I currently teach general music PK-5th grade. I am very interested in starting an elementary band program at my school. I would like my 5th grade band students to be able to play through book 1 by the end of the year. My greatest challenge is starting a program with very few band supplies.
My school is a Title I school on the eastern shore of Maryland.
The demographics of my school area are very diverse. I've noticed since I've worked here how interested my students are in playing instruments. I am sure that my students will really enjoy the opportunity to start band in fifth grade. They are very eager and intrigued when I introduce new musical ideas in class. I'm constantly looking for ways to make a better musical experience for my students, and giving them an elementary band would be an excellent opportunity and experience for them.
According to the National Music Standards all students should be able to not only sing, alone and with others, but also perform on instruments, alone and with others. Furthermore the standards state all students should be able to read and write music. Teaching students to play instruments requires them to read music. Proper music stands will enable the students to see their music, make notes on their music, and concentrate on playing their instrument. The appropriate music stand also helps the students to practice with correct posture. Students cannot practice or perform as a band without music stands. Band is an essential activity for students to learn to play together. The music stands will be an invaluable tool to help form the band.
The music stands will make a difference because there is no substitute.
Without them it would be very difficult for me to begin an elementary band. Being a band member since fifth grade myself I cannot begin to tell you what a difference being in band has made in my life. There's so many beneficial aspects to being a part of band. It helps to develop the student socially, physically, and mentally. This is why I want to give band to my students. "Music is the universal language."-Henry Longfellow
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