Our elementary school is very fortunate in that we teach our upper-grade students how to play musical instruments. Most children begin their instrumental music studies in junior high school, but we start them out in the 3rd grade by playing the recorder!
Our 3rd graders are comprised of 150 amazing students, many of whom come from bilingual households and receive free or reduced-price lunch.
Our students are truly an incredible bunch of learners from diverse backgrounds that come to school every day to learn new and exciting things.
However, for some of our students, music is the subject that helps them shine. There is nothing better than seeing children succeed in music making. Learning how to play instruments is not an easy task, and they are accomplishing incredible and amazing things every day they come to music.
Our 3rd graders will be learning how to read music while playing recorders. I would love for our students to be able to practice their music at home so they can hone their skills to become great, young players. For each level of music they reach, the music becomes more challenging and the children will need to spend more time reviewing their fingerings and the notes, as well. The one period of music that we have each week is not enough time to help them better their skills. By having an instrument at home, they will be able to practice as often and whenever they feel like it.
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