More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
Destination: NC Symphony concert in Raleigh, NC
My students need transportation to the North Carolina Symphony concert. We will need to take 2 buses and 2 bus drivers on our trip.
My music classroom has students coming and going all day long. Grade levels include Pre K through fifth grade. I love using a "hands on" approach when teaching musical concepts to children. We use a variety of instruments,songs,rhymes and recordings to accomplish our objectives.
Our students (700+) come from varied backgrounds.
We are a Title I school and we have many needs. Our population is predominantly Hispanic. We have wonderful ESL teachers who make a huge difference in the lives of our students. We also participate in a Dual Language program at all grade levels. The children receive instruction in both Spanish and English during the school day. This is a skill that will reap lifelong rewards.
Our teachers go above and beyond to provide for the needs of students at our school. An example of this is the fourth grade field trip to the Atlantic coast in May. It is an overnight trip that includes time in the ocean to study marine life up close with a Marine Biologist. Some of the children have never been to the beach and this is a wonderful experience for them to see a part of our state that they have never seen before! Our students are encouraged to be leaders and we use student leaders during the school day from morning announcements to door greeters.
We begin preparing for the North Carolina Symphony trip weeks in advance. I attended a summer workshop for music teachers to prepare us to teach lessons on the music that the children will hear at the concert. We spend time in interactive lessons with the pieces of music and learning about the composers who wrote the music. Each year there is a song about our state that all the students learn and memorize. The song for this year includes products that are made and manufactured in our state. That is a highlight of the concert to hear over 2,000 children and teachers singing together! We spend time learning the instrument families so the children can identify the instruments that they see and hear during the concert. We talk about concert etiquette and what is expected as members of the audience. For many of our students, this is their first experience attending a live concert in a concert hall. Going to our capitol city of Raleigh is also a first experience for many students.
Attending the North Carolina Symphony concert in Raleigh, NC gives students a chance to hear a "live" orchestra in person rather than just listening to a recording.
Many of our students would not be able to afford to purchase tickets or travel an hour to a concert on their own. The Duke Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts (Meymandi Hall) is a beautiful concert hall. I love to see the reaction on students' faces when they walk in the concert hall for the first time.
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