At our school, we believe in educating and enriching the WHOLE child. We are situated on the south part of our small city (Plattsburgh) in Northernmost NY. Our school is home and haven to many of our poorest families. We have an 85% free and reduced lunch rate, and many of our parents and families cannot supply the basics that a child needs to grow into a happy and healthy adult. Because of this the families we service do not have the means to tap into their child's talents and creativity.
We have a large population of special needs children focusing on Autism and Emotional disabilities, and I have always found music to be a way for these students to express themselves and grow emotionally as well as intellectually.
The most current research in brain analysis has proven that people who actively participate in musical activities, such as learning a musical instrument, stimulates and improves brain function, memory and language acquisition. Our students live a very simple, sheltered life that we need to enrich.
All children love to learn to play musical instruments! Many students express an interest in learning to play the piano but cannot afford private lessons, or the cost of a keyboard or piano.
My project will equip the music room with 10 student sized Casio keyboards.
These keyboards are perfect in size for smaller hands and bodies. Students would have a "Music Buddy" to share the keyboard with and be taught basic piano skills by me and be able to practice and make music together! My goal will be to showcase their newly developed talent at our concerts we hold without the year! Your generous donation will make this dream possible!
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