My students could spend their breaks anywhere they please but they choose to spend it in my music classroom, playing the decades old instruments that are old enough to have been played by their parents. They love showing me what new pieces they learned over the weekend having jam sessions with other students. They are some of the kindest and diligent souls I have ever taught.
These kids deserve so much more than the faulty instruments they can't even take home to practice with because they are being shared by three other students.
My band students are at a suburban, Title I school. Over 75% of students are free/discounted lunch recipients and unable to receive supplemental music instruction through private lessons or step-up materials. They struggle to obtain instruments playing supplies and basic school supplies. Nearly all the students play on school-owned instruments.
I know that out pocket costs are a part of my profession. I did not know how heavy these costs are on music teachers until I took over my school's music program last year. In the few months we were in school, I spent over $1,000 of my own money repairing and providing materials for my music students.
I want my students to be able to have the full experience of a young musician, I cannot do this without a budget nor with the few instruments our school owns.
The quantity of instruments I am requesting is a small number compared to what the need of my program is but it is a start. It will help to bring a few working instruments within my woodwind sections that so desperately need them. If I am unable to supply instruments to all students, this means that many students will go without being able to play an instrument. I will happily accept working instruments that you would like to donate to this cause as well.
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