My band students need a CD player as one component for a sound system for the rehearsal classroom in order to hear their performances and be able to analyze for better performance in the future. In addition, students will be able to listen to performances by other ensembles to help them improve listening and analysis skills.
The school district is undergoing a major construction and moving project which will be completed at the end of this year. I teach Band in grades 4-12 and have received a lot of support from the school district, however the middle school band classroom does not have a stereo system.
Enhancing performance through assessment would allow students to hear their performance, gain insight into their strengths and weaknesses and make changes based on the feedback. The feedback from the classroom sound system would be instantly available via playback. The sound system would be permanently setup in the band and orchestra rehearsal classroom. This would allow ensemble rehearsals to be recorded and played back. It would also allow students to hear other recordings of the piece they are playing. Each recording is heard by students and teachers allowing time for discussion and self-reflection. For individual students, the sound system can be setup to record his/her performance and then submit that performance to his/her teacher. In addition, the student would be able to reflect on his/her individual performance.
A stereo system is needed which include the following components. I am seeking grant funding through several sources and asking for your help with a CD player.
Your help will make it possible for the students to improve their performance each day. Students will benefit in two aspects learning: auditory and kinesthetic. Students will hear their performance and then be able to take a hands-on approach to improving their performance. This project directly affects the ability to address Standard 5 in music found in the Curriculum Frameworks. Standard 5 (Critical Response) states, "Students will describe and analyze their own music and the music of others using
appropriate music vocabulary. When appropriate, students will connect their analysis to interpretation and evaluation." There is no better to way for students to be able to assess their performance than by listening and then doing the work of fixing what is wrong. Students will also have the opportunity to hear performances from other ensembles and develop their analyzing skills.
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