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Ms. Lyon from Beaverton OR is requesting materials related to food, clothing & hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Picking Up Some Pieces...

Help me give my students new instrument tools and supplies they didn't receive during a long and awkward hiring situation.

  • $367 goal

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My Students

My students are self-motivated, hard workers who love music, love their community, and are emphatically enjoying making music together in the classroom again. For some of them, this is their first time making music as an ensemble since beginning band virtually. For others, this year was a long-overdue return to "normalcy," and a welcome one at that.

These kids are bright, passionate, curious, altruistic, and community-minded.

Even when they are dealing with the struggles of a pandemic and fluctuating safety guidelines, they maintain optimism, bring energy and enthusiasm to the music room, and are always willing to work hard. Some even eat lunch quickly so they can spend the second half of their lunch period practicing together! How great is that??

My Project

In September 2021, the band director of ~15 years got a job much closer to home. She secured an amazing substitute--a retired science teacher who taught at the same school for many years and happens to be a horn player and amazing human. The sub planned for 2 weeks. I was hired the first week of October, but due to some unfortunate circumstances, I couldn't start until December. Now that I am there, the stands will make it much easier for me to safely store the instruments I use for demos--I have my own stands for my instruments.

While the sub is a musician, she was not trained in music education; and yet, she did a *phenomenal* job at keeping the program running!

The kids played every day--many would have turned to written work or videos. Though she did amazing work with them, some students, particularly reed players, developed some incorrect habits during that time. Now is the time to pick up some of those pieces.

Our brass players like to make a fun sound on their mouthpieces that tend to get them stuck. The repair kit was the property of the previous teacher, so we would like to replace the 2 most frequently used tools: the mouthpiece puller and truer for when they accidentally hit the floor... oops!

Our reed players were not taught to sufficiently soak their reeds either. Why should this occur to the brass-playing sub without proper training? That said, I am hoping to invest in some spare double reeds, a classroom set of glasses for soaking reeds, paint markers to label them, and a single pack of disposable cups I can hand out to current and future reeds players. The mouthwash is for the sanitation of double reeds after adjustments.

Ms. Lyon
Grades 6-8

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Jones JR101MS Oboe Reed; Medium Soft & JR101AMS Artist Oboe Reed; Medium Soft • Amazon Business $35.48 1 $35.48
On-Stage FHS7201B French Horn Stand • Amazon Business $31.95 1 $31.95
Jones JR101MS Oboe Reed; Medium Soft & JR201MS Bassoon Reed; Medium Soft,Natural • Amazon Business $30.98 1 $30.98
Jones JR101MS Oboe Reed; Medium Soft & JR201MS Bassoon Reed; Medium Soft,Natural • Amazon Business $30.98 1 $30.98
Hamilton Trombone Stand, Black Finish • Amazon Business $29.65 1 $29.65
M Y Fly Young Professional Mouthpiece Puller Tool The Brass-wind Instrument Mouthpiece Puller Remover Adjustable 3.94 x 4.33 inch Multicolor (Blue) • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
3 Pack Trumpet Mouthpiece (3C 5C 7C) with Lightweight Aluminum Practice Trumpet Mute Silencer Fit for Yamaha Bach Conn King Replacement Musical Instruments Accessories, Gold • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
DEG A04-TT995 Mouthpiece Trueing Tool Woodwind Instrument Cleaning and Care Product (A04TT995) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
JBHO Heavy Base Shot Glass Set, Standard 1.5 Ounce,Set of 12,Giftable Packing for Whiskey, Tequila, Vodka and DIY • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Black Paint Markers Pens - Single color 6 Pack Permanent Oil Based Paint Pen, Medium Tip, Quick Dry and Waterproof Marker for Rock, Wood, Fabric, Plastic, Canvas, Glass, Mugs, Canvas, Glass • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
Red Paint Markers Pens - Single color 6 Pack Permanent Oil Based Paint Pen, Medium Tip, Quick Dry and Waterproof Marker for Rock, Wood, Fabric, Plastic, Canvas, Glass, Mugs, Canvas, Glass • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
100 Shot Glasses Premium 2oz Clear Plastic Disposable Cups, Perfect Container for Jello Shots, Condiments, Tasting, Sauce, Dipping, Samples • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Listerine Freshburst Antiseptic Mouthwash with Germ-Killing Oral Care Formula to Fight Bad Breath, Plaque and Gingivitis, 500 mL (Pack of 2) • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96

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