the weekend of Oct 22-24th.

We invited local beatboxing talent, Masai Electro and Chesney Snow (now teaching for Beat Rockers!), to perform at the event to kick off the program and raise visibility of the program.

 

Beat Breakers showcase at Reform School


Beat Breakers was invited to do a performance showcase at Reform School, an amazing project featuring high-profile art exhibitions, workshops, and parties aimed at driving awareness for educational reform, that took place during the weekend of Oct 22-24th.

Ken Swift, legendary b-boy icon and Head Instructor of the Beat Breakers program, gave a short introductory speech about the program and Beat Breakers instructor Waak and other members of the Breaks Kru demonstrated some of their finest moves on the schoolyard asphalt to kick off the program and raise visibility of the program.

http://reformschool.letsredu.com/2010/10/sunday-recap/

Beat Breakers in its second semester and introduces a second school, BSSWA!

We’re proud to announce that Beat Breakers is back in session at the Bronx Academy of Letters in its second semester, and has also added a new school to its roster, the Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists (BSSWA), where fifteen students have been accepted for the program!

We’re super excited to see how the continuing students expand on their skills, and how the new students take to the training. We’ll be tracking their progress so stay tuned for updates…

Week 2: Classes in Session [AUDIO]

Check out these audio clips from the second week of classes! One of the students, Taeshan, got on the keys and jammed with professors Taylor, Adam, and Chesney – first to a bluesy tune and then a fun little melody, with the whole class adding a little extra flavor on top. Taeshan has perfect pitch and can mimic almost anything he hears. Incredible.

Week 1: Sneak Listen at the first classes

Take a listen to some of the classes in session with the kids learning how to beatbox for the first time – some of the kids are natural beatboxers!