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Teacher Aponte from East Boston MA is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Djembes for Afro-Latin American Music Program

Help me give my students 4 djembes (West African style drums) to learn Afro-Latin American music!

  • $800 goal

This project expired on October 25, 2019.

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My Students

My class is made up of 20 students representing the diverse communities of East Boston. The students in my classroom are of diverse ability levels and many are English Language Learners.

The majority of our elementary students don't have access to music education because of a lack of funding for arts programming.

Many students are deeply interested in learning how to play and read music, but we lack the resources to ensure that every child has equal time using musical instruments.

In order to provide diverse learning experiences and develop an engaging arts education program we need support. Our students are already talented and enthusiastic learners. With your support we can further cultivate their talents and love of music for life.

My Project

Music education is an essential part of a child's experience in public schools. Currently our school does not have the ability to provide music education for students grades K-8. To help address this issue I started my own Afro-Latin American music program for lower elementary students (K-5).

With your support, I will be expanding the Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin American music program that I've started with my students in 2018-19.

We are learning the basics of music and playing percussion instruments for a culminating performance for our community. Due to a shortage of materials, many students don't get daily practice time with an instrument or have to supplement using the top of a desk. My students have been enthusiastic, even giving up their recess time to practice and learn new skills.

With additional instruments, we can expand our current music program and give more students time to develop their musical skills. Having daily access to percussion instruments will support our schools further development of musical programs that are reflective of our diverse student population and make our school a more fun place to learn.

Teacher Aponte
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Mechanically Tuned Fiberglass Goatskin Head Djembe • Woodwind and Brasswind $159.99 4 $639.96

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