The students that I work with are severely emotionally impaired in grades 2nd through 8th who attend a center based day treatment program in an urban setting. Some of the diagnoses include mental illness, dual-diagnoses cognitively/emotionally impaired and autism.
My students love sharing their musical talents with parents at their annual music programs throughout the school year.
They come from diverse ethnics backgrounds including African-American, Mexican-American and Caucasian. Many of our students come from pre-dominantly low-income parent families and residential treatment centers.
Studies show that when you take up playing an instrument, you keep your mind sharp. I would like to pique my students musical abilities by teaching them how to play the ukulele. While learning the ukulele, your brain is actively trying something new, which forces it to focus, concentrate, create and problem solve.
Research has even shown that people who pick up stringed instruments increase their math and reading abilities - a perfect reason for teaching the ukulele.
I would like my students to learn a new instrument to play so they can perform at their annual music programs throughout the year.
Learning how to play the ukulele may bridge my students interest in playing other stringed instruments such as the guitar or violin in the future. By donating to this project, you allow them an additional choice from which to choose from in the music therapy room.
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