You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »

Are you a teacher? Create a project in 10 minutes and get what you need for your students. Tap here to start.

Menu
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

 
See this teacher's page

Ms. McAlarney from Glendale AZ is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Guitars for Stars!

Help me give my students guitars so that they may nurture their love of life-long music and become confident musicians.

  • $662 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Many people have heard the expression, "when words fail, music speaks." Many of my students have first languages that are not English, many of my students have not learned how to express what they're thinking, and many of my students do not fit the mold of the "perfect" student that always does what is expected of them. While my students face these obstacles in their daily lives, it is in my music class that the stress dissolves and they can be themselves. In my room, students do not have to speak but can instead play the few instruments we have, dance, sing, and be themselves.

My students are resilient, smart, and they have a lot that they want to share with the world.

This year, every grade will be learning new instruments, and my goal is to have all of them writing their own songs so that they can share their stories of bravery and overcoming. I cannot wait to hear what they create.

My Project

I want to acquire a classroom set of guitars for my students because it provides them an opportunity to play an instrument that will nurture a life-long love of music. I chose the guitar for two main reasons. First, the majority of my student population is Latino/Latina, and the guitar is a culturally relevant instrument due to the popularity of mariachi music. Second, the guitar is a versatile instrument that can be played alone, in small or large group ensembles, and guitars are readily available in many settings.

My ultimate goal for my students is to enhance their love of music, and help them reach a level of musicianship to where they consider themselves musicians.

When I teach my students the trumpet or the violin, I am teaching them valuable skills, but I am fully aware that after they leave school, their access to these instruments is severely limited. They are more expensive for one to purchase for themselves, and they are not typically available in social settings the way guitars are.

My students are incredibly motivated and intelligent, and I know that if we had guitars, students would go home to their parents and tell them about music. They would go home and ask to play their parents' guitar to practice and perform. They would try to find their favorite song online to learn it on their own. This is ownership, this is students being autonomous learners. This is my goal, and with a class set of guitars I know that I can help my students develop the musicianship skills they need to be confident performers and musicians.

Ms. McAlarney
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

Learn how we’re working to support teachers and students during Covid-19

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Ms. McAlarney is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
HAG-250P 1/2-Size Parlor Acoustic Guitar • Woodwind and Brasswind $34.99 14 $489.86

Materials cost

$489.86

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$35.02

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.35

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$562.23

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$99.22

Total project goal

$661.45

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$661.45

10 Donors

-$661.45

Donations toward project cost

-$562.23

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$99.22

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Glendale","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[5549269],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"AZ","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":2,"name":"Elementary School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":3492167,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"https://www.donorschoose.org/project/guitars-for-stars/3492167/","verifyShowPhotos":"","mayHaveReplacements":false,"numStudents":300,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. McAlarney","authorIds":{"5549269":{"owner":"Ms. McAlarney","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[3492167],"proposalHash":"-2020192350","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"https://storage.donorschoose.net/dc_prod/images/teacher/profile/272x272/tp5549269_272x272.jpg?width=136&height=136&fit=bounds&auto=webp&t=1533955621664","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":21218646,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["NTc2OTE2NA==","NTU0OTI2OQ==","NTk1ODIwNw==","MzcxMTg4NQ==","NTYxMzQxOQ==","NTIyNjMxNQ==","NTk1MzYzMQ==","NTkzMzQ0MQ==","NTk0OTcyNA==","NTk1ODMwNA=="],"teacherId":5549269,"schoolCounty":"Maricopa","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"AZ","name":"Arizona"}}