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Mr. Medina from Los Angeles CA is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Band Students Need Percussion Instruments

Help me give my band students percussion instruments and stands to perform with the rest of the band.

  • $799 goal

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My Students

As a teacher in a low-income/high-poverty school district, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, I am looking to provide my students with creative and meaningful learning experiences through the process of learning to play a musical instrument.

They love positive attention and once they have learned the basics of how to play an instrument, they look forward to showing off their musical skills and performing.

Many are being raised in single-parent​ households and receive a free or reduced-price lunch based on their socioeconomic status. These things may prevent them from getting ahead early in life and may not provide them with the life experiences many of us see as "typical".

From the minute they walk in the door of my classroom, I focus on their potential and growth while they are with me. I may not be able to control their home lives; however, I can certainly control their experience during the school day. By doing this in a creative and positive way, I am hopeful to inspire even our earliest learners to continue on a path of academic excellence.

My Project

As the new music teacher at SCCMS, I have been in charge of teaching 186 of our students without any previous musical experience how to play in a Band or Orchestra ensemble. These students are motivated to learn but we lack some key resources that would really aid in providing quality education. Because there has been no Band or Orchestra teacher for many years, our school lacks basic percussion instruments to complement the Band and Orchestra in their performances this year.

There are a dedicated group of students who come in after school on their spare time to learn the fundamentals of how to play percussion beginning with the snare drum.

We have enough practice pads so they could learn the basics of playing snare drum but all of our drums are not in working condition and beyond economical repair.

It is a challenge to teach students how to play expressively and effectively without a working snare drum. Your donation would put a snare drum in capable hands where they can fully understand how the stroke can affect the sound of the drum. We are also asking for cymbal stands and triangle accessories so that we may utilize all of the percussion instruments in the music we are preparing for a concert. Students are excited to learn what a good snare drum sounds like. Help us make that happen!

Mr. Medina
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Concert Series Maple Snare Drum with Stand and Free Bag • Woodwind and Brasswind $499.99 1 $499.99
Suspended Cymbal Stand • Woodwind and Brasswind $62.99 1 $62.99
61122 Triangle Pinch Clip • Woodwind and Brasswind $8.99 2 $17.98
Professional Stainless Steel Triangle Beater with 4 in. Rubber Grips 3/16 in. • Woodwind and Brasswind $4.99 1 $4.99

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