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Mr. Vargo from Paterson NJ is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Inspiration for Music Class

My students need dry erase lap-boards and markers for class notation. Pop melody song books for learning songs from the radio, books for music. Instruments for playing. Posters for quick music facts!

  • $832 goal

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My Students

I do not see students in front of me, I see future musicians and hard-working individuals who may one day perform at Carnegie Hall. Students volunteered to come to the new school that was closer to their house. The school is in a urban environment where the crime rates keep students inside at night. We are fortunate for a new building, but we are lacking supplies.

My future musicians all receive free or reduced price lunch which sets them up to be ready to learn how music helps shape their lives.

Not all my students will be contestants on the next American Idol, but I am sure a few of mine will be the judges.

My Project

In music class it is obvious that students need instruments. I am asking for a guitar and violin. I am hoping to find students that want to learn above and beyond what I can teach them in class. Students will be taking lessons on classical and pop songs from guitar to violin.

Students need to be able to learn all types of songs, by using pop tunes to transfer there understanding to classical and band repertoire, I hope guitar and violin will make that transition smooth and fun.

In order to expose them to all types of music it is essential that I have books with songs from their childhood as well as from the radio and transition the reading skills to reading scales and exercises, for students to learn how to play at the highest caliber. With the posters showing all different musical instruments and notes and books with a variety of types of songs, students will be free to listen and try all types of musical genres.

While listening to the music I will be able to write music on the board and have the students practice writing it on their white boards. It would be a true test of their musical abilities if they were able to write music and then try to play it, or vice versa. With the white boards there is no need to "waste" paper, they can just erase and try again.

In order to get all my students involved I would like to have something for everyone in my music class, even if that is just taking notes on what they learn with fun pens, reading a poster around the room or rocking out using an instrument.

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Mr. Vargo
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fender Squier Acoustic Guitar Bundle with Gig Bag, Clip-On Tuner, Extra Strings, Strap, Picks, Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD, and Polishing Cloth - Natural • Amazon Business $139.99 1 $139.99
TASCAM DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder (Version 2) • Amazon Business $98.75 1 $98.75
Mendini 4/4 MV300 Solid Wood Satin Antique Violin with Hard Case, Shoulder Rest, Bow, Rosin and Extra Strings (Full Size) • Amazon Business $66.99 1 $66.99
9x12 Double Sided Music Staff Dry Erase Lap Boards (10 Pack) • Amazon Business $45.00 1 $45.00
Expo Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Fine Point, Black, 12-Count • Amazon Business $6.80 4 $27.20
Early Concepts Sing-Along Flip Chart & CD: 25 Delightful Songs Set to Favorite Tunes That Help Children Learn Colors, Shapes & Sizes • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
MC-P187 - MUSIC BASICS POSTER SET • Amazon Business $21.54 1 $21.54
Circle Time Sing-Along Flip Chart & CD: 25 Delightful Songs That Build Community, Establish Classroom Routines, and Make Every Child Feel Welcome (Teaching Resources) • Amazon Business $21.24 1 $21.24
Essential Elements 2000: Comprehensive Band Method: B Flat Trumpet Book 1 • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Favorite Pop Piano Solos • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Famous Composers (Laminated posters) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Hal Leonard Essential Elements 2000 Alto Saxophone Book 1 with CD-ROM • Amazon Business $13.54 1 $13.54
uni-ball Signo 207 Retractable Gel Pen, Medium Point, Assorted Ink, 8-Count • Amazon Business $6.12 2 $12.24
Blue Juice Valve Oil • Amazon Business $3.99 3 $11.97
ERLOOD Music Poster Guitar Retro Metal Vintage Decor Tin Signs 12" X 8" • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
First Disney Songs-Thompson'seasiest Piano Course (John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Easy Pop Melodies: for Violin • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
AmazonBasics 9 Volt Everyday Alkaline Batteries (8-Pack) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Periodic Table of Rock and Roll (Rock N' Roll) Novelty Music History Poster Print, Unframed 16x20 • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
The Real Book for Beginning Elementary Band Students (Clarinet/Trumpet): Seventy Famous Songs Using Just Six Notes • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Pop & Rock Hits Instrumental Solos: Alto Sax, Book & CD (Pop Instrumental Solo Series) • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
The Chord Wheel: The Ultimate Tool for All Musicians • Amazon Business $9.64 1 $9.64
Essential Elements 2000: Comprehensive Band Method: B Flat Clarinet Book 1 • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Essential Elements 2000: Book 1 (Flute) • Amazon Business $8.97 1 $8.97
The Big Book of Disney Songs - Violin (Book Only) • Amazon Business $8.35 1 $8.35
Ukulele Song Book 4 - 20 Pop Songs With Lyrics and Chord Tabs (Ukulele Song Book Singalong) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Easy Pop Melodies: Correlates with Book 1 (Hal Leonard Guitar Method (Songbooks)) • Amazon Business $5.81 1 $5.81
D'Addario Assorted Pearl Celluloid Guitar Picks, 10 Pack, Medium • Amazon Business $3.59 1 $3.59

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