Practicing the classic "Boots and Cats" while taking out the vowels is a great first step into learning how to beatbox. Other sounds that are beneficial to try are fricatives and plosives. "Bp" is a base drum, dentalized "t" is a timpani, and "Kpf" is a snare drum. Just keep practicing your "Boots and Cats" exercises and you will be a great beatboxer in no time!
Dr. Reddan also mentioned that vocal percussion can improve students' rhythmic understanding and improvisation skills. The first steps towards getting involved with a cappella are as follows: seeing how many students are interested, working with jazz/show choirs, trying to arrange your own work, and inquiring resources in your community. One of many great organizations to check out is CASA, the Contemporary A Cappella Society. Arrangements by Deke Sharon and Dylan Bell are great sources to come up with ideas for your A Cappella groups as well. A Cappella is choral singing from a different point of view, it can provide solo opportunities that generate a sense of independence in each vocal part as well as help to cultivate a good ensemble sound.
-Laura Stedge, IC ACDA E-Board Member at Large