My students need instruments with which to play World music from Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and various other regions.
How can we help our children connect with their global neighbors? Through music, naturally! The problem: we don't have enough instruments for the students.
Our school is a public charter school located in an agricultural area.
Although a significant number of our students come from low socioeconomic backgrounds, this has not hindered their enormous creative talent. As a charter school, we do not receive the same amount of funding as traditional public schools, making it very difficult to provide musical instruments and other materials needed for our performing arts program.
The djembes and balafon are traditional instruments of Africa. In a student's hands, these instruments are a connection to their global neighbors. When they play music, they are not only fulfilling the need for creativity and self expression; they are developing a respect for cultures around the world. My students need instruments with which to play world music from Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and various other regions.
Performing world music is a way to help students understand and appreciate cultures outside of their own community.
Our hope is that these students will, as future leaders, carry this understanding to build stronger relationships with people across the globe.
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