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Mrs. Tanner from Durham NC is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

An Instrument in Every Hand

Help me give my students an instrument to play of their very own. Each child in my district needs a soprano recorder to play in music class.

  • $382 goal

This project expired on February 7, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The fourth graders at my school are a wonderful, clever, diverse mix of kids from a wide variety of economic and cultural backgrounds in Durham, NC.

These students may not have much money, but they have a ton of heart and a deep passion for music.

They love playing instruments in my class, and many hope to go on to join band and orchestra in middle and high school. Very few of my students have ever had the opportunity to have private music lessons.

My Project

Every child in the fourth grade, and continuing into fifth grade in my school district learns to play the soprano recorder. Recorders are a great beginner instrument that helps students learn basic musical skills that they can transfer to other instruments in middle school.

Every child deserves to be able to play an instrument, but some can't afford these inexpensive recorders.

These children would have to borrow a sterilized loaner instrument which looks different from all the rest. When each child has their own, there's no stigma for not being able to pay for an instrument.

Having an instrument of their very own means that every child can take their instrument home to practice and every child can have the same opportunity, regardless of financial ability. I love how excited the kids are to pull out their recorders every week, and I constantly have children stopping by to show me what song they're working on. No child should be denied this experience because of cost.

Mrs. Tanner
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 80 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Soprano Recorder • Woodwind and Brasswind $2.99 22 $65.78
Soprano Recorder • Woodwind and Brasswind $2.99 16 $47.84
Soprano Recorder • Woodwind and Brasswind $2.99 16 $47.84
Soprano Recorder • Woodwind and Brasswind $2.99 14 $41.86
Soprano Recorder • Woodwind and Brasswind $2.99 12 $35.88
Soprano Recorder • Woodwind and Brasswind $2.99 8 $23.92
Soprano Recorder • Woodwind and Brasswind $2.99 2 $5.98

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