Some of our favorite bands have performed on the Spotify Sessions stage, including A Great Big World, Lykke Li, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Last week, 10 students from The East Side Community School in NYC took the same stage to perform their own original works.
These students are a part of a local program called BEAT Rhymers, which helps schools provide students with opportunities to explore creative writing, beatboxing and making music. And while students learn skills to make them better artists, they also build confidence through performances and by developing a support system within the program. Our Spotify office was pumped to be their audience for the afternoon.
“What an amazing and rare opportunity our students from the BEAT Rhymers program had to perform at the NYC Spotify office for staff and friends. Each student blessed the stage with his/her own raps, rhymes, poems and beats displaying the skills learned in the program. Conversely, the wonderful staff at Spotify blessed the students with a panel and Q&A discussion outlining the music industry and the individual hustle it takes to make it in the business. It was an incredible afternoon full of music, fellowship and creative bonding,” said James Kim, founder of the BEAT program.
Learn more about BEAT program and the East Side Community School, and tell us what you think below.
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Our mission at Bridging Education & Art Together (B.E.A.T.) is to make a transformative difference in the lives of NYC’s under-served youth through exciting and culturally relevant music, dance and writing programs which include beatboxing, B-boying/B-girling (breakdance), music production/composition, and creative writing.
By engaging, retaining, challenging and teaching life-skills to the students in our programs through music, writing and dance, B.E.A.T. aims to help mold a new generation of leaders and creative thinkers who themselves will inspire and impact the generations to follow.
Presently B.E.A.T. provides four free programs servicing middle and high school students in NYC.
Beat Rockers, a beatboxing program for blind and visually impaired students at the Lavelle School for the Blind in the Bronx with Head Instructor, Taylor McFerrin and Instructors Chesney Snow and Beatsmyth
Beat Breakers, an after-school Bboy/Bgirl (breakdance) program currently offered at the Taylor Wythe Homes (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) with Director Ken Swift and Bboy WaAak1
Beat Makers, an after-school music production, career development and song composition program offered at the Eastside Community High School in Manhattan with Head Instructor DJ Dhundee
Beat Rhymers, an after-school creative writing, poetry, spoken-word, self-expression and music composition class taught by world-class MC and producer, Why.
About The East Side Community School
The East Side Community School is small 6-12th grade college preparatory school located on the Lower East Side. We set high standards for each of our students and help them meet these standards by providing personal attention, a safe and respectful environment, a strong sense of community, and curricula that is both challenging and engaging. Students, staff, families and community members all see themselves as part of a team whose main goal is the success of every individual student. The goal of the school is to create a community of highly skilled students, lifetime learners and critical thinkers who, upon graduation, will be prepared to go to college and enter the work world. Through programs like BEAT, we strive to help every student find their passion and develop their talents.