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Ms. Nelson from Santa Barbara CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

All About That BASS... Clarinet!

My students need a bass clarinet to play "Irish Tune from County Derry" and explore how migration affects culture.

  • $2,858 goal

This project expired on April 17, 2016.

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My Students

Many Harding students come from disadvantaged situations, but that doesn't stop them. Our music room is a place where we cultivate community together through singing, dancing, and making music. Music at Harding is about empowering students through the arts.

My students love playing instruments!

In the music room we learn so much more than music! We explore math, science, language, history, and what it means to be human. We build teamwork by playing music together, develop self-discipline through goal setting and practice, and express creativity by composing new songs! The tenacity and drive of Harding students to learn in spite of adversity is inspiring. Some of the issues my students are going through include poverty, homelessness, lack of opportunity, food insecurity, and immigration issues. The Harding school community takes these students in and cares deeply for each and every student. We enrich the lives of our students, build their self-esteem, and support their dreams to become the next generation of innovators.

My Project

Do you remember those history lessons where someone just talked at you for an hour and a half? Or those times where you struggled to maintain focus while you read the same page in the textbook over and over again? Ugh! History in music class is so much better! Our bass clarinet will be a valuable addition to our band as we make connections to history through music. We will play "Irish Tune form County Derry" while learning about the Irish Potato Famine and how migration affects culture. The sweet, haunting melody of the bass clarinet will bring the experience to life for our students. We will explore how people bring their musical culture with them when they move. Students who have recently arrived in the United States will have the opportunity to share songs from their home country. Students in band learn valuable life lessons about working in a community towards something larger than themselves. Teaching music is about empowering students through art.

Students' natural curiosity about bass clarinets inspires them to ask questions about how they work, how they are related to other clarinets, and why we need them.

This curiosity opens the door to an inquiry into the science of sound, instrument families, and musical timbre. Students who play bass clarinet can apply for scholarships to college with that experience. For many Harding families, this student would be the first in their family to go to college. Help us make it happen!

Ms. Nelson
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 33 students.

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YCL-221 Student Bass Clarinet with Low Eb • Woodwind and Brasswind $2,167.99 1 $2,167.99

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