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Ms. Bartolomeo from Indianapolis IN is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Doodads & Thingamabobs

My students need items to help us make music and keep us organized. These items include headphones, guitar stands, cords, ties, surge protectors, picks, and plugs.

  • $329 goal

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My Students

My school is a K-6 International Baccalaureate magnet program in a large urban district. All students have music twice a week where dancing, singing, and playing instruments is the heart of our music program. We will eventually add on seventh and eighth grade, making full primary and middle school programs. I always look forward to my music classes because my students are smart, curious, funny, eager, and so loving! They are diverse in many ways; racially, economically, academically, socially, and emotionally.

The universal language of music brings us all together!

It is the great equalizer! On the other hand, our diversity is celebrated and brings different cultural strengths to our music-making!

My Project

Adding a keyboard and modern band component to our music curriculum means that we need some new equipment and a way to keep that equipment organized. For keyboards, we need surge protectors to plug everything in, headphones so students can hear themselves, over-the-door shoe organizers to hold the headphones, and velcro ties to keep all these cords organized.

A modern band is the equivalent of The School of Rock!

We need guitar stands to safely hold our guitars, cables that go from the guitar to the amp, guitar picks, and adapters to fit our instruments into sound systems. The post-it notes are to keep visual track of the songs each grade level has learned.

My students will learn how to care for their equipment, set up, and keep our room organized. They will learn how to wrap a cable, safely place a guitar, and connect equipment using inputs and outputs. They will use this equipment to learn music through playing. All together it may look like a random bunch of items, just some doodads and thingamabobs, but put them all together and you have our school JAM BAND!

Ms. Bartolomeo
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sony MDRZX110 ZX Series Stereo Headphones (Black) • Amazon Business $15.30 5 $76.50
On Stage XCG4 Black Tripod Guitar Stand, 3 Pack • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Belkin 7-Outlet SurgeMaster Home Series Power Strip Surge Protector with 12-Foot Power Cord, 1045 Joules (F9H710-12) • Amazon Business $21.22 1 $21.22
Belkin 7-Outlet SurgeMaster Home Series Power Strip Surge Protector with 6-Foot Power Cord, 1045 Joules (F9H710-06) • Amazon Business $17.59 1 $17.59
TriLink Stereo Audio Adapter [Gold-plated Pure Copper ] 6.35mm (1/4 inch) Male to 3.5mm (1/8 inch) Female Headphone Jack Plug, 3 Pack • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
VELCRO Brand - ONE-WRAP: For Cables, Wires & Cords - 8" x 1/4" Ties, 25 Ct. - Black • Amazon Business $7.49 2 $14.98
Misslo Over the Door Shoe Organizer 24 Large Fabric Pocket Closet Accessory Storage Hanging Shoe Hanger, Beige • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Best Guitar Picks (HUGE 100 VALUE PACK) Unique Designs in Assorted Colors & Celluloid Finish- 3 Different Sizes Light/Thin, Medium, & Heavy/Thick - Awesome for Acoustic, Bass, or Electric Guitars • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
InstallerParts 10Ft 1/4" Mono Male to XLR Female Microphone Cable-- Compatible With Amplifiers, Instruments, and more! • Amazon Business $5.99 2 $11.98
Post-it Notes Super Sticky Pads in Miami Colors, 2 x 2, 90/Pad, 8 Pads/Pack (6228SSMIA) • Amazon Business $11.21 1 $11.21
VELCRO Brand One Wrap Thin Ties, Black, 8 x 1/2-Inch, 100 Count (91140) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 2 in x 2 in, Canary Yellow, 8 Pads/Pack (622-8SSCY) • Amazon Business $6.72 1 $6.72
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 2 in x 2 in, Marrakesh Collection, 8 Pads/Pack (622-8SSAN) • Amazon Business $6.68 1 $6.68

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