Our inner city students use music as an outlet to express themselves. A lot of our students receive free breakfast, lunch and soon to be free dinner. They also have backpack food that goes home with them for the weekend. Many of them have experienced trauma in their lives and have difficulty coming to school. Our classes, especially the music room, serve students with a range of disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance, autism spectrum disorder and specific learning disabilities. Despite their hardships and learning disabilities my students are eager to find unique ways to express themselves with music.
I am so excited for the classes to get started on bucket drumming. Being an inner city school we have limited resources. We will be so grateful to be able to perform this spring with our newly formed percussion ensemble. Not only will they be focusing on their performance, they will be learning how to work in a group and be an ensemble. They will also be learning difficult rhythms, techniques of how to use the drumsticks, and how to use the buckets as a drum! I can’t wait for them to gain confidence in their skills and be empowered at the end of the year.
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