The students at our elementary school (grades K-6) come from a variety of ethnic and socio-economical backgrounds, creating a diverse learning community within our school community. With over 650 students, 67% of the students attending our school are considered economically disadvantaged.
Despite their limitations, our students excel in both academics and the arts, and are highly recognized within our school district for their achievements.
As part of their yearly curriculum, students in elementary school attend weekly music classes. A highlight of our district, all students in 6th grade participate in beginning band. To prepare students for this opportunity, students in 3-5 grade develop instrumental skills by learning how to play various classroom instruments. This helps teach these students not only useful life skills, but also enhances learning in other subjects, which will in turn create well-rounded, successful, and creative members of society.
Our students would love the opportunity to learn how to play more classroom instruments. The ukulele is a great instrument for older elementary students, enhancing their skills for learning the recorder and other instruments in beginning band. Playing the ukulele is something all students can learn, as chords are simple, and many popular songs are adaptable to the elementary playing level. We currently need 10 more ukuleles to complete our classroom set, so that each student in the class is able to have their own instrument to use, maximizing the precious 50 minutes per week of musical instruction given in elementary school.
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