I teach elementary music to grades 1-5 in a school with approximately 400 students. The school is in a lower socioeconomic area of the city with about 86% of the children on free or reduced lunch, and many of our students receive food backpacks on weekends. Our student population is about 50% Hispanic, 45% African American and about 5% white.
Despite the many challenges they face, they like music and enjoy making music through the various opportunities I provide for them.
This project will further expand their experiences in this facet of their education.
Since I have been at my school, I have tried to expose my students to many different types of instruments, such as Orff, recorders, and various types of percussion. Teaching ukulele will also offer a great opportunity to teach the music element of harmony.
I would like to add the ukulele in my third-fifth grade music classes that will allow students to explore a different type of instrument and offer an element of fun as well.
Teaching ukulele will allow students to broaden their musical experiences as well as listening skill, music theory and increase their self-esteem playing in groups and alone.
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