My students love to perform music on instruments, especially barred instruments (xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels and bass bars) and drums. While our classroom does have many barred instruments, we are lacking drums. Due to not having enough drums, physical playing time is reduced, and student learning is limited. My students learn best through singing, movement, speech, creating and performing on instruments so increasing the amount of instruments will increase student learning and understanding.
I teach 600 students in grades K-5, and they come to me for 45 minutes once a week.
My school is a Title I school in a military town. Military families many times will move away due to orders or deployments, but often return 1 to 3 years later. Students at my school are eager to learn and are most excited about performing on instruments and creating and performing their own compositions.
I am certified in the Orff approach and use this approach daily as a way for my students to learn. Students learn through exploration and creating. Our classroom is lacking in drums, specially world drums to allow for students to explore, learn and create. Tubano drums are similar in tone to both an African Kpanlogo drum and a Conga drum. All of which my students have not had access to playing.
Having these drums would open up the ability to teach and for the students to learn about the music and culture of areas that have been missing from our classroom: Latin America and Africa.
While three drums may seem insignificant, having these drums in our classroom will allow for a more authentic application of world music. This will positively impact the students learning experience by giving them the opportunity to learn through exploration and to create with their peers.
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