Our mission is to connect with each student’s passion for creation to inspire lifelong learners through the art of beatboxing
Two time World Beatbox Champion Kaila Mullady and American Beatbox Champion Mark Martin have teamed up to form Lightship, spreading the art of beatboxing all over the world. Beatboxing is the art of imitating and creating music and sound effects using only the human voice, and can be adapted for any style of music you can imagine. Originating in New York City during the early 80’s, it has since spread all over the world and become an international phenomenon. Lightship believes that beatboxing helps you find the power of your voice, building confidence to stand up for yourself and others. The first step to speaking up is making a sound. In a world of slashed budgets and cultural barriers, beatboxing requires no expensive equipment. All you need is your imagination.
With over 16 years of combined teaching experience, Kaila and Mark have trained under some of New York City’s top teaching artists. Kaila started her teaching career in 2012 under world renowned teaching artists Kid Lucky, Baba Israel, D-Cross and Yako 440. Kaila first promoted reading and writing through the Hip Hop Book club that taught song writing and story remixing in Libraries across New York City. Since then she has taught all over the world from the Bronx to Harvard and the United Nations. Mark Martín has been beatboxing throughout New York City since 2007, graduating from New York University in 2011, designing a major around the idea of beatbox as a language. There, he studied phonetics and created a system teaching beatboxing using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). While in NYC he taught with several different NYC based non-profit organizations. From 2011-2015, Mark was a leading member of the international theater group Voca People, where he taught workshops all over the world. Both Kaila and Mark teach private 1 on 1 lessons in person and over Skype, focusing on beatboxing, singing, vocal health, songwriting, battle technique, and self expression.
One of the most fulfilling parts of Lightships career has been teaching workshops and assemblies promoting reading, writing, finding your voice, and anti- bullying. Their work using beatboxing as a tool for speech therapy led to a partnership with New York University, which brought together students of various disciplines to design a class specifically to build tools for blind and handicapped students. Giving back to communities is an integral part of Lightship’s creative process which motivated them to take over producing the American Beatbox Championships in 2016, the largest platform for Beatboxers in North America.
Whether on stage in front of beatbox fans, in an auditorium speaking to students, or helping staff training at a corporate event, Lightship has seen the benefits of beatboxing and how it allows people to open up, work together and build listening skills, no matter what their musical skill level is. Lightship believes beatboxing is the perfect vehicle to allow audiences to come out of their shell and build confidence in their voice.
The Martin - Mullady Method
Champion beatboxers and teaching artists Kaila Mullady (World Champion 2015 & 2018) and Mark Martin (American Beatbox Champion 2016) came together in 2014 to create a method combining their passions for beatboxing, education, communication, and expression. Through years of experience teaching in a variety of different schools and environments, they developed a technique for growth, development, and expression based on what they call the 5 Pillars of Personal Development.
Self - Expression
Through self-expression we learn about ourselves, our wants, desires, likes and dislikes. This informs how we learn, and connects what we learn to our experience in a real and engaging way. Through Self-Expression we develop confidence. The more we express ourselves, the easier it is to express ourselves in difficult and pressing situations. Whether speaking up when there is a problem, stepping up to a bully, the first step is connecting to how you express yourself.
2. Confidence Building
We like to say that if you can make funny duck sounds in front of your peers, public speaking suddenly becomes much less frightening. Confidence building is a central aspect of our program, and through self expression we build social capital, which makes it easier to come forward and speak in front of your peers.
3. Emotional Intelligence
By knowing ourselves deeply, we are able to richly interact with the world around us, and understand how to work best with ourselves and others. This understanding helps students understand their own emotions and empathize more effectively with others, streamlining communication as well as reducing conflict. Through familiarizing and labeling our emotions, we develop effective strategies for navigating them rather than suppress them.
4. Dynamic Communication (Tool for Language Therapy)
Communication involves the transmission, receival, and processing of information. Our program uses beatboxing as a tool for speech therapy, both in how we transmit information (the sounds we use, articulation and flow of speech) as well as how we receive it (active listening). In addition to the sounds and words used, we also discuss their meaning, and how to communicate those ideas more effectively. Through these methods, students are able to open up and avoid misunderstandings, helping to resolve conflict and build trust. Since we are engaging these activities through play, we see a marked increase in participation, engagement, and retention.
More than just making music and sound, we wish to share the tools needed to become good and effective leaders. We believe that it is essential to encourage and develop these skills within our youth so that they can become leaders in their communities, communicating effectively with others in order to work together towards a common goal, or resolve a common conflict. Learning how to become a leader prepares us for the world beyond.