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Ms. Coleman from West Jordan UT is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Excellent Ideas Excite the Educator!

I need curriculum materials to provide variety, interest, and fun for lesson planning!

  • $1,155 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I service the budding, little Mozartians from preschool age to 6th grade at two schools. As their music teacher, I'm always figuring out ways to lead them through "the mystery of music class” with joy full of surprises. Our students become fluent in Singlish as they enter the wondrous land of Sing-a-Lore each day. They come away dancing, singing, and moving to music comprehending the phrasing, structure, and timing behind it. They explore the textures of sound while learning the symbols, style, and art behind it. Their beat work causes their minds to expand, and their focus to increase while feeling its elements. They learn to incorporate all kinds of subjects from literature, spelling, math, history, and science while enjoying the beauty of the arts surrounding them.

My Project

As a teacher, I have learned that flow in a lesson keeps students' attention. There is nothing worse than feeling like you don't have enough planned for a class. I am asking for these resources to aid me in creating a toolbox of ideas where this can occur. I don't always feel like I have the best ideas for arrangements of instruments, or have enough songs ideas for different occasions and holidays. I grew up studying the violin and playing in orchestras. I am now teaching general music and am expanding my knowledge base in that area. These materials will give me ideas and make me more crafted in this new venture. They will aid me in discovering what is out there, tried and true, by some of the most successful educators in my field.

What I am asking for are arrangements ideas for specific instruments, games, and movements ideas that help me make the learning process more fun, DVD/CD's with music and dance movements I have not myself heard of or seen, and coordination activities to help me be successful at teaching harder musical concepts.

When you don't yourself know yet enough about a particular subject, studying new ideas helps draw them out when needed. For instance, drum and ukulele books come with rhythmic patterns and melodies I have never heard or myself mastered, chords I have never once played, song arrangements for understanding Orff instruments better, recorder music that covers unfamiliar territory and new fingering.

A wide toolbox will deepen my knowledge base and develop my own skill so I can be a more effective demonstrator. All of these resources contain a myriad ideas for arranging and teaching by those who have paved the path before me. What better way than to learn from the Masters?

Ms. Coleman
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Alfred's Kid's Drum Course Complete Starter Pack • Woodwind and Brasswind $54.99 1 $54.99
Picante - Salsa Music Styles for the Classroom & Beyond Classroom Kit (Orff) • Woodwind and Brasswind $49.99 1 $49.99
Move It! Expressive Movements with Classical Music [DVD & CD] • Amazon Business $39.34 1 $39.34
That's So Orff! Book & Data CD • Woodwind and Brasswind $24.99 1 $24.99
Essential Rhythm Activities for the Music Classroom Book • Woodwind and Brasswind $24.95 1 $24.95
Alfred's Kid's Drumset Course Book & DVD • Woodwind and Brasswind $21.99 1 $21.99
D.R.U.M. Book • Woodwind and Brasswind $19.99 1 $19.99
It's a Ukulele Christmas TAB Book • Woodwind and Brasswind $19.99 1 $19.99
In The B-A-G (BAG) - Collection of Songs for Recorder Using the Notes B-A-G, A Book/CD • Woodwind and Brasswind $19.99 1 $19.99
The Bach Uke Book • Woodwind and Brasswind $19.99 1 $19.99
Sing Say Dance Play • Woodwind and Brasswind $19.99 1 $19.99
Orff We Go! - Seasonal Songs, Games and Orff Activities for the Music Class • Woodwind and Brasswind $19.99 1 $19.99
Kid's Drum Course 1 (Book/CD) • Woodwind and Brasswind $19.99 1 $19.99
Pentatonic Partners ((A Collection of Songs and Activities) Teacher's Edition by Cristi Cary Miller for Orff • Woodwind and Brasswind $19.97 1 $19.97
Treasures from the Orff Attic Book • Woodwind and Brasswind $19.95 1 $19.95
Alfred's Kid's Ukulele Course 2 Book DVD & Online Audio & Video • Woodwind and Brasswind $18.60 1 $18.60
Folk Songs & Play-Alongs Teacher Edition for Voice and Orff • Woodwind and Brasswind $17.99 1 $17.99
Fingerstyle Ukulele - A Method & Songbook For Fingerpicking Backup & Solos (Book/Online Audio) • Woodwind and Brasswind $16.99 1 $16.99
Holiday Songs & Play-Alongs Song Collection For Voice and Orff • Woodwind and Brasswind $16.99 1 $16.99
The Book of Song Tales for Upper Grades (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $16.69 1 $16.69
Alfred's Kid's Ukulele Course Sacred Songbook 1 & 2 Book & CD • Woodwind and Brasswind $15.99 1 $15.99
Alfred's Kid's Ukulele Course 1 - Book, DVD & Online Audio & Video • Woodwind and Brasswind $15.91 1 $15.91
George Gershwin - Violin Play-Along Volume 63 (Book/Audio Online) • Woodwind and Brasswind $14.99 1 $14.99
The Charlie Brown Collection(TM) Ukulele Series Softcover • Woodwind and Brasswind $14.99 1 $14.99
Voices in Harmony - Orff Collection Book • Woodwind and Brasswind $14.99 1 $14.99
Sing Say Dance Play 2 Song Collection (Seasonal Songs & Orff Activities for Elementary) • Woodwind and Brasswind $14.95 1 $14.95
Ring The Bells For Christmas Song Collection Teacher's Edition for Voice and Orff • Woodwind and Brasswind $14.95 1 $14.95
Songs for All Seasons - Orff Collection Book • Woodwind and Brasswind $14.95 1 $14.95
Childrens Songs for Solo Ukulele • Woodwind and Brasswind $14.94 1 $14.94
The Book of Children's Song Tales (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $14.93 1 $14.93
20 Easy Classical Ukulele Pieces for Kids • Woodwind and Brasswind $14.90 1 $14.90
100 Christmas Carols For Ukulele • Woodwind and Brasswind $14.51 1 $14.51
The Book of Playground Songs and Rhymes (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $14.48 1 $14.48
The Book of Song Dances (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $14.47 1 $14.47
The Book of Echo Songs (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $14.43 1 $14.43
The Book of Beginning Circle Games (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $13.83 1 $13.83
101 More Music Games for Children: New Fun and Learning with Rhythm and Song (SmartFun Books) • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Irish Songs - Ukulele Play-Along Volume 18 Book/CD • Woodwind and Brasswind $12.99 1 $12.99
Quick Starts For Young Choirs - Activities and Ideas to Focus Your Singers Teacher Resource Book • Woodwind and Brasswind $12.99 1 $12.99
Music For Children Vol 3 Major Triads by Carl Orff arr by Hall/Walter • Woodwind and Brasswind $12.95 1 $12.95
First Steps in Classical Music: Keeping the Beat • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
Happy Songs for Ukulele - 20 Upbeat Favorites to Strum & Sing • Woodwind and Brasswind $12.89 1 $12.89
The Book of Finger Plays & Action Songs (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $12.45 1 $12.45
The Book of Pitch Exploration: Can Your Voice Do This? (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $12.33 1 $12.33
The Book of Movement Exploration: Can You Move Like This? (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
John Denver Strum & Sing Ukulele Songbook • Woodwind and Brasswind $10.99 1 $10.99
Understanding Ukulele Chords Book • Woodwind and Brasswind $10.99 1 $10.99
Hawaiian Songs For Ukulele • Woodwind and Brasswind $10.99 1 $10.99
The Book of Call & Response (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children • Amazon Business $10.38 1 $10.38
Star Wars for Ukulele • Woodwind and Brasswind $10.19 1 $10.19
30 Irish Tunes For Easy Recorder Book • Woodwind and Brasswind $9.95 1 $9.95
My First Recorder: Learn To Play: Kids • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Selections from Star Wars for Recorder (Music Is Fun) • Amazon Business $5.76 1 $5.76
8-Note Bell Songs Book • Woodwind and Brasswind $5.60 1 $5.60
More 8-Note Bell Songs Book • Woodwind and Brasswind $5.60 1 $5.60

Materials cost

$937.18

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$14.06

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$981.24

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$173.16

Total project goal

$1,154.40

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,154.40

23 Donors

-$557.00

Donations toward project cost

-$507.80

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$49.20

match offer

-$556.99

Match offer toward project cost

-$473.44

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$83.55

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$40.41

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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