My students need twenty Kahiko Series MK1 soprano ukuleles so that there will be two students per instrument. This will allow them to work in cooperative pairs and provide support and feedback to each other.
My students come from a diverse background of Latin, South American, Caribbean and Hispanic cultures. Many of them live at or below the poverty threshold for our area. At least 65% of our school receives free breakfast and lunch.
Due to the economic disparity in our region, our school district does not have the resources to purchase necessary items for classrooms, especially musical instruments.
As a general music teacher, I am constantly looking for ways to purchase instruments for students to work with. Most of our school district's resources go towards the basics: textbooks, furniture and regular classroom supplies. Funding for music classrooms is almost non-existent at this time. Just this year alone, the music department's budget was completely cut and nothing was purchased.
My students deserve a chance to have real instruments in their hands! The kids in my building have asked for ukuleles for some time. This desire to perform on them was stirred by mainstream artists who have incorporated this amazing little instrument into their performances. The ukulele is small, portable, light and easy for kids to get their hands on. Twenty ukuleles from Woodwind and Brasswind would make the best gift for our students.
By putting instruments into the hands of these students, you would help them become lifelong music makers.
These instruments would be available to all seventh-grade students each year in their general music class. My other goal is to set up a ukulele club in the mornings and have a concert at some point during the year for the seventh graders and any eighth grader who wishes to continue studying ukulele. Eventually, students can take their new knowledge of reading regular music notes, and tab, and apply it to other instruments, like the guitar and bass. Your donation would affect the lives of students for years to come.
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