I teach in a low-income/high-poverty school district. My students face challenges both in and out of the classroom every single day. Despite these challenges, they still come to school with a smile on their face, ready to work, learn and have fun.
I am always looking to purchase more supplies and materials to make my students' experiences as wonderful as possible.
It is my desire to give them every available opportunity to make their time in school a rewarding and successful experience for them every day. I want them to look back and remember their education as a positive, happy and joyful time in their lives.
I have been teaching music to children in Waterbury for 25 years and 6 of those years have included teaching instrumental music. I am very lucky to have an administrator who gives me time to schedule students for multiple levels of violin, flute, clarinet, and drum pad. I have enjoyed watching my students grow as musicians whether they're with me for 1 year or all the way up to 5 years before they head off to high school.
As rewarding as it is, there are many obstacles to teaching instrumental music, including keeping the students' instruments clean, having broken or no rosin come with violins or having students forget their instruments.
For the past several years I have had many students pass through my instrumental program and those students either rented their instruments from local music stores or purchased used instruments from the Internet. In almost every case, they are missing the accessories that should come with them or they are broken. During this time, I have cut up used sheets to give to clarinet, flute and violin students to keep their instruments clean inside and out. The supplies from this project will allow me to do several things. First, I can throw those old sheets away and give all of my students new cleaning cloths and swabs. Second, the rosin will be given to my violin students who never seem to have rosin or if they do, it's broken into jagged pieces. Lastly, the two extra violins and flutes will ensure that those students who forget their instrument will still be able to participate in their weekly lesson.
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