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Mrs. Perez from Brooklyn NY is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Keepin' It Clean

Help me give my students cleaning supplies including silk swabs, wire snakes, mouthpiece brushes, and mouthpiece sanitizing spray so that they can keep their instruments clean!

  • $463 goal

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My Students

"Ago?" "Ame!" ("Are you ready to learn?" "Yes, we are ready to learn!") My music students are familiar with this call and response which, borrowed from the folkloric traditions of West Africa loosely translates to "Listen!" and "I am listening." The students at my school are comfortable with multiple languages. Mandarin, Spanish, Urdu, Russian, Arabic, and Uzbek make up the first languages of most of my students. Some are still learning English, but that doesn't stop them from having fun in the music room.

It is no doubt that their capacity to understand two or more languages attract them to music.

A community of immigrants, the students have a wonderful opportunity to bring a bit of their musical culture to our school, sharing their unique experiences and learning to appreciate others' contributions. Our school is large, around thirteen hundred students, with seventy percent of them qualifying for free lunch. Recently, our music department received the best gift music students could ever get - a music room. No longer do the music teachers have to push into the crowded classrooms bringing only as much as we can carry. Now students have a large space dedicated entirely to music!

My Project

Most of my students do not own their own instruments; the instruments are shared year to year. It is important that these instruments are kept clean! Even for those who do own their own instrument, a clean instrument is a better sounding instrument. The items in this project will be used by my students to keep their instruments clean.

By learning to clean their instruments on a daily basis, my students will be practicing the responsibility of taking care of an instrument and developing good hygiene habits.

The mouthpiece sanitizing spray will be kept in the band room for when mouthpieces need to be cleaned. The brushes, silk swabs, and snakes will be placed in our band store. Students earn "band bucks," a virtual currency earned through practice, kind and helpful behavior, or as payment of band jobs. These "band bucks" can be spent in the band store. By filling the band store with items for their instruments, I am hoping to instill in them a sense of personal responsibility and ownership over their music education.

Mrs. Perez
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

This project will reach 50 students.

8 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Silk Clarinet Swab • Woodwind and Brasswind $9.99 10 $99.90
Silk Flute Swab • Woodwind and Brasswind $6.99 10 $69.90
Alto Sax Silk Swab • Woodwind and Brasswind $12.95 5 $64.75
Trombone Snake • Woodwind and Brasswind $7.99 5 $39.95
Valve Casing Brush • Woodwind and Brasswind $3.95 7 $27.65
Brass Mouthpiece Brush • Woodwind and Brasswind $2.25 10 $22.50
Woodwind Mouthpiece Brush • Woodwind and Brasswind $1.60 10 $16.00
8oz. Premixed Germicide Spray • Woodwind and Brasswind $3.49 3 $10.47
Baritone Horn/Tuba Wire Snake • Woodwind and Brasswind $6.99 1 $6.99

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