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In our music program, fostering a lifelong love for music is our number one goal. Doing this means we must first meet students where they are, growing their current interests and extending them. While traditional classroom instruments serve a pedagogical purpose and can excite students, we could further meet the needs of our student population with ukuleles. Many of our students have an interest in the ukulele, but do not have the funds to pursue owning an instrument or learning how to play the instrument. Our program currently has three ukuleles, with the goal of purchasing four more this year. Should current funding continue, we will not have a full classroom set of ukuleles until the fall of 2023. Students learning an instrument achieve more when the ratio of instruments to students is 1:1. Our largest hurdle with student achievement and closing gaps is attempting to teach students at different levels using shared materials. While we can learn the fundamentals on shared instruments, students cannot work at their own pace or choose what music they'd like to learn. With something as personal as music, being able to dictate what songs one learns is meaningful and powerful. Once students form independent skills, they can then collaborate with others to create layered and varied music. This not only grows musicianship, but social and collaborative skills between peers. Additionally, when students work at their own pace, many step into leadership roles, teaching skills to their peers. In a society striving for individualization in the classroom, tools to do so are imperative. Thank you for helping us bring this life-changing opportunity to our students.

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In our music program, fostering a lifelong love for music is our number one goal. Doing this means we must first meet students where they are, growing their current interests and extending them. While traditional classroom instruments serve a pedagogical purpose and can excite students, we could further meet the needs of our student population with ukuleles. Many of our students have an interest in the ukulele, but do not have the funds to pursue owning an instrument or learning how to play the instrument. Our program currently has three ukuleles, with the goal of purchasing four more this year. Should current funding continue, we will not have a full classroom set of ukuleles until the fall of 2023. Students learning an instrument achieve more when the ratio of instruments to students is 1:1. Our largest hurdle with student achievement and closing gaps is attempting to teach students at different levels using shared materials. While we can learn the fundamentals on shared instruments, students cannot work at their own pace or choose what music they'd like to learn. With something as personal as music, being able to dictate what songs one learns is meaningful and powerful. Once students form independent skills, they can then collaborate with others to create layered and varied music. This not only grows musicianship, but social and collaborative skills between peers. Additionally, when students work at their own pace, many step into leadership roles, teaching skills to their peers. In a society striving for individualization in the classroom, tools to do so are imperative. Thank you for helping us bring this life-changing opportunity to our students.

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