We are a vibrant Title I school district in San Jose, California. We are a close-knit community, with many of our families having lived in this area for several years. We are a small district, with three elementary schools, one middle school, and one K-8 school. Our student work hard every day and they are excited and eager to learn. Our teachers, staff, parents, and community do our very best to bring the best educational experience to all of our students.
This is my sixth year teaching instrumental music in the district and our band program is thriving: I am so proud of all of my students!
This has been a challenging year for our band students. Due to covid aerosol precautions our youngest students are not playing their regular flutes, clarinets and trumpets in band. Instead we have started to learn rhythms on drum pads and some music notes using boomwhackers and bells, but those instruments only allow students to learn one note per person, not the whole range.
A set of small xylophones would allow our students to learn how to read and play a full array of music notes.
These xylophones are compact, portable and durable. I will be able to use them with all of our 4th and 5th grade musicians in our outdoor band rooms. The students will get a better understanding of how music notes and pitches work, and be ready to transfer that knowledge to other instruments when it is safe to go back to regular band class.
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