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Mrs. Patti Tillman from Thomson GA is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Music is a Language We All Speak!

My students need an electronic keyboard to improve their Speech & Language skills!

  • $309 goal

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My Students

The majority of students in our rural school district come from low-income/high-poverty households with an average income of $19,000 a year. All of our students receive free breakfast daily, and many receive free lunch. Many children come from single-parent households or are being raised by grandparents. In addition to all of these challenges, my students also have difficulty communicating the same as their peers.

Despite these hardships, my students LOVE to work on their communication skills!

I use toys, play food, art, movement, pictures, and food to keep students creatively engaged!

My Project

I am requesting an electronic keyboard to use in my classroom, specifically for students who stutter or have Apraxia of speech. Do you wonder how a keyboard could be used in speech-language therapy?

Research shows music and the brain are often team players when it comes to speech, language, emotions, and processing.

I hold a weekly support/therapy group for 4th and 5th graders who stutter. Children who stutter usually become fluent when following predictable beats. Singing and speaking to a slower beat is a great way to practice smooth transitions within a small group! An electronic keyboard would have a preset beat for pacing words and for practicing smooth transitions.

An electronic keyboard could also be used as a pacing tool for students with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). By the 4th or 5th grade, students with CAS have usually mastered 1-2 syllable words, but still have difficulty saying words with 3, 4, and 5 syllables. Words such as “elephant” and "dinosaur" become “eh-fan” and di-soar."

My students could benefit from the electronic keyboard in many other ways! The record feature would allow students to hear their own speech during playback. The piano feature of the keyboard could help students practice using inflection for questions through changes in pitch.

The addition of a keyboard to my classroom would benefit many students for years to come!

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
PSR-E263 61-Key Portable Arranger Keyboard • Woodwind and Brasswind $119.99 1 $119.99
KBX2 Double-Braced Keyboard Stand • Woodwind and Brasswind $29.99 1 $29.99
PCKB 100-149.99 24 MONTH ADH REPLACEMENT PLAN • Woodwind and Brasswind $23.99 1 $23.99
XM8500 Microphone • Woodwind and Brasswind $19.99 1 $19.99
HPX4000 DJ Headphones • Woodwind and Brasswind $19.99 1 $19.99

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