I have the great privilege of teaching a group of students eager to experience the joy of playing an instrument. They are energetic, excited and really attune to the nuances of music. Everyday they are filled with questions; actively involved in the daily assignments and extremely quick learners to the degree that they are reading music well beyond the expectations.
The students really make my job extremely enjoyable.
I love they way they listen with joyful attention to my instrumental demonstrations. Nothing is too great a challenge. There is already a love for music in their eyes. Consequently, I too eagerly await with excitement the day that they are able to begin their instrumental introduction and journey and watching them develop.
Although there is excitement, there are also pressing needs as students can't always afford the necessities for band. So having this opportunity is big deal.
We need the basics! Because it is difficult for many families to afford school supplies, providing binders to every student levels the playing field. All students will be able to organize and keep written work safe. Much time has been wasted by students unable to find their music or homework. Last year, many worksheets were handed out again and again to students who misplaced or crumpled them. It's not just a waste of time, but also paper and ink. Providing binders to the students will also save class time because we will pre-load these binders with all the content for the start of the year.
Furthermore, having 1" black binders for all our band students creates uniformed excellence that adds professionalism to our stage appearance.
Students wear all black for most concerts or nice band t-shirts. The uniformity reflects what professional ensemble musicians wear on stage to keep the focus on the music and off the individuals.
Having binders for ALL students will facilitate learning SO much! Last year, worksheets felt like more of a hindrance than a help because we just didn't have a system in place. Some students got behind. With concert bands, every instrument has a different part. Making copies of music means you don't just copy the same thing for everybody: one piece of music means you have to copy the part for flute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax, trumpet, tuba, french horn, snare drum, mallets, etc. Binders cut down on missing music, trips to the copy machine, and chaos.
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