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Ms. Potoroka from New York NY is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Middle School Rock'n'Roll!

My students need one (1) DW 8000 Single Kick Drum Pedal and one (1) Classics USSR Big Muff PI Distortion/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal

  • $378 goal

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I teach 7th and 8th grade ESL at a public middle school in a Chinese community in NYC. My students are almost exclusively from China, and come from very hard-working, yet low income families.

My passion is music, specifically rock'n'roll, and music is a wonderful tool in teaching English to immigrants. It's evident that my students have limited exposure to music. They do not realize the influence certain icons have had on rock'n'roll and all kinds of music today. My students are familiar with the basic instrumentation of a rock band, as I am a rock bassist and have been teaching an electric bass class as both an elective and as an afterschool program. This helps ESL students' English skills, instill self-discipline/commitment and improve their ability to focus/concentrate, which are often lacking during the middle school years. They also practice patience through learning how to respect and care for musical instruments. As the original sixth graders are now become more advanced eighth-grade bassists, their interest in rock'n'roll is now expanding to the drums and my goal is to assemble a quality drum kit, and ultimately put together a full band, beginning with the rhythm section of bass and drums. We really need a durable kick drum pedal to withstand the high energy of middle school rockers!

In order to add more "beef" to the program we've already started, we will need: (1) DW 8000 Single Kick Drum Pedal and (1) Classics USSR Big Muff PI Distortion/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal These items will help my students grow as budding rock musicians by expanding their knowledge of how a rhythm section operates, as well as allow them to experiment with new sounds and textures on the bass.

Your donation will help open the door to another world embedded in American culture. You will be helping my immigrant students to acculturate, assimilate, improve their English skills and appreciate a rich musical genre. Not only will you be helping to put music in their ears, you’d be helping to put THEIR music in OUR ears! Thank you for reading!

Ms. Potoroka
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Classics USSR Big Muff PI Distortion / Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal (Standard) • Woodwind & Brasswind $59.85 1 $59.85
8000 Single Pedal (Standard) • Woodwind & Brasswind $209.99 1 $209.99

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