Do you remember the first time you learned to play a musical instrument? "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy," Ludwig van Beethoven said, and my students would love to experience this for themselves.
Our students come from a low income neighborhood and face the challenge of maintaining high academic achievement amidst constant cuts in education.
However, despite the difficulties with the budget deficit, we have been able to make considerable gains in student achievement through the California State Tests. Our school ranks 15th in the entire district!
I am requesting recorders for my students. While students in more affluent areas are able to participate in extracurricular activities such as music lessons, my students are unable to do so because their parents make only enough financially to make ends meet. Students will be able to learn how to read music and play familiar tunes that they've heard before such as Mary Had a Little Lamb. They will also compose original music and be able to work cooperatively in small groups in playing their pieces. We will practice playing beautiful melodies together and hopefully be able to play the recorders in a performance for the school's annual Arts Festival.
Music often inspires in such a way that a textbook isn't capable of doing.
My students will be enlarging their brains and taking them to a higher level as a result of having a musical instrument in their own hands.
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