"I can play ukulele, Dad!" beamed a student at open house. He knew only one chord so far but proudly demonstrated it to his proud parents. The fact that I had a few ukuleles in the classroom and he had a turn with it had a huge impact on him. Having hands-on time with instruments makes a huge difference for students' motivation, excitement, and focus. My students are in a low-income, high-needs school, and many have emotional and academic difficulty. They deserve the kind of music education that can capture their imaginations and benefit them both academically and socially.
In a previous DonorsChoose grant, my students received real drum sticks to use in our Kid Stix curriculum "Stick Stations." The excitement of playing like real drummers is a big hit!
Unfortunately, I tried to make my "beat boards" with very cheap cutting boards from the dollar store, and they have broken easily.
My students need sturdy cutting boards that will hold up under their frequent use in music class. Learning to play as a group, to keep a steady beat, and to read rhythms is an important component of music. Tambourines will add variety to the sounds they can make.
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