Prior to this grant, music teacher Shari Tarleton was conducting classes for BJHS's special education population with three broken xylophones left over from Longfellow Elementary and two glockenspiels borrowed from Coffin Elementary.
BCEF funds allowed Mrs. Tarleton to purchase nine Orff xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels.
The Orff method of music education uses melody and natural rhythms to express human emotion through music. Removable bars on each instrument allow flexibility in a diversified classroom.
"We can add accompaniment to a story or a chorus song, improvise jazz, compose melody or harmony, or add melodic and rhythmic patterns to an African drum beat... These instruments give our special needs students the ability to participate freely in an academic music classroom." ~Mrs. Tarleton