My students need 5 portable CD players for a listening station.
This project expired on January 7, 2011.
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Music is a universal language. It can soothe the soul and move us to creativity and emotion. The music of today was influenced by the composer of yesteryear. Most of my students do not realize how much classical music is a part of their lives through commercials and movies.
My students are eclectic, opinionated, smart, and creative.
The one thing they lack is resources to experience the world. I work in a high-poverty district. Over 80% are on free or reduced lunches.
My school has leadership that is determined to make a difference in the lives of the students. Everything we do is for their benefit. We desire to have a positive influence on the students and families.
When we provide the needed technology, we can give them a glimpse into the world. Perhaps this look into the world will help the children to be global-minded. These students could do great things if they have the opportunity to do so.
I know that portable cd players do not sound like much in a music room. I am adamant about creating music this year. The best way to get inspiration is to listen to the different types of music available. With my listening station, I intend to provide inspirational music to my students.
There will be days when the students will have to identify instrumentation, form, layering, dynamics, etc. They will also identify the time period of the music they hear and make comparisons to popular music of today.
I also would like to use these stations for my chorus. Each member will be able to listen to their parts and learn to focus on pitch, dynamics and interpretation. They will also be able to practice on their ear training ability. I can record melodic and rhythmic sequences for them to notate on paper. This is vital to performing at the optimal level.
Music is powerful.
Many studies have been done to prove that students with musical education score higher on many of their other studies. A link also exists between music development and language development. Math has always had a relationship with music because music theory is based on mathematical concepts. The most impressive aspect of music development is that the person does not have to do anything special in the other subjects to get better. Studying music opens the brain to learn.
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