Professor DJ Dhundee is leading this pioneering music production class taught completely on the iPad2 using an app called Beat Maker 2. We are fortunate to be working with 20 gifted students at the East Side Community High School in the east village. The class so far has been incredible! The beats these high school students are making have been phenomenal, and Prof Dhundee is able to really draw out their talents while teaching them the fundamentals about musicproduction, hardware, song structure and how to carve out a voice and style with their beats.
Stay tuned. And look out Kanye! The new set of producers are already in your rearview!
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The Lavelle School for the Blind Beat Rockers gave a final performance at school to show off their newly acquired skills in front of all their friends, teachers, and parents. They were accompanied by Beat Rockers instructors Taylor McFerrin, Adam Matta, Chesney Snow, and special guest performers Kenny Muhammad and Masai Electro. The kids blew everyone away with their amazing performance! It was quite obvious to everyone that the they really learned a lot about making music and loved participating in the program.
However, we need support to continue providing the program for the kids! We’ve started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the next round of the program, where you can pledge your support and get great items in return, from official BEAT merchandise to rare, collectible autographed items. If we raise our goal of $7K, we’ll be able to continue the Beat Rockers program for the kids in the Spring. Anything over our goal goes towards future rounds of this and other BEAT programs. If we miss the mark, however, we don’t get anything.
Just check out the video spot we created using clips from classes and the final performance, and if so compelled, please donate and help spread the word!
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!