More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
Students Hungry for Music
My students need 36 Suzuki Volume 1 books for violin to use for practice at home. These are for the students who are in the school instrument loan program.
I teach 352 students in grades K - 5 to play a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass). I have been teaching for 27 yrs. with 5 of those at this school. I believe with learning to play an instrument children develop sensitivity and discipline. Nurture not nature leads to a brighter future.
Our school is a Performing/Visual Arts & Environmental Sciences Magnet school in the public school system.
We are a title 1 school with our students coming from lower income families. Grades K - 3 are instructed in a modified Suzuki string program and grades 4&5 learn through a general string curriculum. The students recieve instruction once a week with their class and 27 students come to rehearsals for two hours in our after-school orchestra. After-school attendance is never an issue. There are two additional performing groups for grades 1-3. Many of our students have auditioned and been accepted in prestigious youth orchestras in the community and many have gone on to performing arts public schools in our district. The students themselves are evidence that through playing their instrument they develop sensitivity, discipline and life skills. The students have instruments in their hands for home practice but they desparately need books
The students are able, through the school instrument loan program to take the instruments home but they do not have books. Our plan is to check a book out to each student who is in the instrument loan program so that they can continue to move forward in their studies. The books will have a huge impact on meeting the individual needs of the students. Students will return the book at the end of the school year with the instrument. The students are eager to move ahead. I have been rewriting the songs for them and giving them a binder to take home. With so many excited students in all grade levels I just can't keep up with rewriting the songs and getting them out to the students. Our performing groups perform in the community for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, the Children's Expo, the Fine Arts Festival, County Arts Day, Magnet Mania, Spring String Concert and many other events in school as well.
Being a Title 1 school our students do not have the financial resources to purchase the Suzuki books for use at home.
The books will increase student access to the classroom curriculum and encourage parental involvement and increase individual student achievement. The books will be a be a significant aid in differentiating instruction so that each child can achieve their individual goal. The students have genuine compassion for their instruments and are proud of their accomplishments.
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