A typical day in my classroom is loud, energetic, and fast-paced. I teach three band courses, one piano course, and a senior seminar course for our students in the Academy of Arts. My students work extremely hard to come together and develop their musical skills, both as soloists and as part of an ensemble.
My school is situated in the middle of a struggling community.
Our population is largely Hispanic, and many of our students are English Language Learners. The students at my school view many of our school organizations as a second family and support system.
Our band program continues to grow rapidly each year, and about half of the band members play woodwind instruments. These instruments require reeds, which I provide for the students. Reeds can cost around $30 a box, and most of our students are unable to purchase them on their own. Reeds wear down over time, and the occasional accident causes them to chip and break. We are currently running very low on our school supply of reeds. The reeds we are requesting will help my students sound their absolute best every day during rehearsal and for every performance.
My students and I are constantly raising money for the many costs associated with a growing band program.
This would take a huge burden off of our shoulders and would allow my students to worry about one less cost. Furthermore, if my students have access to better materials, then they will sound better on their instruments. If they sound better on their instruments, they will have more fun and get more enjoyment out of being part of the band.
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