I teach at a Head Start through 5th grade elementary school. Many of my students have never had the opportunity to play an instrument, much less to learn how to write or compose music. I was able to have several music projects funded throughout the years that allowed me to extend my program in terms of strings, percussion, and recorders. Although most of my students are of Haitian-American heritage, we pride ourselves in being diverse as our teaching staff come from many countries and ethnic backgrounds.
Even though I serve a community that is high poverty, my students have found comfort and stability through music and the performing arts.
They also bring joy wherever and whenever they perform in the community and for the school population.
Since 2007, I have managed my music program using materials from DonorsChoose.org projects and purchasing out of pocket, but now help is once again needed to extend our music program.
Last school year, our music classroom started with a BANG with STEM and STEAM projects, presentations and live demonstrations. For the past two years, our focus was on percussion instruments and the students had fun creating their own drums, maracas and other percussion instruments out of their household and recyclable materials.
Recently, my marching band expanded to 1st and 2nd graders, some who are very enthusiastic about learning brass and wind instruments, especially because the drums are too heavy for them to carry.
My music students have started working on a spring production that will bring New Orleans alive once again at our school. In order to do so while including our 1st and 2nd graders, we would need more brass, wind, and percussion instruments for the "marching through the streets" performance scenes. The student-size saxophone with extra reeds will allow more than one student to use the saxophone, for sanitation purposes.
Your donations would help our children learn about various cultures, inclusion, and diverse genres through music, research, drama, and fun.
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