My students are best summarized by one story: a few months ago, a fifth-grade boy wrote me a persuasive letter requesting that we form an after-school glee club at our school. He stated a clear and valid argument, but he didn't stop there. He went on rally other students to sign a petition to further support his cause!
My students are smart, self-motivated, and eager to BE musicians rather than learn about them.
My goal as an elementary music teacher is to build fundamental musicianship skills so that my students can be the musicians that they want to be. Experiencing and appreciating music are vital to the human experience, but my students want to take their learning a step further. They need the ability to to create music themselves, to express their ideas, and to take their learning into their own hands.
My students learn music best by doing, creating, and performing. By using instruments and other creative vehicles in elementary music, we empower students to be musicians themselves. Why play the music of others when students can create, improvise, and compose their own musical ideas?
This year we starting tapping into their creativity by writing a song together as a class, but my students are ready to take their learning a step further.
With ukuleles, they will be able to accompany themselves, dive deeper into understanding of harmony and chords, have a hand-held visual for pitch and the science of sound, and a chance to collaborate in group projects. The ukulele, in particular, is engaging, easy to learn, and so fun for students.
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