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Mr. Dokurno from Meriden CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Great Resources for Our Jazz Students!

My students need music CDs for jazz ensemble and books on jazz improvisation/history in order to develop their skills in America's greatest original art form.

  • $595 goal

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My Students

Our students represent a very diverse community, which is wonderful in that a wide range of socio-economic levels, ethnicities, and languages are present in our school.

Our students tend to be in the lower middle class or even below the poverty level, and therefore are quite needy when it comes to basic school supplies or personal belongings.

Teachers often mitigate this by donating clothes or food items in various drives which are intended to help the community.

I would like to help in the way of providing music and music books for their band and music classes.

My Project

The musical enrichment resources that I have selected will offer a wide and deep range of learning for our deserving jazz band students, one that could not be replicated in any other way, as our school funding is limited.

As actor/director Clint Eastwood has pointed out, America has two original art forms, the western movie and jazz music.

This collection of resources will vastly improve our students' knowledge, playing, and enjoyment of our national heritage - jazz music.

Students will play in ensembles using these books, and teachers will learn new methods to guide them through the joy of playing jazz music.

Mr. Dokurno
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Ready, Aim, Improvise!: Exploring the Basics of Jazz Improvisation, Book & 2 CDs (Advance Music) • Amazon Business $59.95 1 $59.95
TRY1062 - Jazz Improvisation for Saxophone • Amazon Business $30.00 1 $30.00
Practical Jazz Theory for Improvisation • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Jazz Improvisation -- The Best Way to Develop Solos over Classic Changes: For C Instruments, Book & CD • Amazon Business $25.11 1 $25.11
Jazz Improvisation: A Complete Course: A Course in Improvising, Sight-Reading & Ear Training 2 Booklets + 5 CDs (Music Minus One (Numbered)) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
The Shape Method: for Jazz Improvisation • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Jazz Improvisation • Amazon Business $24.36 1 $24.36
Patterns for Jazz -- A Theory Text for Jazz Composition and Improvisation: Treble Clef Instruments • Amazon Business $24.10 1 $24.10
Jazz Improvisation for Keyboard Players: Complete Edition • Amazon Business $23.89 1 $23.89
Dave Stryker's Jazz Guitar Improvisation Method • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
Easy Jazz Conception -- Trumpet: 15 Solo Etudes for Jazz Phrasing, Interpretation, and Improvisation (English/German Language Edition), Book & CD (Advance Music: Easy Jazz Conception) • Amazon Business $20.24 1 $20.24
Approaching the Standards, Vol. 1: Bb (Jazz Improvisation) (Jazz Improvisation Series) • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Jazz Practice Ideas with Your Real Book • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Big Book of Jazz Piano Improvisation: Tools and Inspiration for Creative Soloing, Book & CD • Amazon Business $17.41 1 $17.41
Scat! Vocal Improvisation Techniques • Amazon Business $15.93 1 $15.93
A Guide to Jazz Improvisation: Bass Clef Instruments • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Jazz Improvisation: Practical Approaches to Grading • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Patterns For Improvisation • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Approaching the Standards, Vol 1: E-flat, Book & CD (Jazz Improvisation Series) • Amazon Business $11.51 1 $11.51
The Art of Jazz Saxophone Improvisation • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Jazz Improvisation: A Pocket Guide • Amazon Business $7.34 1 $7.34
Jazz Improvisation, Filling in the Gaps • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95

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