Our school serves over eight hundred students in grades K-8 who come from a high poverty/low income neighborhood and one of the most historic in the city. One hundred percent of the student population qualify for free or reduced price lunch. Our staff consists of teachers who are dedicated to instilling our motto of "Si se puede" (Yes, we can) in all students.
Music is new to the school and the community is excited about the variety of musical opportunities being provided to them.
This is the first year the school district has had a full-time certificated K-8 music teacher. My goal is to provide students with a variety of music making experiences, while building community in the school and local neighborhood. All students deserve to be provided with the opportunity of discovering what music means to them through music making activities.
I believe music can be one way to bring a group of people together. It is a way to define your identity, something that students of all age groups can use to express themselves. Offering creative outlets provides balance to people of all ages, at home, work and in the community.
Books aren’t just for English Language Arts classrooms. A music library serves many purposes. It not only supports language arts development, it supports learning about music history, different genres of music, music, culture and careers in music to name a few examples. Books also support musical skills with rhyming activities, movement activities, exploration with timbre and singing activities.
A music library is a great tool to use which enhances musical skills and supports language arts development.
The books in this project will be used in the classroom in a variety of ways. Students will be divided into small groups and rotate in stations or centers, with one station being the reading station. Students will also be assigned projects using books that develop musical skills such as rhythm and timbres. Students will also have the opportunity to choose a book to read and explore when they have finished assigned work.
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