In a world where differences often tear people apart, one thing can bring people together. And that is music! The school where I teach has students from a variety of both cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. My students are African American, Hispanic, Asian, Middle Eastern and Caucasian. Many student are from low income households as well as broken homes.
Music provides my students with a means to express themselves.
When my students enter my classroom, their differences disappear. To me they are all music makers, ready to learn the language understood by all. Through singing, dancing, games and instruments, my students learn important life skills such as teamwork, compassion and creative thinking.
Whenever I tell my classes that they will be playing drums there are almost always cheers. I always love seeing the enthusiasm my students have as we sit in a drum circle. We learn to play rhythms, work as a group, be considerate and most importantly, HAVE FUN! Sadly, the budget I am allocated each year can only provide small drums that can be difficult for even little hands to play and produce a low quality sound without using up most of the money, leaving me little room for the other materials needed for all the fun we have.
These drums will provide my students with a high quality music making experience.
These new drums are big enough for my students to experiment with the sounds they can create my playing on different parts of the drums. The size of the head and the raised bottom will create a quality tone with little effort.
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