This is an opportunity to support learners in developing a soul-quenching life-long skill! We've been teaching guitar at New Tech during Flex Friday's for 2 years and we're at the point where we need instruments.
Purpose and Rationale:Imagine a world without music. Nothing speaks more to the heart and soul than MUSIC. Currently New Tech High @ Coppell doesn’t offer any courses that relate to music. One doesn’t need to look very deeply to discover the benefits that come with studying any instrument or music itself: develops concentration, teaches the practice of patience, builds connections, improves coordination, provides relaxation & balance, boosts self-confidence
Most Fridays at NTH@C, all learners (400) have the opportunity to choose “Guitar 101” as one of the 8 sessions that are provided throughout the day. This innovative course appeals to the majority of learners that are seeking an outlet. For the past two years, Robert Hunter has seen an increasing number of participants hungry to learn about music. Robert’s own story is fascinating- he comes from a musical family and he deeply understands the power and benefits that music provides.
A CISD Ed Foundation grant would truly transform this musical opportunity for hundreds of learners. For the past two years, learners had to bring their own guitars, basses and ukuleles if they wanted to participate in the “Guitar 101” session on Flex Fridays at NTH@C. This grant would allow learners who don’t have access to an instrument or are not allowed to bring theirs to come freely into the classroom and to engage with instruments that they may have never had the opportunity to play. The CISD values of engagement, redefining success, great teaching, and relationships can all be tied to music education and music enlightenment.
Could the next Hendryx or Joplin be from Coppell ISD? Let’s give our learners the opportunity to uncover their musical passion. Please help fund this grant that would cover the costs of guitars, ukuleles, picks, and other important supplies related to this amazing opportunity.
Strategy: I have at least 15-20 students who don’t own or can’t bring instruments. We just share what’s brought. Also, those who bring electrics can’t really hear themselves. This grant will provide a solution to both of those problems and allow the program to continually grow. We currently max out at 30 students during a session on Flex Fridays. We’d like to open up a second session to accommodate up to 60 learners, however without the instruments we’d have too many people trying to share 1 instrument.
External Resources: I am currently reaching out to people in the community who would be willing to just show up and spread their knowledge and love of music.
Evaluation Summary: I will measure success and growth by the number of students who are continually in the program and by steadily increasing the level of song difficulty.