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Mr. McLaughlin from West Orange NJ is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Instrumental Inspirations

My students need Ukuleles and a variety of hand percussion instruments in order to practice musical skills and discover new ways to make music together.

  • $577 goal

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My Students

I teach 7th and 8th grade chorus in which my students are singers with a variety of musical and vocal skills coming from the general school population.

Additionally, I teach two classes of self contained special education music.

These classes are made of up students with Autism, Downs Syndrome, and a variety of cognitive impairments. They love to sing, dance, and play instruments in class and in performance.

Finally, I have an auditioned Select chorus comprised of musically gifted students with a desire to achieve excellence as singers.

My Project

I teach a variety of students with different learning needs. My students range from advanced choir students to non-verbal students with autism and everything in between. Having a new set of classroom instruments will allow all of my students to experience music in new and exciting ways.

My special education students will use the hand percussion instruments and Ukuleles to further their musical skills.

They will use the scarves to demonstrate their understanding of musical concepts while moving their bodies to recorded music. I am very excited to give my non-verbal students more opportunities to participate in music class that do not involve singing.

My choir students will use the Ukuleles to further develop their rhythmic sight reading skills. They will also acquire the skills necessary to accompany their own singing on an instrument and develop a greater love for music. They will use the hand percussion instruments for rhythmic improvisation and composition projects meant to deepen their understanding of rhythm and allow them to independently create their own artistic works.

Mr. McLaughlin
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 100 students.

9 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mahalo Ukuleles MR1BU Rainbow Series Soprano Ukulele • Amazon Business $26.95 12 $323.40
Boomwhackers C Major Diatonic Scale Set with Octavator Caps 8-Pack • Amazon Business $35.98 2 $71.96
Nino Percussion NINOSET540 Kids Four Piece Plastic Egg Shaker Set with Assorted Colors (VIDEO) • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Wooden Frog Rasp Musical instruments of Africa Frog Rasp Super Guiro (6 Inch) • Amazon Business $7.65 2 $15.30
Rhythm Band Large Rhythm Scarves Multi-Color(Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
Mini Plastic Musical Percussion Tambourine Cutaway Tambourine Half Blossom with 4 Jingles Orff Teaching Toys (Tambourine) • Amazon Business $8.83 1 $8.83
Foraineam Hand Percussion Instrument 2 Pack Triangle 5 Inch • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79

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