Our school is a Title 1 school in a very rural area. The population here is quite diverse, a melting pot of ideas, beliefs, cultures and personalities. Our school also provides services to classes of special needs students.
I am privileged to be able to teach an adaptive music class.
In this class, students who have a variety of disabilities are paired with regular education students in a small classroom setting. It is amazing and gratifying to see the students grow in their relationships to one another and in their ability to move and respond to music.
I have been given the awesome opportunity to work with adaptive students and their 6th grade "helpers" to create a music classroom that is conducive to developing their aural and tactile musical skills. But I am in a quandry because I teach in a middle school that doesn't have percussion equipment.
I thought the simplist and most creative way to offer percussion opportunities would be through a drum circle through the use of 5 gallon buckets and rhythm sticks.
We will be using these "home-made" instruments to facilitate learning about music fundamentals like steady beat, syncopation, dynamics, pitch, and tempo several times a week. I also hope to set up performance venues as the drum circle gains the necessary skills!
Your generous donation to this project will give my adaptive students a unique chance to build skills and have fun!
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