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Teacher Matibag from Oxnard CA is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Literature And Music

My students need a music library to link and enhance their learning.

  • $468 goal

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My Students

Our school serves over eight hundred students in grades K-8 who come from a high poverty/low income neighborhood and one of the most historic in the city. One hundred percent of the student population qualify for free or reduced price lunch. Our staff consists of teachers who are dedicated to instilling our motto of "Si se puede" (Yes, we can) in all students.

Music is new to the school and the community is excited about the variety of musical opportunities being provided to them.

This is the first year the school district has had a full-time certificated K-8 music teacher. My goal is to provide students with a variety of music making experiences, while building community in the school and local neighborhood. All students deserve to be provided with the opportunity of discovering what music means to them through music making activities.

I believe music can be one way to bring a group of people together. It is a way to define your identity, something that students of all age groups can use to express themselves. Offering creative outlets provides balance to people of all ages, at home, work and in the community.

My Project

Books aren’t just for English Language Arts classrooms. A music library serves many purposes. It not only supports language arts development, it supports learning about music history, different genres of music, music, culture and careers in music to name a few examples. Books also support musical skills with rhyming activities, movement activities, exploration with timbre and singing activities.

A music library is a great tool to use which enhances musical skills and supports language arts development.

The books in this project will be used in the classroom in a variety of ways. Students will be divided into small groups and rotate in stations or centers, with one station being the reading station. Students will also be assigned projects using books that develop musical skills such as rhythm and timbres. Students will also have the opportunity to choose a book to read and explore when they have finished assigned work.

Teacher Matibag
Grades 6-8

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Who Was? - Musicians Pack • Amazon Business $40.99 1 $40.99
Can You Sing The Star-Spangled Banner? (Cloverleaf Books: Our American Symbols) • Amazon Business $6.95 4 $27.80
Grandma's Feather Bed, with Audio CD (John Denver Series) • Amazon Business $15.96 1 $15.96
Marvin Makes Music • Amazon Business $15.53 1 $15.53
Hip-Hop Alphabet • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent) • Amazon Business $14.75 1 $14.75
Do Re Mi: If You Can Read Music, Thank Guido D'Arezzo • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat (A Poetry Speaks Experience) • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Trombone Shorty • Amazon Business $12.45 1 $12.45
Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs • Amazon Business $11.53 1 $11.53
Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song • Amazon Business $9.78 1 $9.78
Aaron Copland (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
John Philip Sousa (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought) • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
George Gershwin (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Max Found Two Sticks (Reading Rainbow Book) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Possum Come A-Knockin' (Dragonfly Books) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Johann Sebastian Bach (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) • Amazon Business $6.36 1 $6.36
I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello • Amazon Business $6.36 1 $6.36
Frederic Chopin (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) • Amazon Business $6.18 1 $6.18
Leonard Bernstein (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) • Amazon Business $6.18 1 $6.18
George Handel (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) • Amazon Business $6.04 1 $6.04
Who Is Bruce Springsteen? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Peter Tchaikovsky (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) • Amazon Business $5.70 1 $5.70
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra • Amazon Business $5.31 1 $5.31
Moses Goes to a Concert • Amazon Business $5.08 1 $5.08
Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Candlewick Biographies: Ella Fitzgerald • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
M is for Melody: A Music Alphabet (Art and Culture) • Amazon Business $4.20 1 $4.20
The Story of the Nutcracker Ballet (Pictureback(R)) • Amazon Business $2.94 1 $2.94
Who Is Elton John? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $2.79 1 $2.79

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