I'm fortunate to work with about 1200 brilliant, elementary school students on a daily basis. We go to a large school in the Atlanta metro area. In all areas of the school day we seek to teach citizenship, community, and moral values and help our students grow into caring people.
Though many of my students come from low income households, they are innovative and creative, not letting boundaries stop them.
Music gives children an outlet to express emotion and ideas and grabs hold of their attention. Their eyes light up when they can take music making into their own hands and create something absolutely new.
A burger is good. But isn't it better with ketchup and mustard? How about lettuce? Cheese? Bacon? Mushrooms? Fries on the side? A soda to drink? Right now we've got the bare minimum of rhythm instruments in our classroom. We need new and unique instruments to make our songs and musical experiences more interesting!
Finger cymbals, ratchets, guiros, claves and the other instruments in this project are standard in many music classrooms across the country, but my budget does not allow me to purchase many of the things that others might take for granted.
The addition of these instruments would give my students the opportunity to try out different sounds from around the world and create unique patterns and textures. We could try out new songs and projects that require the instruments from overseas like the talking drum (a drum that changes pitch if you pull on the cords) and different types of guiro (scraper instruments). Having these instruments at our disposal would create a world of new possibilities and opportunities.
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