This year is the first time in over 10 years that our school has had an open and inclusive instrumental music program. Over 90 Percent of our students are from economically disadvantaged families. Despite the challenges our community faces, our students always seem to rise to the occasion.
Our growing program is in need of appropriate and functional equipment.
Some of our instruments are more than 40 years old. Moreover, our inventory is not balanced to meet the needs of the ensemble or the interests of our students.
The rebirth of our urban middle school program shows the skill and talent available to our students. As we've uncovered our archive of music, most of the music is at least 30 years old, missing parts, and culturally out of date. In order for our music students to succeed to their fullest, they need to have quality music to study. The music they study needs to be relevant both culturally and academically.
Some of the pieces listed are picked for cultural relevance, others are picked for academic relevance.
Together the fun pieces and the challenging pieces propel our music students to achieve greater music literacy and instrument mastery.
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