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Mrs. Balcom from Craig AK is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Growing Passionate Musicians

Help me give my students an new alto saxophone and a new trombone.

  • $642 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

If I could describe my middle school band students in one word, it would be "hungry". They are hungry and eager to learn how to play their instruments. Every morning they come into the classroom ready to play and learn. We are able to cover many skills in the 50 minutes we have everyday, and they cannot get enough playing time! It encourages me to see how much they love music, and I strive to be a better teacher to them with every lesson.

A properly working instrument can make or break a musician's progress as they prepare music.

My middle schoolers often need to have minor repairs done to their instruments, as our instruments are very old and in need of updating. I am hoping that with some support from our donors, my instrument inventory can slowly be updated and students can have a new instrument to play on that will help them grow as musicians and continue to fuel their passion for playing music!

My Project

If we are funded for this project, I will be able to provide my students with new instruments to use on a day to day basis. These instruments will not only be used by one student for a year, they will be used year after year to help students learn musical concepts and fuel their passion for learning instrumental music. The middle school band works so hard and deserves to have the quality of their learning materials match those of the bigger schools in the area.

New instruments provide students with opportunities to learn on an instrument that does not need to be taken away for multiple repairs.

Every time a student has to leave their instrument in the classroom for repairs, they are losing that valuable time that can be spent on learning more about how to play and be a competent musician. It is also very frustrating to try to learn to play on an instrument that does not work well.

It is my hope that with these new instruments, my students will dive deeper into learning their music and will seek outside resources for learning, such as pursuing solo works or small ensembles outside of the large band ensemble. A student also feels special when they receive something new to use, and a new instrument is no exception!

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone • Woodwind and Brasswind $299.99 1 $299.99
ETB-100 Series Student Trombone • Woodwind and Brasswind $199.99 1 $199.99

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