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Mrs. Shea from Pleasant Hill CA is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Connecting Through Music

I need resources to learn about the musical heritage of my students so we can enjoy songs, dances, and stories together!

  • $226 goal

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My Students

My students come to music class excited and ready to learn! I teach elementary music at a Title I school where over 80% of the students are socio-economically disadvantaged. This is my first year at my school and my mission is to develop a vibrant music program where students have the materials they need to succeed!

Music connects people!

Over 60% of my students come from a Latino or Hispanic background, and over 50% are English learners. One of our school priorities is to increase our efforts to build connections between our students' school and home communities. I value the cultural background of my students and want to include more songs, dances, and games from Latino and Hispanic cultures in my classroom.

My Project

Singing and dancing are important parts of cultures all over the globe for many reasons. Experiencing music, movement, and expressive language helps our students become more engaged, focused, and curious. The social-emotional benefits of these activities include making new friendships, practicing cooperation, making stronger bonds with peers through shared experiences, and providing opportunities for peer interaction and communication without the pressure of being tested and graded. Students feel more connected to classmates when they play games, dance, and sing together. I want my students to feel the sense of pride and belonging when they see their culture is valued by their teachers and classmates!

When singing and dancing, every student's contribution is important and valued by the group.

Hidden within the fun and games are significant opportunities to grow academically as well. Songs and dances help students follow sequential instructions, recognize patterns of repetition and contrast, and strengthen language processing skills. These skills help students throughout their school day, making happier and more successful students!

The resources I am requesting will help me build a repertoire of music and dance to share with my students as we connect with each other and the rich cultural background they know from home.

Mrs. Shea
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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4 donors4 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 330 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Canta, mariachi, canta!: Traditional Mexican Songs for the Elementary Music Class • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
A la rueda, rueda: Traditional Latin American Folk Songs For Children (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $25.28 1 $25.28
Folk Dances of Latin America Book/CD • Woodwind and Brasswind $24.99 1 $24.99
Mexican Folk Dances Book and CD • Woodwind and Brasswind $24.99 1 $24.99
El Patio de Mi Casa - 42 Traditional Rhymes, Chants, and Folk Songs from Mexico • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Cinco de Mayo (Holidays in Rhythm and Rhyme) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Arroz con leche: canciones y ritmos populares de América Latina Popular Songs and Rhymes From Latin America (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

Materials cost

$146.14

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$13.37

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.19

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$191.70

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$33.83

Total project goal

$225.53

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$225.53

3 Donors

-$163.00

Donations toward project cost

-$138.55

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$24.45

match offer

-$62.53

Match offer toward project cost

-$53.15

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$9.38

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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