Please Help Our School Build a Band!

Organized by: Isaac Williams

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Presently, I teach elementary/middle school music (4-8) at a high needs public school in Chicago, Illinois where most of our students are either on free or reduced-price lunch. Due to budget cuts, the school is unable to fund a music program for the school.

Studies have shown that playing musical instruments has been linked to greater student achievement in school. Music, being an interdisciplinary subject, encompasses all subjects students encounter during their education.

I am requesting instruments to start a school band. Having a band at the school will allow my students a chance to explore music, experience the fulfillment of learning and completing a new task, and greatly inspire them to progress to other instruments. The students will learn how to work together, through the band, in an ensemble which encourages team work. They will also receive the satisfaction of learning how to play a musical instrument. Music is very entertaining and allows for freedom of expression. My students deserve the opportunity to express themselves through music, and playing in the band the will provide that foundation.

When I was in elementary school, being a part of the band was such a rewarding experience. I was able to express myself and have fun in the process. My favorite teachers were my music students, and I want to become to my students what my music teachers were to me; my greatest inspirations and supporters.

Music is the universal language and provides an experience that will allow the students to appreciate the creative process and develop a commitment to excellence. Your donations will help the students to experience music on a greater level through their performance.


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