My students need songs to sing, games to play, and instrumental music to play on our instruments.
Imagine if you were a teacher and your kids had no textbooks. Also, you have no teachers edition to work from and the only materials you have to use are scrounged up from the Internet and friendly co-workers. This is our situation.
My students attend a school in a very low-income neighborhood.
We are title 1, which means that we do get extra help from the government, but none of those funds are allowed to be used for music or arts education. Our kids love music classes and they enjoy singing and playing musical instruments, but we only have one teachers edition for music and it is 20 years old.
We are asking for Denise Gagne's Musicplay Volume 3 Teachers edition. The author created this series for schools just like ours that have little to no financial support for arts programs. The book includes over one hundred songs, each with a movement activity or game to help spark the interest of our kids. It even includes simple arrangements of music for xylophones, drums, and other elementary school instruments that our students would love to play. Finally, the book comes with cds that have real children demonstrating good singing. As a male teacher, my falsetto voice is not always the best model for good singing. This book would make a huge difference in the musical experiences and learning of our grades one through five kids. Your donation would truly help these children and many more for years to come.
We have an opportunity to affect the lives of children for the better through arts education that we have never seen before in this country.
Students are receiving training in our school that I would have never dreamed of when I was a kid in the 80's. Unfortunately, we are more in danger of having arts cut out of schools completely thanks to the emphasis on rote teaching and standardized testing that rules our education system. Help us show everyone that the arts are not negotiable.
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