My students need Boomwhackers, Boomwhacker music, movement scarves, and "beat buddies" to help them keep pulse, perform as a large ensemble (50-100 kids at a time), and include artful movement as part of their musical experience!
On average, every other student I teach in my district struggles with poverty, language barriers, and other challenges in their young lives daily. My students grow up in an environment where 87-89% of their families qualify as Economically Disadvantaged. This, however, is not their single story. The rich Hispanic heritage in our district creates a vibrant cultural climate and allows for my district to pilot exciting programs such as the Dual Language Program at MS and trauma-informed programs at the Lawrence School. I serve over 500 students a year per school from grades K-3 and I strive to provide every child with the kind of music education experience I would want for my own children. This often means replacing old or worn-out materials that may be decades old with fresh, new equipment.
To make my curriculum accessible to all students, I need sets of "Beat Buddies", extra sets of Boomwhackers, Boomwhacker music, and movement props.
If every student could have equal access to an adequate amount of supplies, more students could touch an instrument and move artfully to music. Please help me support my kindergarten through third graders at my two schools!
Boomwhackers are a fun, percussive way to get students learning about solfege, ensemble performance, and rhythm and pulse. Boomwhacker ensembles are colorful, musical, and involve students of varying levels of ability. They also easily translate to upper level ensembles such as bell choirs. For my youngest students, "Beat Buddies" are small plush beanbag animals that create an audible pulse when tapped, bounced, tickled, etc. They help students to integrate beat into themselves and learn to share their music with others (like younger siblings). Movement props like scarves help students with spatial awareness which strengthens fine/gross motor skills needed for music.
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