My students are budding musicians. They are excited to explore new ways to make, share, and experience music. My school is located in a rural area in Wisconsin. The school is in a beautiful location, surrounded by farm fields. Current student enrollment is approximately one hundred and thirty students in grades K-5. Just under 50 % of the students qualify for free and reduced meals. This is a small school, and with just one class per grade level, students progress through their time here as a family, moving from grade to grade with the same group of kids. As the music teacher, I get to see every student for two thirty minute music classes each week.
My students are full of energy and enthusiasm and are learning to use their bodies to create and experience music!
They like to jump, wiggle, dance, crawl, stomp, and spin. They like to create and experience different types of music. There are so many ways for them to experience music at this age.
I see my students for only 30 minutes, 2 times each week. During this time we are singing, dancing, creating, instrument playing, responding to, and learning about music. I want to provide opportunities for students to continue this learning outside of the short time that I get to see them in my classroom.
I want to provide families with opportunities to participate in their child's musical learning journey, and one way to do this is to make resources that students use in my classroom available for them to use at home.
The goal of this project is to create a music lending library with books, CDs, movement props, instruments, puppets, and DVDs to encourage students to sing through song-tales, practice their steady beat, move expressively, and create their own songs along with their families. I want to help them to continue on their journey toward to becoming music-makers and to help provide them with more opportunities to practice what we learn during our limited class time. The joy of music making becomes even more powerful when it can be shared by a community!
I teach at two schools, and I was able to implement a music lending library at my other school this year. The response has been amazing! Students and their families have loved it and the resources are constantly checked out. I would really love to be able to create this resource for my North Freedom students as well! My hope is to grow this library so their are a variety of resources for students to choose from during their weekly library check-out time. I am so excited to have one project funded to get this library started, the items in this next project will help to supply the library with a variety of instruments!
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