As a music teacher in an elementary school, I have the opportunity to see all the students on a weekly basis. I get to watch them grow year to year and really get to know them. Within the walls of my classroom and stretching into the community, I get to share the power of music!
Music has the unique ability to spark a child's imagination, speak to their heart, expose them to the world, challenge their thinking, and provide a lifetime of endless enjoyment and possibility.
I work for a large school district with military ties and many ESL students. Many of my students receive free and reduced price meals, come from families where a parent is deployed, and come from bi-lingual homes. Music provides a language we can all understand and helps to bring our community together.
My students love to play instruments, especially drums! The hand drums I am requesting will continue to add to and build the drumming program I am creating at my school. They will provide additional instruments to create new, exciting and creative outlets for my students to learn, explore and grow as musicians!
Drums allow students to make connections to all academic areas in a creative way, celebrate cultural similarities and differences and collaborate with each other.
It builds a community where students respect one another and are encouraged to express themselves freely.
By supporting this project, you are helping children develop their creativity, make important connections, collaborate with each other and most of all, giving kids the gift of a music!
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