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AIBU to be annoyed my DS will be getting "Beatboxing" music lessons at primary school

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OhLori Fri 11-Jan-13 16:14:29

Had a letter from son's school today. Apparently they will be getting "beatboxing" lessons from a specialist "beatboxing" teacher coming into teach his class. DS is 10.

For the uninitiated, beatboxing is that sort of spitting into cupped hands over a microphone thing, found in some rap/hip hop.

I just don't want my son to learn this rubbish at school, it does my head in when he occasionally does it in the house so the last thing I want is for it to be encouraged further by a 'professional' at school.

I am amazed that the school is financing this, but we live in a London inner city area, so I guess its seen as "cool" to waste taxpayers money on this crap.

Would I be unreasonable to have other appointments on that day e.g. doctors, or be sick? I don't think there is much point in giving my opinion to the school. They are not interested in parents' opinions.

This is a genuine AIBU post, I don't know what to do.

Pooka Fri 11-Jan-13 16:25:35

It's a bit like the whole graffiti/art argument.

The difference between tagging (which is just pure vandalism in my eyes) and full graffiti murals. Maybe what he's doing at home, untaught, is a bit like tagging, and the lessons will elevate his output to banksy level. wink

Mutt Fri 11-Jan-13 16:25:49

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OhLori Fri 11-Jan-13 16:26:10

Snob, don't know what music is, killjoy.

Obviously you know alot about me (*not*).

Anyway, I shall leave it there.

derekthehamster Fri 11-Jan-13 16:26:15

the vocal orchestra

Mutt Fri 11-Jan-13 16:27:07

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OhLori Fri 11-Jan-13 16:27:15

oops not that was meant to be.

InNeedOfBrandy Fri 11-Jan-13 16:28:58

Quick op hide, he'll be rapping to it next shock

You plonker

WifeofPie Fri 11-Jan-13 16:29:21

My boys would love this. I think it's great that schools are trying to add things that are modern and relevant; a lot of kids will really engage with this type of offering.


YokoUhOh Fri 11-Jan-13 16:29:50

YABU. I'm Head of Music in a secondary school and I teach beatboxing as part of a vocal music topic. It gets children thinking about how to use their voices, rhythm and metre, and how sounds can be representative, like in Programme Music (google 'kitchen diaries' by Beardyman). I would be horrified if music in schools was just about learning to play pieces on the keyboard, for example.

TravelinColour Fri 11-Jan-13 16:30:21

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OhLori Fri 11-Jan-13 16:30:53

How nasty with the insults. I'm gonna ask MNHQ to close/delete this thread and ask that no more additions are necessary.

InNeedOfBrandy Fri 11-Jan-13 16:32:51

MN don't delete threads just because you dont like the replies HTH

AThingInYourLife Fri 11-Jan-13 16:33:37

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ethelb Fri 11-Jan-13 16:34:21

we studied scat and jazz at about the same age in my trendy inner london borough.

ethelb Fri 11-Jan-13 16:34:54

sorry, my point was that it is a similar genre.

TravelinColour Fri 11-Jan-13 16:34:56

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Pooka Fri 11-Jan-13 16:36:35

I think the insults are probably because rather than just saying you hate it/it's a waste of time, you actually seemed in OP to be intending to remove your ds from the lessons entirely by fabricating sickness or medical appointments.

Which is truly unreasonable behaviour.

Why on earth do people ask for opinions on here if all they want is everyone to agree <sigh> you may be better off posting your outrage on FB where people are more likely to agree with you (to your face anyway).

hellsbellsmelons Fri 11-Jan-13 16:37:29

Yes of course YABU!!!
Your son will love it and will not like you at all if you make him miss it.
He's 10, it's what the like!
I don't consider Trad Jazz, music - but there are loads of people out there who love it.
We all have our opinions and if you don't like it that's fine, but don't punish your poor son.

schoolchauffeur Fri 11-Jan-13 16:37:31

My DDs school had a visit from The Magnets ( look them up on tube - a cappella singing with beat boxing) and did a beatbox workshop for the kids- all of whom then came to the gig later and enjoyed the a cappella style singing too so the beatboxing got them interested and they could see how it could be used alongside singing to get the full band effect.
AS the music pros on here have said it teaches children about using their voice, projection, rhythm and gives them performance confidence.
Let you DS enjoy it!

peeriebear Fri 11-Jan-13 16:38:43


OhLori Fri 11-Jan-13 16:38:58

No more personal insults please, I have asked MNHQ to delete this thread because of the nasty and disrespectful atitude of many of the posters. I hope they respect my wishes.

Nellysknickers Fri 11-Jan-13 16:38:58

I would be so excited if they did this at DS1's school, I would ask if I could go along too. YABU. and a bit ridiculous.

WhatchuTalkinBoutPhyllis Fri 11-Jan-13 16:39:22

I don't think you would receive the types of reply you have had your aibu not been so cats-bummingly uptight and ridiculous.

It's up there with 'I don't want my kids learning sex education in case they start having sex at lunch time'

Just whiffs of snobbishness if you ask me op.

DameFanny Fri 11-Jan-13 16:39:33

OP, don't take this the wrong way, but have you been on Mumsnet before?

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