My students live in primarily rural neighborhoods, with primarily working-class families. Our town has lots of opportunities for students to play sports in and out of school, but limited music opportunities.
For most of my students, school music class is the only music education they will ever receive.
Because of this, it is important that their experiences in music class are as high-caliber as possible.
My students are enthusiastic musicians eager for new opportunities. As they explore new music experiences, especially on instruments, they learn that perseverance, creativity, and teamwork are necessary for success.
One of my goals as a music educator is to equip my classroom with enough quality instruments that we reach a 1:1 ratio of students to instruments. Using my classroom budget, small local grants, and the support of our Parent Council, I have been able to make substantial progress towards that goal. However, bass xylophones, while critically important to ensemble balance, are cost prohibitive.
A new bass xylophone will enhance and enrich my students' musical experiences.
The deep, resonate sound provided by a bass xylophone is the foundation for all the other instruments, much like flour is the foundation for cookies: without it, things just don't stick together!
Students use xylophones in my class on a regular basis. We use them to accompany folksongs and singing games, for musical improvisation, for composition projects, and in a variety of performance settings. All of my students, kindergarten through fifth grade, will use and benefit from a new bass xylophone.
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