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  • $554 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Mr. Music
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 3 donors
  • $0 still needed

Help Us Keep Playing Music!

My students need strings for their violins and guitars (both nylon and steel), and reeds for oboe, bari sax and bassoon. Most can't afford to purchase their own so we need to.

My Students

Our school district supplies some instruments and we fundraise to purchase the rest. We get very limited supplies and what we get we make last as long as possible. But strings break and get old and reeds deteriorate over time and with use. As careful as we are, time and wear marches on.

My students love music and love to play music!

Sometimes it is the best thing in their life. Playing music together and performing together changes their lives, helps them bond, gives them focus and keeps many of them in school. Playing music helps students find themselves. I try to serve as an inspirational leader and coach, giving students lots of freedom and high expectations. Our school is 57% Title I (free or reduced price lunch) and 36% African American, 28% Latino, 2% Filipino, 2% Pacific Islander, 10% White, 2% Multi-Ethnic/No response, 12% English Language Learners, 13% Special Education. While we reflect the city we are in, Oakland, we are not able to supply all that students need. That's why grants such as these are so important, as part of the constant fundraising that I need to do to make ends meet.

My Project

Just listen to our orchestra and strings, and watch our marching band, the last one in our city. Feel the music soar! My students are learning about music and infusing their life with its inspiration and soul. Flat old strings can detract from their performance and old reeds can hamper the beautiful sound we want to create! Help me help them to perform at their very best! It doesn't sound very sexy, but strings and reeds make up an important supply we need in our music program.

We make do with so many things, beg and borrow and fundraise like crazy.

My students are often out in the community asking for support for instruments and competition fees and logistical support. Strings and reeds are essential to making a great sound!

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Recital II Violin String set • Woodwind and Brasswind $9.99 10 $99.90
Oboe Reed • Woodwind and Brasswind $12.49 5 $62.45
Renard Bassoon Reed • Woodwind and Brasswind $8.79 5 $43.95
EJ40 Silk and Steel Ball End Acoustic Folk Guitar Strings • Woodwind and Brasswind $10.89 4 $43.56
J30 Rectified Classics Normal Tension Classical Guitar Strings • Woodwind and Brasswind $8.59 5 $42.95
EJ44 Pro-Arte SP Extra Hard Classical Guitar Strings Set • Woodwind and Brasswind $8.89 2 $17.78
Baritone Saxophone Reeds • Woodwind and Brasswind $34.99 1 $34.99
Red Label Violin A String • Woodwind and Brasswind $4.08 10 $40.80
FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings • Woodwind and Brasswind $5.99 2 $11.98

Materials cost

$398.36

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$36.45

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.98

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$470.79

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$83.08

Total project goal

$553.87

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$553.87

2 Donors

-$276.93

Donations toward project cost

-$235.39

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$41.54

match offer

-$276.94

Match offer toward project cost

-$235.40

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$41.54

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 999 students.

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