Our school is a Title I school in a blue collar area of Northern California. 81% of our kids qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
I have a very enthusiastic bunch of kids who love music.
They are eager to learn. They stay after school and come in during lunchtime to practice and learn new instruments. We start band in 6th grade while surrounding school districts start in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade.
Only one of my feeder elementary schools has general music so the majority of kids come to me with no musical background. My kids are at a disadvantage by starting behind their peers. They also don't have the same opportunities, like kids in surrounding school districts, to take private lessons. Being able to provide instruments and supplies to more students will help them catch up to their peers since they will have to compete with these kids for honor bands and scholarships.
I have many students who want to audition for honor groups but there is only one of me and my computer to record them. Having these portable recorders will make it possible for students to record themselves in the practice rooms during lunch or after school without having to wait for me.
In addition, these handy dandy portable devices can be used to record playing tests, concerts, festivals, piano accompaniment, solo changes for jazz band or any other event we have.
These recorders will free me up to be able to work with more students during lunch or after school.
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