My students need new handbells, handbell cards, and handbell case to start our handbell choir for students with disabilities.
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For some of our students, learning to play recorder and mallet instruments is a struggle, but at the same time they want to learn music.
We are a Title I public school with a special needs program for children with disabilities.
We have around ten students in this program. This students range from 1st grade to 4th grade. They are wonderful kids who enjoy music so much, but they struggle with the dexterity required to play an instrument.
I want to give these students an opportunity to learn music in a way that is fun and easy for them. These handbells are designed to be played either in the hand or sitting on the desk. This helps for those who may not have the ability to hold an instrument. These bells will give them the opportunity to participate in a small ensemble together and learn to create their own music. It will allow them to practice and perform music together. Eventually, I hope to branch the bell choir out to other students in the school and give them the opportunity to work side-by-side. My students need new handbells, handbell cards, and handbell case to start our handbell choir for students with disabilities.
When I worked for a retirement health care facility, I formed a bell choir with the patients there.
These were people with Alzheimer's, dementia, and physical disabilities. These people fell in love with the bells, and we noticed that learning to play music with these bells was helping them with memory and motor skills. I believe that giving these kids this opportunity will provide them with similar benefits.
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