My students need a flute to complete our band. They also need instrument maintenance and cleaning supplies such as: flute cleaning rods, clarinet swabs, and trumpet and trombone cleaning snakes to keep their band instruments working well.
Two-hundred ninety-five bacterias, yeasts, and molds...yes, that is what researchers found when they swabbed a collection of band instruments. I want my students to learn how to take care of their instruments and themselves from their very first day in Band.
My students are a diverse group of individuals (80% minority) in an urban school district who attend a caring and creative elementary school one block away from a major research university.
97% percent of our students are on free or reduced price lunch.
Ironically, a college education is literally steps away from these children as they attend school each day. A nationally acclaimed Performing Arts High School is just down the street. Opportunity surrounds these children, and their school is committed to helping them unlock those opportunities and grow as students and individuals as a result.
I have requested a student flute. That flute will give us a total of 20 instruments, which will let us meet our goal of having 20 students playing in the graduation Band.
I have also asked for cleaning supplies: flute cleaning rods, clarinet swabs, and trumpet and trombone cleaning snakes. I want to teach the students from the moment of their first instrument lesson how to take care of the very special instrument that they have been given.
I also want to maintain our instruments so we can build for the future. That is why a mouthpiece puller and mini repair set will allow me to fix the minor problems that crop up with beginners. Students are going to learn about pride, and self-esteem, and hard work through Band. They need the tools to assist in these life lessons.
My students don't have many special activities going on in their lives.
Often chaotic and fragmented lives leave little room for music lessons. The school Band stands as a beacon of encouragement and self-esteem for these students.
Having the proper equipment to maintain our extremely limited supply of instruments is key to the future of our Band program. I want my students to learn to read music and develop a skill they can enjoy their entire lives.
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