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Mrs. Baethke from Rochester MN is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Musicians in the Making

Help me give my students a quality amp and acoustic/electric guitar so that they can perform and record like pros!

  • $775 goal

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My Students

The positive effects of music education have a ripple effect. The students need a creative outlet to express the life experiences and circumstances so many have survived and thrived through.

Our students are frequently referred to as "those kids, " and we all know that isn't a term of endearment.

The truth is, though, that the students we serve are diverse, disadvantaged, and oftentimes disenfranchised from years of struggling in school for a multitude of reasons. Many of our students come from unimaginable home lives and struggle with the basics in the hierarchy of needs, which pushes school pretty low on their list of priorities. We strive to help the whole student so that they can reengage in school and ultimately be successful, graduate, and hopefully move forward into a post-secondary program. We are a small school with limited resources, so our students don't have the opportunities to explore extracurricular activities that mainstream students enjoy. These activities are essential for students because they engage kids in a way that academic classes alone just can't. Our students deserve to experience this, too.

My Project

This is my second year teaching a music class at our ALC, and the students that I have the honor of working with are next-level awesome! We have been working on a variety of skills and projects, from producing, to songwriting, to performing, and we are ready to take our game to the next level. These materials will help us do just that! We have recently acquired some basic recording and producing equipment, and these students are eager to get started using it. A quality acoustic/electric will be an awesome addition to that.

We are also interested in starting up open mic sessions at our newly renovated cafe-vibe work room, and we could really use a quality guitar and amplifier to allow us to do that.

This opportunity wouldn't only be for the musicians in this class - it would be available to any student in the building who wanted to partake. Having another outlet for our students' creativity is so vital to the community-building we emphasize at the ALC, but it also does wonders in building up their confidence.

Mrs. Baethke
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
FSX820C Small Body Acoustic-Electric Guitar • Woodwind and Brasswind $399.99 1 $399.99
Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp • Woodwind and Brasswind $199.99 1 $199.99
SN-3 Console Guitar Tuner and Metronome • Woodwind and Brasswind $9.96 1 $9.96
Tweed Guitar Strap • Woodwind and Brasswind $8.99 1 $8.99

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