I teach at a Title I school in inner city Connecticut where the average median household income is under thirty thousand dollars a year. Less than eleven percent of the parents have college degrees. All of our students receive free lunch because the district average is so high. My students come from many different cultural backgrounds, where our EL population is approximately twenty percent of the student body.
My students are eager to learn, and come to school passionate about music.
As the music teacher, I see all of the students in the building.
I am asking for eight sets of Boomwhackers and the Chromatic Pitches, as well as bass Octivator caps and several bass sets! These tubed percussion instruments are a favorite tool for young musicians. They allow students to directly explore how their actions impact whether a sound is musical or just noisy. My students love playing them, and they take pride in the success that they are having in making music.
We have several well-loved sets of boomwhackers at school now, but not enough for all of my students to play as a whole-class ensemble.
My students are learning to perfect their note-reading skills and their ability to work successfully as small and large groups. Having a sufficient supply of boomwhackers will enable them to advance both as readers and as ensembles. Adequate funding is a vital part of equitable access to success.
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