Students and families choose to attend our school to be immersed in the arts. Here, they get experiences that are not provided in every elementary school. Beginning in 3rd grade, students select to be in band or orchestra, providing intensive studies in an area they are passionate about, while still receiving a well-rounded education in all other subject areas.
In a time when music is not heavily funded nationwide, our school and district are choosing to put instruments back into the hands of young students.
Our school provides instrumental classes to all students K-5. This is something that is not commonly offered in our district at the elementary level. This gives students the opportunity to build skills earlier and stronger in an area where private lessons and exposure to the fine arts at home are simply not a reality.
Students at this low socioeconomic status school will be given the chance to make music in ways they would not otherwise be able to, with materials provided for them. However, with tight budgets from the state, there is still much more that needs to be purchased to give these students the experiences they deserve.
Students at my school can start learning to play the clarinet in 3rd grade. While they love learning the instrument, the process of putting it all together and getting the reed to go on correctly and stay in place can be challenging and frustrating for their small hands. The hardest part is the ligature, the ring that uses tightening screws to hold the reed on the mouthpiece.
I want to help my students feel successful on the clarinet by providing a ligature that is easy for young students to operate.
This ligature doesn't involve any complicated screws, and stays in place easily. It is also durable, and will survive the daily wear and tear of student use. I would love for my students to feel more confident when putting their clarinets together, so that they stay excited about learning to play it!
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