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Mrs. Leon from Humble TX is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Do We Really Sound Like That?

My students need the Zoom H6 recording device so they can analyze, critique, and make adjustments to their playing to become better-performing musicians while reinforcing academic skills.

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My Students

Our school is a Title I campus comprised of a diverse group of students with the highest percentage of economically disadvantaged population (79.4%) in our large district. 100% of our students receive free breakfast. Many of our students were affected by Hurricane Harvey and some are still living in hotels. A large percentage of our children come from single family homes where the parent is working multiple jobs. Many times our students are asked to watch younger siblings at home and have more responsibilities than most kids their age.

The band program at RSMS is the largest and most successful organization on our Title 1 campus, yet about 60% of our students are playing on school owned instruments.

Over the past two years, the band program has grown to 250 students and has earned Sweepstakes awards at contests. Being a part of this group gives kids a much-needed outlet and a sense of belonging to something bigger than themselves. It allows them to experience things and go places they would not have the opportunity to do otherwise.

My Project

The Zoom H6 audio recorder will help students hear and analyze their own performance instantly. Band students rehearse daily in the same band set up and usually hear only their part or their own section. When students can take themselves out of the band setting and listen to what has actually been played, they can get a better understanding of what they need to do to improve. By being able to hear how their part fits in with the band, they can make adjustments (ex: play louder or softer) to help achieve the best band sound possible. It will also help individual students assess their own playing. Since many of our students can not afford recording devices, this will give them the opportunity to hear themselves play before they are tested on a piece of music or have to publicly perform.

By having recording technology, band students can learn valuable skills in performing, assessing, and describing music, which will help them become overall better academic scholars.

According to the Texas Education Agency, students should be able to be proficient in describing and analyzing musical sound. This includes comparing and contrasting exemplary musical examples using technology and available performances. Math skills will be reinforced by understanding and counting rhythms. Reading skills will be reinforced by being able to interpret their sheet music and determining how the music should sound as compared to what they are actually hearing on the recording. Writing skills and grammar will be reinforced when students will have to articulate on paper what needs to be done to improve the performance. With this portable handheld device, we will be able to record rehearsals and live performances wherever we go.

Mrs. Leon
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 250 students.

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H6 Handy Recorder • Woodwind and Brasswind $349.99 1 $349.99

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