Providing Equity in Music Instruction

Music classes can look very different depending on the resources and attitudes of the local school’s teachers, administration, neighborhood and culture. Unfortunately, attitudes and economics often frame each child’s music education experience starting in the early years. A negative experience or attitude about music in elementary school can often look like lack of interest in later years. Conversely, a strong music program in elementary can open doors for students in middle and high school grades because of the strong building blocks placed for them in general music classes.

Even in later years, music education can be severely limited because of lack of properly performing equipment.Brokentrumpet-1 Band instruments, for example, might be supplied by the school, possibly to those students who cannot afford to rent or own their own. In many cases, school-owned instruments mean used and worn instruments that are not properly maintained. A badly working instrument is not always immediately noticed so that blame often goes on the poor student for not progressing adequately.

Every teacher has his or her story about the student who lost interest because the student didn’t have access to a good working instrument. For every story, there are two or three that the teacher doesn’t know about. Some students just seem to drop out because they just could not progress.

Warwick Music Group has stepped forward to give a level of equity for all students in learning music.pTrumpet pInstruments, like pTrumpets, pBones and the pBuzz elementary instrument are well made to withstand the rigors of school use. Made of plastic, the instruments easy to hold, easy to play and easy to learn. The instruments are affordable so that schools can invest for all children.

Annie Lennard pBuzzThere is equity in musical interest as well. The pBuzz, a special instrument for elementary classroom, is used to teach basic music skills like moving air, making a sound, recognizing pitches, and playing together in an ensemble. These skills are easily transferred to choir, orchestra and band, as are the gross motor skills needed to play any instrument. pBuzz provides for visual, aural and kinetic learning and can be easily included in a progression that includes traditional elementary curriculum.

For more information about pBuzz and the other pInstruments, as well as teaching tools and curriculum, visit www.pPlayMusic.com.