The Washington students come into the music room ready to learn and full of ideas. They love playing the drums, unpitched percussion, and barred instruments, and they particularly love it when their efforts result in “beautiful music” (which is quite often!). It is exciting to teach them the basic patterns and then stand back and watch as they take ownership of a composition! I particularly like it when they ask, “Can we do it again?” or when they leave the room humming a melody they just learned.
My goal is that the students “make music” for the majority of the 30-minute period (once a week).
They are regularly involved in moving, speaking/singing, listening, playing, reading/notating and creating/improvising. They understand that we do not have time to spare and come in and begin working right away (usually practicing beat competency). Finally, students who do not speak the same language are able to communicate musically because music knows no borders – it is a language we can all speak.
Music...gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination...and wings to everything.” – Plato
My students love to play the barred instruments, but we only have one complete soprano glockenspiel (the other one looks like it is 40 years old and is missing bars). Washington is an old school and the instruments have been used by thousands of students. I cleaned several instruments over the summer which helped, but I couldn't do anything about the missing bars.
The students line up to play the barred instruments, but few get an opportunity to play the glockenspiels because of this limitation.
A new glockenspiel would brighten their day and make it possible for more to learn correct mallet technique and the joy of playing ensemble pieces on the soprano glockenspiel.
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