My students need new rhythm sticks and instruments.
I am a first grade teacher and for the past 6 years I have been doing music with a severely handicapped teacher and her class. She has graciously allowed the students to use her instruments, however over the years the love the students have shared with them had caused many to break and become irreparable. Without rhythm instruments it is hard for us to teach them that music has rhythm and how to adapt that to our daily lives. With the two classes joining together it also teaches the students socialization skills and despite their differences they come together for one common purpose - to learn about music and how to keep rhythm. However since many of the instruments are broken, students have to take turns and instruction becomes less effective when students are sitting out. They all share willingly, but it would be great to have new instruments and enough for everyone.
Without a functional class set of instruments many students are not getting what they need to during music instruction. Cut backs have already cut music out years ago, but the other teacher and myself take a half hour out of core instruction to expose our students to music and rhythm.
We need new rhythm sticks and new instruments that are not taped together or held in place by yarn or zip ties. New instruments would allow all students to participate at once during instruction and not have to wait. A full set would allow us to use instructional minutes wisely and not have to repeat lessons.
Each year we put on a presentation at the end of the year for parents and other primary students who do not get music instruction on a weekly basis since it is just not part of the curriculum. Every year the other classes show us their appreciation by attending the mini assemblies and telling the students they wish they got to do that. New instruments would allow the classes to participate as one group and really show other students what they learned about rhythm in Music class. It is amazing to see how a severely handicapped student and a general education student can perform a rhythm segment with instruments that do not fall apart during the performance.
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