"Water! Water everywhere, nor any drop to drink."
One's thirst for knowledge is one barometer by which we can anticipate academic success. Students who WANT to learn are usually the ones who excel, or at least acquire practical, quality-of-life-enhancing knowledge they'll appreciate for years to come. My 4-6th grade music students are about to be set to sail on a sturdily built, safe, vessel (Washington Elementary) whose potable water supplies (instrument closets) are unfortunately low. A Title 1 school where over 60% of the students qualify for free lunch, scores of others are immigrants and refugees, and dozens cannot afford transportation to public libraries for research materials, acquiring new music instruments is not high on the school's budget priority list. We have not had a band/strings program in years.
I've been asked to be a band director at a school with no band instruments! There are NO small woodwinds, small brass, or small orchestral strings, which are the very instruments that beginner students should start on to see if they would like to move on to something else. Plenty of guitars and keyboards, not a single clarinet, flute, saxophone, viola, or trumpet.
Through field trips, talent shows, school musicals, and classroom folk projects, my students are just beginning to learn what the orchestral instruments are, and show great promise. If only they had the opportunity, a glass of water in the form of an instrument!
As a current music teacher who earned a music scholarship with a donated clarinet, I can attest to the impact musical opportunities have on inner-city youth. Invest in our children, quench their thirst and donate an instrument TODAY!Read more »