The students I work with are excited about music. My course is the students first instrumental experience, I welcome everyone into our beginning band in MCPS. The students who come through the doors of my band rooms are willing to work and go the extra mile if they are given the chance. They are motivated, enthusiastic and eager to push the limits of what most people think middle school students can accomplish.
MCPS beginning band is a place that promotes creativity no matter what your background and ability level.
Students and staff alike are encouraged to be creative. Our students come from a very diverse range of home lives; when they walk through the doors of our school they are all a part of the MCPS family.
Our band program receives a small amount of funding each year, barely enough to purchase the basic supplies. Anything above and beyond, such as this project, is not covered through our yearly budget.
I work in a variety of classrooms ranging from cafeterias to locker rooms. None of the rooms are set up for a truly musical experience; chairs need to be shifted and music stands brought in for our 30 minutes class just to be cleared out until the next day when the process is started over .
Each room is lacking in music sound equipment that is essential to helping them develop as musicians.
From hearing the accompaniments to their exercises to playing with recordings of concert music, students learn a tremendous amount from having sound equipment audibly demonstrating the sounds that they are trying to recreate on their own instruments. It is my goal to build up an 'arsenal' of speakers that are small, portable, durable and will help students develop their sense of musicality in our limited classrooms.
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