Help Rainier Elementary's Music!!!!
Organized by: Twin Mommy
I am the parent of six year old twin boys, attending Rainier Elementary on Joint Base Lewis McChord. I am here today in the hope of raising donations that will assist their newly built school in getting instruments for their musical program. The money that is raised here will allow the school to purchase much needed instruments, music textbooks, and to replace items that have become worn from the simple overuse that occurs when they just don't have enough to go around. I'm hoping to get any and all donations to the school as soon as possible, in order to get this started for them.
The teachers and staff at Rainier Elementary JBLM believe in their students having equal access to high quality, challenging curriculum, including being given ample opportunities to master complex classroom material while building both academic and personal self-confidence within a safe and supportive environment. Due to lack of military funding, unfortunately, they are missing a vital component necessary for a well-rounded education: an adequate music program for their students.
There are many who believe that funding for music in schools is a waste of both learning time and money. Here's what we really know about the BENEFITS of making sure all students have access to such..... Playing and listening to music activates nearly every area of the brain: * The Motor Cortex is involved in both dancing and playing an instrument. * The Prefrontal Cortex that controls behavior, expression and decision-making is given voice on how musical pieces are put together to become art. * The Nucleus Accumbens and Amygdala are involved in the emotional reaction to hearing music. * The Sensory Cortex controls tactile feedback while playing an instrument. * The Auditory Cortex listens to the notes, and perceives and analyzes different tones. * The Hippocampus is involved in making music memories, experiences, and putting them into context. * The Visual Cortex is involved in reading music and * The Cerebellum is active while having an emotional reaction to both listening to music and playing an instrument.
How does this translate to better learning in the classrooms? * Music is a catalyst for children to learn and process information. Music makes learning stick and, music makes the learning process easier. * Music strengthens the auditory, visual/spatial and motor areas of the brain. These areas are important to speech and language, reading, reading comprehension, math, and brain organization. * Scientific research shows that kids involved in learning music have better language skills, reading and math skills; are more organized; have better attention skills and do better on standardized tests. * Listening to classical music changes the way the brain processes information and helps us to absorb, retain, and retrieve information better. When we listen to it, the electromagnetic frequency of the brain changes and when this happens—learning, memory, and retention of information increases. Music programs in schools introduce students to it. * Music is built upon melody, harmony and rhythm—with rhythm being the most important element. Learning to sing in a repetitive rhythm helps kids learn and commit information to memory. * Children who learn a musical instrument or sing have larger brains—5 percent larger than those who do not. * Children who learn music in combination with academics are more analytical, better at math and reading, and have more sophisticated language skills. * Learning to play a musical instrument refines the development of a child's brain in a way that cannot be done by any other activity.
As a parent, it is important to me to be an active advocate for, and supporter of, my children and their education. In this case, it means putting myself out there and doing my best to support their school in a way that wil not only greatly benefit them, but all students attending Rainier Elementary now, and in the future. I'm hoping that as a result of this campaign, that we can make up for what is lacking in funding, while showing our great support of, and appreciation for, all of the services that the teachers and staff tirelessly provide to the children in their care, every single day.
Please donate whatever you can. Every bit will help. Thank you.