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Mr. Wiener from Amenia NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Are You Up to Scratch? Young Turntablists - the Remix!

Help me give my students portable scratch turntables so they can create their own cuts and become turntablists!

  • $344 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our students live in rural upstate NY, on the border of MA and CT. They are diverse in terms of interests and experiences, but universally wonderful and curious. At over 60% low-income families, our school population is shrinking while the poverty level is rising.

Our students love music!

Our music program has been subject to staffing and program cuts over the last few years, due to a ​shrinking population and financial challenges, but we’re bouncing back and looking to expand opportunities and experiences for our students!

My Project

Wiki-wiki-wiki... No, not Wikipedia! It’s the sound you hear when a scratch DJ is working the turntables. Turntablists (yes, that is a thing) are musicians who make music using a record player, moving vinyl records back and forth on a turntable to make rhythmic sounds in time. It sounds simple, but this complex craft is honed over many hours of dedicated practice.

The magic of this iconic sound is that it captures your imagination and seems so easy until you get your hands on it, and most people never do.

I would like to bring the experience and art of turntablism to my students by acquiring a class set of portable turntables. Modern technology has made scratch turntables that are portable and affordable. The Numark PT01 Scratch turntables can be used without any other equipment, so they’re perfect for getting started. While I hope to eventually gear up with heavier duty equipment that older students can use to further develop their turntablism skills, these smaller units are right up to scratch for our students to learn on because they’re small, personal, inexpensive​ and will give students the flexibility to learn and practice in various situations. Plus, I saw a video of a program in England where whole classes learn to scratch, with each child having their own turntable to use. That was exciting to see and I revised my vision for the program upward!

When we have enough, the Numark PT01 Scratch portable turntables will also become part of our music equipment library. Students will be able to check them out to use at home where they can scratch away the hours in dedicated practice. The students who I’ve talked to about this are already excited about the idea. Help us make it a reality!

Mr. Wiener
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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7 donors7 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 250 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
PT01 Scratch Portable Turntable • Woodwind and Brasswind $129.00 2 $258.00

Materials cost

$258.00

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.87

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$291.87

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$51.51

Total project goal

$343.38

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$343.38

7 Donors

-$292.77

Donations toward project cost

-$291.87

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.90

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$50.61

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$0.00

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