I have the privilege to work with amazing orchestra students each and every day! They come from many different walks of life but blend together to become an integral part of a larger ensemble and family. Our 6th through 8th grade public school serves a transient community. Our poverty rate is 60% and free/reduced lunch rate is almost 50%. Our students work in the classroom, exercising their 21st century skills.
Within this framework of the 21st century classroom, it is important for students to utilize their soft skills at every opportunity.
It is important to ensure that students are using a classroom and instruments that are in the best condition possible.
In order to have a healthy strong orchestra, students need to rely on their instruments being in top working order. Students trust that when they leave their instruments in the classroom they will remain in this good condition. In high humidity and low air circulation locations, such as the orchestra room, mold can grow and spread, causing damage to delicate string instruments.
High humidity and mold can damage fragile string instruments especially when the South Carolina heat and humidity rise in the spring and summer.
By providing a way to control the air quality in the classroom students will be able to focus on improving their violin, viola, cello and bass technique.
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