If you can believe it, they're actually 8 year olds. They're funny, immature, good-natured, curious, eager, and sometimes even a little naughty. But they're 8, so it's ok. Even at 8, they want what everyone else wants. Nice Stuff! The school population is 30% Black and 70% Hispanic/Latino, and everyone qualifies for free breakfast and lunch.
They live in a neighborhood that doesn't offer them a lot of opportunity, yet does offer a lot of negative images.
So as an educator I try to provide them with as many opportunities and resources as I can to enrich their education and level their playing field. It is a reality that many of my students have the opportunity to become the first to go to college and I would like their 3rd grade experience to be as positive and engaging as possible as they continue their journey.
For the second consecutive year my students have had the privilege of being taught to play an instrument by an actual music teacher. The opportunity and experience of learning to to play an instrument is long overdue for the students in my school community. Once a week students go to music class where they learn music history, music appreciation, how to read music, and how to play the ukulele.
As you know, it is important for budding musicians to practice.
Throughout the week students do not have access to the instrument they are learning. Having ukuleles and protection plans for the students to practice with in between classes would further help them to develop their playing skills by applying what they have learned independently, and providing motivation for them to take the instrument and their learning seriously.
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