Lenny Kravitz wrote, "I get a lot of joy from playing instruments, and I have a different personality on each instrument. I like to let that come out." In my music room, I see many students, each with their own shining personalities. They are all musicians in the making.
Making music with instruments builds self-esteem, creates responsibility, and encourages self-expression.
My students truly love using instruments in music class. With COVID affecting us this year, we are not able to sing or share instruments as we normally would. This has required us to take turns, stopping to clean each instrument before sharing. Having ukuleles would not only give us a new instrument to learn, but ease the cleaning burden, as we would no longer be sharing.
My school is located just outside of Amarillo, TX. We are a Title I school. Many students live in rural areas and travel up to 40 minutes to get to school each morning. We have a very diverse population, with many students from immigrant families. Several students are ESL learners.
These items will help my students become better musicians, composers, and performers! The items I have selected for this project are a few standard music room must-haves. We will use the boomwhackers book with the boomwhackers from a previously funded project, the speaker as an upgrade to our sound system, and the packets and erasers for composing and transcribing songs.
Elementary music is much more than just singing and playing games!
In my music room we work hard to become well-rounded musicians. These items will help my students master many new skills!
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