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Mr. S. from New York NY is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Ahhh... Music To Their Years lV

The cost of a heavy weight snare stand and a marching snare drum from LMI Music-Musicians Friend is $623, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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I am the Music Education Instructor for PS 129 in Harlem, Manhattan, NY (Pre-K through 6th grade). Approximately 88% of our students receive free or reduced lunch. My goal is to offer the students a vibrant, viable instrumental music program which will continually enrich their lives, further aiding in the development and enhancement of their scholastic abilities. As the new Music Teacher it's a task I take on happily but an effort which begins literally from the ground up - unfortunate for a school that, 30 years or more ago, was once a gem of a performing arts school. I have inherited a situation where there were no band instruments or few music books to speak of. I've graciously received what other teachers have found hidden away in their closets behind years of stored material. Sadly, it amounts to little. Bits and snippets of information: incomplete grade specific teaching materials (i.e. method books without the necessary CD accompaniment, incomplete book sets); accessory percussion equipment broken, deteriorating from depreciation, past abuse, neglect. Certainly nothing which adequately covers the creation of a curriculum which could span seven grade levels but these are the tools on which I must build. A challenge to be sure. Through VH1's Save The Music program I was able to secure band instruments and method books for 36 students chosen from the fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Their enthusiasm can hardly be contained. The selection process complete, now begins the full unabashed joy, the fun of learning a new instrument. Something many of the students never dreamed. There are those however, who were not selected to be band members but also wish to be involved in learning an instrument. I believe a Drum Choir is the perfect outlet. My desire is to accommodate 10 children with instruments but will ask for 1 Pearl FFXS-1309 Marching Snare Drum (color black) and 1 Yamaha SS940 Double-braced Ball and Socket Design Snare Stand. How wonderful it will be for the children who are able to perform on this marching snare drum. Their confidence would skyrocket. On receiving the drum, the looks on their faces alone would be proof of the internal change which would last a lifetime. Thank you in advance for considering my proposal. If you are responsible for bringing this dream to life, please also accept the childrens' heartfelt gratitude.

Mr. S.
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Pearl FFXS-1309 Marching Snare Drum (color black) • LMI Music - Musicians Friend $339.99 1 $339.99
Yamaha SS-940 Heavy Weight Snare Stand • LMI Music - Musicians Friend $96.99 1 $96.99

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