Beatboxing

Beatboxing

There are two videos to choose from to learn about Beatboxing.

The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!

You may see a number of other videos that are a deeper dive into things you might be interested in. Feel free to watch as many of those as you like. Then choose some activities and/or a project.

High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with one of the advanced learning projects in the Projects section. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to test your understanding by taking the quiz.

Take A Deeper Dive!

Activities

Basic Beatbox Patterns for Beginners

This tutorial is going to show you the basic beats for beatboxing. Follow along with the instructor as she teaches you the “BTK” beats and you’ll be on your way to beatboxing.

Practice the two beat patterns and when you think you’ve mastered your first beatboxing lesson, take a video of yourself performing.

Have FUN!

Don’t forget to upload the video to your portfolio.

Can you Beatbox and Breakdance Like Elmo?

In this video Elmo and Maya are going to teach you how to beatbox and dance the robot. That’s right, Elmo is a beatboxer!

So go ahead, dance the Robot, and beatbox along with Elmo…

Have FUN!

After you’re feeling confident in your new skills, make a video of yourself and remember to upload the final in your portfolio.

Learn How to Make the Beatbox Cough Snare, Zipper and Outward Lip Bass Sounds

In this video, you’ll watch NaPoM demonstrate some beatboxing sounds called the Cough Snare, the Zipper and the Outward Lip Bass.

The instructor will tell you all about the techniques, so listen and learn. After a lot of practice, you’ll be much better at beatboxing.

When you’re ready, make a video of yourself performing the sounds of the Cough Snare, the Zipper and Outward Lip Bass. 

Have FUN!

Don’t forget to upload the video to your portfolio.

Projects

The Science of Beatboxing

Many researchers are studying the science of beatboxing, including studying brain function and anatomy.

You can also watch this video introducing Dr. Narayanan’s work on the acoustics of beatboxing at his lab at the University of Southern California. You can see their MRI videos of various beatboxing sounds here and use this tool to compare two sounds directly. 

Why is this an area of interest to researchers? What can we learn from this type of research? 

What other topics of research would increase our understanding of the science of beatboxing? Lung capacity? Aptitude for learning languages? How do throat movements or brain regions compare to an operatic singer? 

Your project is to design an experiment to learn something about beatboxing. Since this is a theoretical exercise, you’re not limited by your equipment! Think about what you’d like to learn about the science of beatboxing, create a hypothesis, and design an experiment to test your hypothesis. 

If you are not familiar with the scientific method, you can watch this video.

Download and print this template from montgomeryschoolsmd.org to describe your experiment.

Save your experimental design to your portfolio.

Can You Do the Water Drop for Beatboxing?

There are so many sounds you can make beatboxing, but it’s going to take a lot of practice!

In this video, you’re going to learn how to make the perfect “water drop” sound for beatboxing.

Don’t hold back — show us what you’ve got!

When you think you’ve mastered the Water Drop, make a video of yourself performing. If you’ve got other beatbox sounds you want to add in, go ahead!

 Have FUN!

Don’t forget to upload the video to your portfolio.

Advanced Project

The evolution and influence of beatboxing

While vocal percussion has been a part of many cultures in human history, beatboxing in its modern form started in New York City in the 1970s. Since then, it has become its own evolving art form. 

Watch the above videos on the history and influence of beatboxing. 

Create a multimedia timeline of the history of beatboxing. You can use Google Sides to create a digital timeline.

Include video clips and images of significant artists in history on your timeline. To embed a video in Google Slides, you can go to the Insert menu and select Video.

Where will you start your timeline? Where do you see the future of beatboxing going?

Include your timeline in your portfolio.

Books

Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library.