My students need a soprano xylophone so that they can play a melodic instrument on their own or in an ensemble.
Do you remember what it was like to try and ride a bike for the first time? You slipped, you missed the pedals, you fell down a few times... maybe a lot! But after a while you got it. Your practice paid off and you figured out how to make it work. My students want to ride but don't have bikes.
I'm fortunate to work with about 480 brilliant, elementary students on a daily basis.
We go to a large urban school in a fairly low-income neighborhood. The vast majority of my students come from families where English is not their main medium for communication and yet they strive to excel in math and reading and are fluent in both languages. Though they come from a low SES background, they are innovative and creative, not letting boundaries stop them. Music gives my students an outlet to create and innovate and takes hold of their attention. Their eyes light up when they can take music making into their own hands and create something absolutely new.
In my district the budget is small. It's hard for teachers like me who rely upon experiences, resources, and costly instruments to purchase the things we need to give our students a full understanding of the musical world. The instruments we can afford are usually small and cheaply made. We can't budget in the bigger instruments because they are quite a bit more expensive. This xylophone would teach students about a wide range of sound and help our developing voices find notes in their range. It would also allow students to play with different sounds and would get two more students per rotation on an instrument. Not to mention that the size of this xylophone would allow for easier rotations than smaller ones where kids would be cramped to fit two people to an instrument.
I want all of my students to have an equal chance at making a unique creation and honing their skills.
I don't want my students' creativity or passion to be squelched just because they don't have the resources available to them. The addition of this instrument would help students to hear new, lower sounds and would also help students with expanding vocal ranges hear pitches in their range.
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|Diatonic Soprano Xylophone with Mallets • Woodwind & Brasswind||$182.99||1||$182.99|
|Orff Mallets • Woodwind & Brasswind||$13.99||1||$13.99|
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