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My students need additional portable whiteboards to aid their learning when learning fingerings for different instruments such as piano, guitar, ukulele, bass and recorder.
Our school serves over 800 students in grades K-8 who come from a high poverty/low income neighborhood, and one of the most historic in the city. One hundred percent of the student population qualify for free and reduced lunch. Our staff consists of teachers who are dedicated to instilling our motto of "Si se puede" (Yes, we can) in all students.
Music is new to the school, and the community is excited about the variety of musical opportunities being provided to them.
This is the first year the school district has had a full-time certificated K-8 music teacher. My goal is to provide students with a variety of music making experiences, while building community in the school and local neighborhood. All students deserve to be provided with the opportunity of discovering what music means to them through music making activities.
I believe music can be one way to bring a group of people together. It is a way to define your identity, something that students of all age groups can use to express themselves. Offering creative outlets provides balance to people of all ages, at home, work and in the community.
In order to see students hand position and fingering for instruments such as guitar and ukulele, our classroom seating is set up in a U shape. It makes it easier for me to view the class as a whole and walk around making corrections as needed. I also like the feel of a circle because it brings the class together in community. For instruments such as piano, students are spread out in areas of the classroom where there are outlets, thus facing different directions during practice time and sometimes during instruction.
The additional whiteboard and easel will provide students with visual aids regardless of where they sit, making it easier for them to see reference material related to the lesson or activity.
Fingering and chord charts with the older grade levels are not the only use of the whiteboard/flip chart and easel. They will be moved to help students completing center activities. They will also be used for the younger kindergarten through second grade levels who sit on the floor for instruction. Sometimes the Promethean Board and large whiteboard is not the ideal visual aid in a lesson. It is sometimes easier to use a smaller whiteboard propped up on a chair for younger grade levels.
This project provides more options for students when looking for referenced material such as instrument fingering. Instead of erasing fingerings on the board and rewriting every time I have a different class, I can use the flip chart to easily post them when needed. This project also provides flexibility when the seating set up calls for visuals in different parts of the room.
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|Quartet Ultima Easel, Whiteboard/Flipchart, 27" x 34", Two-sided, Black Frame • Quill.com||$116.44||1||$116.44|
|Quartet Instant Easel, 63", Portable Tripod, Supports 5 lbs., Collapsible • Quill.com||$27.62||1||$27.62|
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