In my first year at this school I have been able to see, hear, and feel the creativeness, uniqueness, and sincerity of my students. While learning, we are able to have fun. During morning duties, I greet students and they notice when someone's not feeling well or maybe just needs a high five.
The uniqueness of these students amaze me!
About half of the student population is bilingual. Although I am not bilingual yet, these students do not hesitate to help each other out or help me out with communication. Their generosity shines through.
Right now, we use rhythm sticks on the floor when learning rhythms. Having access to buckets we will be able to drum to songs in class and in programs.
Being able to use a bucket as a drum will let more students have access to a drum, and might help students carry musical ideas home, this will help with dexterity and focus.
Chopsticks will be used to teach proper technique with dynamics, or volume. Once a student can demonstrate control over the chopsticks, they will "graduate" to drum sticks.
We will not just use these in class or performances, we will also have a bucket drumming group where students may sign up that want to be challenged.
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