"Hine ma tov uma nayim, shevet achim gam yachad..." These are the Hebrew words sung as my students "warmup" their voices each day. Translated, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!", we sing this tune as a reminder that Choir is about unity and family.
While this description would not describe all of my students, many live in poverty, are surrounded by gang violence invading their neighborhoods, or come from broken homes with little parental support.
For these reasons, I teach more than music literacy and vocal technique. I stress to my students each day that being a part of Chorus is like being part of an extended family. We do not always agree, but we learn to speak our opinions with respect, to resolve problems calmly, and, when it's all said and done, support each other like a true family. My students have an abundance of untapped potential that they themselves have yet to discover. A day in Chorus is filled with laughter when we make mistakes, frustration when we first encounter difficult music theory concepts, and a shared excitement when the entire class learns that last difficult phrase from a song and the dynamics and articulations are just right.
You would be amazed at the number of students who do not have a pencil on a day to day basis. I teach students who have not owned a single writing utensil this entire year. This places many students at a disadvantage when they are given a writing prompt for the Music Journals that we do three times a week, or when they are asked to make performance notes in their concert repertoire. Most of my students lack essential literacy and writing skills that they will need to survive in our modern world and, for this reason, I incorporate writing into my Chorus classroom.
This project will ensure that every student I teach begins their day on an equal playing field.
I believe that the handwritten Music Journal prompts we complete each week are helping our students to solidify and practice the grammar and writing lessons being taught by our school's English department. No one should be unable to complete an assignment, or have to rely on other student for a writing utensil, simply because they do not have a pencil or pencil sharpener.Read More
|Electric School Pencil Sharpener Pro Blue-gray • Teachers' School Supply||$57.99||1||$57.99|
|Dixon Ticonderoga No2 Pencils Pre-Sharpened - 12 Count • Teachers' School Supply||$5.89||8||$47.12|
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This classroom project was brought to life by an anonymous donor and 3 other donors.