I look forward to seeing my students every year for the joy they bring. I teach music to three sections each of kindergarten through fourth grade. We are part of a large district with ten neighborhood elementary schools on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This Title I school has 100% free and reduced-price meals and is located in a low-income area consisting of mainly African-American, Hispanic, and caucasian families.
Our students are high achievers where knowledge and opportunity are strength.
It does not matter that some of our population is transient, have English as their second language, come from single-parent households, and are raised by grandparents. What I like about my students are the family connections and siblings' strong bonds. The neighborhood may be rough but the students are such eager, lovable, diverse, genuine, honest, and beautiful children.
Dr. Mark Ross at the University of CT says it well, "Hearing is the primary channel for learning. The more children hear, the better they learn." Teaching and learning is what we have dedicated our lives to. This way, students are still involved in technology but also hands-on. Quality sound equipment can provide a better atmosphere because it can overcome poor room acoustics and background noises.
Having wireless portable speakers would enhance our learning, utilize more critical thinking skills, and enable the freedom to take learning and performing everywhere.
In class, we hear our way around the world and across time. When we study different styles of music, the nuances will be heard with depth and clarity from Bulgarian throat singing to African drumming to a child singing a lullaby. When we watch video clips paired with our skills, we will be able to hear the horsehair of the violin bow slide across the sting. When we play instruments along with audio; the playing, listening, and analyzing experience can be better.
The freedom to bring music everywhere is powerful. With portable speakers, we can take the classroom outside, perform outside or anywhere, or use the speakers separately. The two speakers can connect together, combine with similar speakers on campus, and offer microphone options. Currently, I have different types of speakers patched together with wires strung around the room. I need something with a lot more power plus portability. Your donation would make a positive difference in many lives.
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