More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
Primary Students Play Percussion
My students need small percussion instruments to learn to make music together in the primary grades.
My primary students are learning to play steady beat and rhythmic patterns. They sing and play and they also listen to art music and play. They are so happy and excited when they hear beautiful pieces of music and they are learning to be true music lovers. They would love to play along and dance.
Our K-2 students attend a big public school with a very successful music program.
They are from diverse cultural backgrounds, and many speak English only and many others are bilingual. A large percentage of our population comes from low income families. They are eager to learn and happy to be at school. They love to sing, dance, drum, and play instruments. They are very curious about the interesting music they hear and perform in our music classroom. Many would never have the opportunity to enjoy classical music, world folk music, American heritage music, jazz, or other forms of art music without their public school experience. They especially love the social context of our music classroom, playing and singing together, acting and dancing together, and learning to be real musicians.
The resources I am requesting are used by outstanding music educators such as Lynn Kleiner in California. Kleiner has developed beautiful and engaging activities for young students as they enjoy singing and playing instruments, as well as art music with movement, song, dance, and instrumental play. I have purchased her resources, and the wonderful little instruments I am requesting will be used with these instructional resources. Our primary students will develop much knowledge around pieces of great orchestral music, with the benefit of these music kits. They will not be asked to simply sit and listen. Rather they will be actively engaged in learning, "reading" simplified music scores, and playing the music instruments I am requesting. There are also scarves for movement, so that our little musicians will be able to select and try out their favorite ways of expressing their understanding of the music.
Our music program has been distinguished by awards and recognition throughout the years, but our population has grown more needy.
We have always believed in nurturing our students' interest while they are young and developing traditions of excellence over time. These small percussion instruments and movement scarves will help us as we allow our primary students to actively explore music.
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