Every first Saturday of the month at 3pm, the Waverly Beat Club assembles in the public meeting room of the Waverly branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in beautiful Waverly, Baltimore. The program is facilitated by your truly, teaching artist MaxBent. The number of students has ranged from as few as 1 to as many as 10. The target age group is middle school and up, and adults are welcome, especially those adults who can contribute equipment and/or expertise in the area of music production.

Music production is quite a fluid term. I advocate a hands-on approach. We use computers, as well as a combination of different controllers and effects processors. As a beatboxer, I focus on leading students in creating beat-based compositions anchored by drums of one kind or another. We use microphones to record our voice, which is then processed in Ableton Live, our software of choice. We also study beat making, including drum and synth programming, arrangement and editing.

At the present moment we are only limited by our single production station. Students must work together and take turns in building the compositions. While this has proven valuable in learning team building skills and cooperation, I am hoping to expand my available equipment as soon as possible. If you are interested in contributing to the Waverly Beat Club in any way (time, money, etc.) please contact me at maxbentmusic@gmail.com

About The Author

Max is a professional beatboxer and teaching artist. He enjoys teaching and performing for audiences of all ages.