My students come from a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds and have a myriad of needs. 98% of students qualify for free lunch and a lot live below the poverty line. Many have single parents that work multiple jobs, and my students either watch younger siblings or work after school to help pay the rent. Because of this, participating in private musical instruction or outside performance group has not been an option. However, they are very creative and eager to learn. They desire to participate in extracurricular performance opportunities any chance they get.
For the majority of my students, the first time they ever perform on stage is during their high school career.
But they are no stranger to music. They bring with them the different styles and sounds of their home countries, rich histories and cultures, languages, memories, passion, dedication and excitement.
Many have moved to this country with the hope of finding a new and better life filled with opportunity. My hope is to give every student the opportunity to succeed in music and performance whenever possible.
My school is now in its 4th year with a band class. Each year, new students get to learn an instrument for the very first time. No matter what age, beginners are LOUD! When 30 students are blasting away on their instruments, we often disturb the classroom directly above us with our sound. While my students and I are having a great time, the computer and math classrooms overhead are struggling! Attaching these panels to the ceiling would help eliminate some of the sound bleed into the other classrooms while also helping to reduce the echo and sound reflection within my room, which would improve the overall sound quality for the band and music classes.
These panels will help improve the learning environment for many students within my school.
These are studio grade, fire rated panels that are designed specifically for sound absorption and reflection. Many of my colleagues have expressed how much the enjoy the music classroom, but have also mentioned how distracting it can be when they are giving a test or doing quiet, small group activities and they can hear us playing. These panels will also help reduce the risk of hearing damage for my students and myself as it will eliminate some of the sound within my room. We have had great success with the sound panels on our classroom walls, and know that the addition of these panels to our ceiling will make the learning environment better for all!
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