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

(255 Posts)
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.

ReallyTired Fri 11-Jan-13 16:41:09

I have to admit that I would not be impressed if my son did beatboxing as part of his wider opps. I suppose beatboxing is popular because it requires no instruments. In my opinon beat boxing is dance rather than music.

I am pleased that his school prefer to teach their ten year olds Ukulede or steel drums instead.

Keeping your child off school is an over reaction though since doing beatboxing won't kill him. Part of school is to broaden a child's horizons beyond what their parents think.

Moominsarehippos Fri 11-Jan-13 16:42:16

I'd hate it but DS would LOVE it. Not my cuppa tea but good for the kidlings, I'm sure. I'm an old fogey though. I am sure we had similar things when I was at school that my mum would have loathed.

EuroShagmore Fri 11-Jan-13 16:42:42

I think it sounds quite run and could be a valuable way to teach rhythm.

This thread is hilarious. A proper flounce thread. grin

TravelinColour Fri 11-Jan-13 16:43:10

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Viviennemary Fri 11-Jan-13 16:43:44

Can't see the harm. Though we certainly didn't have that sort of thing when I was at school. Clutches pearls. He'll probably enjoy it.

WhatchuTalkinBoutPhyllis Fri 11-Jan-13 16:45:07

Beatboxing is dance rather than music hmm

Not sure about that one.

Moominsarehippos Fri 11-Jan-13 16:45:44

As long as they aren't dropping maths to teach tiddlywinks, I trust the school's judgement in what they teach.

discorabbit Fri 11-Jan-13 16:45:45

op best not to post on aibu, you do just get insults, it's not the best part of my imo, you'd probably get more measured answers in one of the other topics.

mrsjay Fri 11-Jan-13 16:46:47

he could go all gangsta on yer ass or 'something' grin come on it is fun and it certainly is different to recorder or violin when play badly is like a strangled cat, It is modern and something your son would enjoy, just let him do it he will like it

Moominsarehippos Fri 11-Jan-13 16:49:30

Anyhoo, OP YABU but don't sweat it.

The kids will have a lot of fun, and get all enthusiastic about something 'cool' (or whatever the youngsters say these days) and that can't be a bad thing.

Have your earplugs ready. If you really dont want to encourage this, try it yourself and he won't want to do it.

mrsjay Fri 11-Jan-13 16:50:05

I just read on page 2 (which im still reading) that you want this thread deleted because of nasty comments I didnt read any some a bit sarky and funny but not nasty

Crinkle77 Fri 11-Jan-13 16:50:29

I disagree. If it gets them interested in music then so be it.

mrsjay Fri 11-Jan-13 16:50:46

beat boxing isn't dance how is it dance confused

jamdonut Fri 11-Jan-13 16:52:06

Its just another aspect of making music..it doesn't have to be with "proper" instruments. We do African drumming for most of a school year with a specialist percussion teacher(for year 4's).The first half a dozen lessons are about using the body as percussion,as well as learning what rythm,beat ,pulse and tone is,and also beginning to read music.

I am more concerned that you think that you have the right to make the decision on whether you child learns this or not! It is part of the school's curriculum, therefore that is what they will learn. Just because YOU feel it is not worth it,doesn't mean it isn't. And why would you want him to miss out,when all his friends will have done it? Don't you read the papers...boys need encouragement to engage in lessons. I would think this would do the trick.

Plus, I think the school would get wise to your child always being sick or at an appointment on the allotted day...

FunnysInLaJardin Fri 11-Jan-13 16:54:21

I'd be actually pleased if the DS's got the chance to do this, plus they would love it. I wouldn't want them practising for hours in my vicinity though, I can see how that might be a tad irritating

freddiefrog Fri 11-Jan-13 16:58:57

Not my cup of tea, but my eldest daughter's class did this last year and she loved every minute of it.

They had a day doing different workshops, beat boxing, street dancing, graffiti-style art, etc, etc and had an 'epic day' (her words)

mountaingirl Fri 11-Jan-13 16:59:04

I have seen Duke the beatbox band live (got through to judges houses on XFactor) a couple of years ago and they were absolutely brilliant.

op sorry but there are many things we as parents do not like that our dc do, just like our parents with us. You are being so very unreasonable to want to do that to your ds, especially knowing that he likes it. Poor little chap.

LizzieVereker Fri 11-Jan-13 17:01:32

YABU. It is a form of percussion, takes skill and will improve listening skills and concentration.

I don't think a thread should be deleted just because an OP doesn't like being disagreed with, comments above are a little snarky but not personal attacks.

You're doing the online equivalent of saying "it's my ball and none of you can play unless I say so".

ginhag Fri 11-Jan-13 17:20:57

I think people are being 'disrespectful' by daring to disagree with you because your OP really doesn't come across very well, homie.

Peace out.


ginhag Fri 11-Jan-13 17:22:31

Oh yeah, and the taking him out of school thing. You fo' real?

ginhag Fri 11-Jan-13 17:23:25

I am making beat box noises RIGHT NOW you know.

NewYearNewNagoo Fri 11-Jan-13 17:27:31

he he love this thread.

YABU. There's more to music than what you decide to like grin

mrsjay Fri 11-Jan-13 17:27:33

RESPECT ginhag

manormuppet Fri 11-Jan-13 17:34:13

Oh OP you are a funny on one....

BerryMojito Fri 11-Jan-13 17:34:18

derek - thanks for the link to the Vocal Orchestra, incredibly talented bunch of musicians!

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