We are a Title I school in Connecticut. Our school is one of the schools close to downtown, and we service New Haven children as well as children from other districts since we are a magnet school. Ninety percent of my students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. They are some of the hardest working students I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I am experiencing an explosion of interest in band among the 5th and 6th grades because my students are encouraging their friends to join. It is a great problem to have! Our students need help to stay engaged in the classroom and our program. With supplies, we can give students confidence to participate beyond the first year.
My students need music stands to take home to practice on! In the 5 years that I’ve been teaching I always wondered how my students were actually setting up their practice space. You wouldn’t believe the clever set up solutions I heard things like, “I used a Cheerios box” or “I stood the music on my instrument case.” It occurred to me that this does not set them up to play with good posture! How can one make good sound and learn music, slouched over a Cheerios box? My new motto is “practice perfect, makes perfect.”
Help me supply my students with music stands so they can create a practice perfect at home!
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