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  • McCool Junction School
  • Mc Cool Jct, NE
  • More than a third of students from low‑income households

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In my classroom, students love to play musical instruments. They get the chance to hear the music and participate in the music, even if they are not too fond of singing. Because we are a small school in a rural region, music class is the only exposure many students get to musical instruments. Providing my students with a few more instruments to use will help my students participate more often, help eliminate classroom management problems that arise from wait time, and help my students experience music in a more personal way. We currently have six ukuleles. This means only about one-fourth of my students in each class get to play at any given time. It takes a long time to learn music because students must share and forget the chords more easily because they did not get much playing time. Five more ukuleles would mean half of each of my classes could play, lessening the wait time for an instrument and helping reduce off-topic conversations that can also take away from the students' learning time. We also have some other smaller rhythm instruments that I like to include frequently during class. The woodblocks, drumsticks, and boomwhackers will help replace some of our equipment that has begun to show its age and supplement our numbers so more students can play more of the time.

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In my classroom, students love to play musical instruments. They get the chance to hear the music and participate in the music, even if they are not too fond of singing. Because we are a small school in a rural region, music class is the only exposure many students get to musical instruments. Providing my students with a few more instruments to use will help my students participate more often, help eliminate classroom management problems that arise from wait time, and help my students experience music in a more personal way. We currently have six ukuleles. This means only about one-fourth of my students in each class get to play at any given time. It takes a long time to learn music because students must share and forget the chords more easily because they did not get much playing time. Five more ukuleles would mean half of each of my classes could play, lessening the wait time for an instrument and helping reduce off-topic conversations that can also take away from the students' learning time. We also have some other smaller rhythm instruments that I like to include frequently during class. The woodblocks, drumsticks, and boomwhackers will help replace some of our equipment that has begun to show its age and supplement our numbers so more students can play more of the time.

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