Help me give my students 35 flutophones so my fabulous fourth graders can learn to play their first instrument!
I teach music class over 350 students in preschool through fifth grade school. As a teacher in a low-income, high poverty school district, many of my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Many of my students are English language learners, providing an extra challenge when it comes to singing. Some students face changes such as poverty, homelessness (or in danger of being homeless), and learning difficulties. Despite the many challenges they face, they come to music every week eager to learn.
My students enjoy singing, dancing, moving, and learning in music class.
We play to learn the history of music and instruments, play and experience new instruments, sing songs, and have fun together!
A flutophone may look like a toy, but it is actually a legitimate pre-band instrument! Each year my fourth graders have the opportunity to learn how to play their first instrument! The flutophone is a great starter instrument as it requires little breath effort and has simple finger motions to play.
Unfortunately, our school and district has cut ALL teacher budgets and therefore, I will not be able to purchase flutophones for students.
It is heartbreaking because our fourth grade students are so looking forward to playing their first instrument, but because there are no funds, they have no flutophones. Please help me provide my upcoming fourth grade students with their much desired, first instrument.
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