My students need clarinet reeds, rosin, valve oil, and other accessories in order to start playing their school instruments.
Have you ever heard of silent reading? This is normal in an ELA classroom, but not in a music classroom. Unfortunately for my band students, we cannot sight read music, but must silent read our music since we don't have the necessary accessories to make our instruments play. Can you help?
My students are a group of active, engaged, bright middle school students, in a low income, high poverty neighborhood, where 100% of the students qualify for free breakfast and lunch.
However, just because they are from high poverty situations, where their families cannot afford food, let alone instruments and accessories, does not mean that my students should be denied the right to have access to a quality musical education. Research has shown that music has a way of engaged students who have historically have felt disenfranchised in the public school system.
Once I can get their musical instruments working with the accessories that I am requesting, I plan on starting from teaching rhythms, sight-reading music, music theory, and music appreciation. My students will participate in music festivals, marching band, and parades. They will share their new-found music schools with our neighborhood and community, and everyone will share in the delight of hearing good quality music. My students will feel empowered, their self esteem will grow when they see how they can affect others with their playing, and they will go on to go to college, where they will continue to share in the joy of music making.
Currently, my students have not been able to play ANY music, because the instruments cannot function without these important accessories.
They have lost out on a month of music education, because due to budgets cuts, there is no money for musical instruments or accessories. Please help me help my students!
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