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Ms. McKinnon from Corvallis OR is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Global Music, Global Learners!

My students need global instruments from the world over to use in class, performances, and to help understand how music connects us all.

  • $284 goal

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My Students

I love that our school is a growing, diverse school of about 425 students in Corvallis, Oregon. It is a Title I school and has a wide range of students from many different backgrounds: socioeconomically, racially, and culturally.

Our school strives to provide a supportive, engaging environment where students can reach their maximum potential.

It celebrates abilities and believes in the possibilities of students. My classroom is a place that celebrates this diversity and explores our world through music, dance, and play!

My Project

For this project, we're asking for help in diversifying the kinds of instruments we use. Having instruments representative of global cultures lets us explore both the sounds but also the cultures they come from and how music is experienced by people different than us. Students are fascinated by talking drums in multiple ways! Most of them haven't experienced the opportunity to see such a unique drum and then we get to dig even deeper into the science of how such an incredible instrument works.

How amazing is that?

Music, social studies, and science all from a single drum! The shekere and seed pod rattles will create richer textures in our Zimbabwean style marimba pieces. Not to mention their handheld size helps encourage students to move to the music and dance! Younger students will be thrilled to practice high/low melodies on the both the log drums. Caxixi are a dynamic addition to anything from traditional folk songs to global songs to even pop music!

Our campus is very fortunate to have so many students from other countries and these instruments help expand our world and can help our multicultural students feel more welcome. These instruments will not only introduce us to a global community but will help fill out ensemble music, be used in rhythm activities, games, and assist in how we express ourselves. Students from Kindergarten through 5th grade can enjoy these instruments all year long! Thank you for helping show these tremendous young artists how engaging and exciting music is!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ghana Talking Drum with Stick • Woodwind and Brasswind $52.99 1 $52.99
African Axatse Gourd Shaker - Maraca, Rumba Shekere - 6" X 12" • Amazon Business $33.95 1 $33.95
Medium Agogo Bell • Woodwind and Brasswind $15.00 2 $30.00
Log Drum • Woodwind and Brasswind $14.99 2 $29.98
Ghana Nylon Togo Seed Rattle • Woodwind and Brasswind $14.67 2 $29.34
Single Seed Woven Caxixi - African Basket Shaker • Amazon Business $11.95 2 $23.90
World Percussion USA FR06N Large 6" Wood Frog Guiro Rasp, Tone Block • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00

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