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Mrs. Waddell from Leland NC is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Building a Drum Circle for the Adaptive Classroom

My students need 5 gallon buckets and rhythm sticks to create a drum circle/rhythm band.

  • $238 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

Our school is a Title 1 school in a very rural area. The population here is quite diverse, a melting pot of ideas, beliefs, cultures and personalities. Our school also provides services to classes of special needs students.

I am privileged to be able to teach an adaptive music class.

In this class, students who have a variety of disabilities are paired with regular education students in a small classroom setting. It is amazing and gratifying to see the students grow in their relationships to one another and in their ability to move and respond to music.

My Project

I have been given the awesome opportunity to work with adaptive students and their 6th grade "helpers" to create a music classroom that is conducive to developing their aural and tactile musical skills. But I am in a quandry because I teach in a middle school that doesn't have percussion equipment.

I thought the simplist and most creative way to offer percussion opportunities would be through a drum circle through the use of 5 gallon buckets and rhythm sticks.

We will be using these "home-made" instruments to facilitate learning about music fundamentals like steady beat, syncopation, dynamics, pitch, and tempo several times a week. I also hope to set up performance venues as the drum circle gains the necessary skills!

Your generous donation to this project will give my adaptive students a unique chance to build skills and have fun!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
JC13 - Rhythm Stick Activity Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $34.99 2 $69.98
5 gallon bucket - 20 pack • Home Depot $55.00 1 $55.00
KM132 - Multicultural Rhythm Stick Fun CD • Lakeshore Learning Materials $15.99 2 $31.98

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