My students need basic classroom percussion instruments like hand drums, guiros, a gong and a ratchet to create music this school year.
Can you imagine being in a music appreciation class and not having instruments to play on? That's the current case for my 5th hour Life Skills Music Appreciation class. I have 22 students and not enough instruments for my class to play all together.
My 5th hour class is made up of 22 Life Skills students that absolutely love music even though our resources are limited.
Their disabilities range from being blind to autism, to Downs Syndrome to being wheelchair-bound. Yet they enjoy music with all of their being. My students range in age from 14 to 22, since the Life Skills students can stay in their public high school for 8 years. This is the first year they are coming to music for the whole year. In the past, they went to art for their first semester and music the second. But due to budget cuts, our school lost an art teacher and now Life Skills comes to music all year. There is no curriculum for this class and with the lack of instruments, I feel, as their teacher, that I'm starting to wing it. I want to be able to provide the best possible education for them but feel that is impossible since the resources are so limited.
With the instruments requested, my students will be able to do basic lessons on steady beat as well as add percussive instrumentation to music arrangements in our class. The students will be using these instruments almost on a daily basis for the year and will continue to use them through the duration of their time at this school.
This project is important because it is the start of the instrument collection of the school's music appreciation class.
My students seem so appreciative of the class and what it offers even with the lack of instruments. I can't even imagine how excited they'd be if they had guiros or hand drums to help keep the beat with in the music we sing and dance to. Please help provide the students with disabilities a means to express themselves with instruments.
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