Help me give my students a class set of egg shakers help orchestra students develop good vibrato technique in orchestra and help us replace one broken violin case so the school owned instrument will be better protected!
I teach in a middle school where Encore classes like Orchestra meet every other day for 70+ minutes. There are two classes at each grade level, with 20-30 (and sometimes more) students in each class. All four instruments (violin, viola, cello, and bass) are included in each class!
The students that I teach are very enthusiastic about orchestra.
They come to class ready to learn more every day and have worked together to build a wonderful sense of community and family. Many students continue to attend concerts even after they move on to high school!
Out of the 150 students that are currently enrolled in orchestra at the school, over 95% were beginners when they first entered the sixth grade. The school is a magnet school located in an urban district and is high poverty. Our students are incredibly talented, intelligent, devoted, and form a wonderfully diverse school.
These items will greatly help students for years to come. The egg shakers will be used in all 7th and 8th grade classes as the students work to improve their tone by using vibrato. Using egg shakers as we practice the motions helps students "hear" the steady beat as they practice moving their arms, wrists, and fingers in different ways.
The ability to play using vibrato will take students to the next level with their sound and musicianship!
Playing using vibrato helps students phrase lyrical passages in pieces.
One of our school owned violin cases is nearing the end of it's ability to protect the instrument inside the case. The instrument itself is still in great shape, and we want to keep it that way!
Finally, the rosin blocks with most of the school owned violins have been used for years and need to be replaced. Without rosin, bows will not produce any sound!
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