Help me give my students percussion instruments to continue the rhythm section of our music group. With a more diverse selection of instruments, students can participate more effectively on a weekly basis and increase enthusiasm for performances.
I work as a school social worker with students ages 8 to 22 years old in a self-contained school in the south suburbs of Chicago. Every aspect of the students' learning is modified to fit their individual needs and gain academic and life successes.
I love coming into work every day and not feeling like I'm working at all.
The students get off the bus smiling, greet me when I come into the classroom, and are willing to work through challenges they face on a daily basis.
Teaching students about social emotional learning comes naturally in the environment I work in and a majority of these students are receptive to the lessons, getting in touch with their feelings, and what tools to use to cope effectively. One specific way is through music. We have been able to start a music group for student singers and percussionists to learn new songs, how to work effectively with groups, and following directions.
The singing and rhythm/percussion group at our school is off to a great start. The photos for this project is artwork that the students created to represent our music group.
While singers use their voice as their instrument, our percussionists are limited in their instrument selection.
Bringing more diverse percussion selections will enhance the learning experience of music to our participating students.
Many of our students who are currently using the limited instruments we have are non-verbal and can use sound and rhythm as their main form of communication. For example, the Wah Wah tube is a ground instrument where students can feel the vibrations as they play. Additionally, students learn structure, working in groups, and overall gaining a tool for self-regulation of emotions.
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