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Ms. Graham from Bridgeport CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Pro Tools? I'll Come To School!

Help me give my students music production experiences by giving them Pro Tools music recording software for their lab computers.

  • $750 goal

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My Students

My students come from a large underprivileged city and underfunded school system where poverty, violence, and a lack of basic necessities; are obstacles that can easily detour them away from their education... leaving them disengaged, frequently tardy or chronically absent. I am in awe of the fact that their surroundings and varied hardships, do not dim their enthusiasm for education once they are here.

One hundred percent of my students receive free lunch and an unbelievable 53% of my students are failing this 2018-19 school year due to attendance!

While my students often struggle to verbalize or write about on paper what they think or feel, they are able to express feelings through music whether they are singing, playing, dancing to it or creating it. Einstein said, “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” I believe Einstein was not just describing himself, but each one of my students.

My Project

Over the years I’ve discovered the most disengaged students will re-engage IF you can just figure out what it is they are interested in or like to do. I have a group of students who are only interested in music production and engineering but we don't have the proper software installed on our computers to give them a realistic experience!

53% of my students are failing because of chronic absenteeism and school policy that states, five absences in a class, automatically change a student’s grade to an F!

Getting Pro Tools software would allow these chronically absent students to learn production skills while using software that is popular in the music industry now. This project is hoping to change the failure rate of these students, by giving them the opportunity to physically do what they are passionate about NOW, producing music. They will become engineers/producers for V.O.I.C.E. Change projects and students throughout the entire school. The catch? They will have to come to school in order to book and keep studio time!

Through V.O.I.C.E. Change donors choose projects, which stands for Visioning Opportunities, Impacting Communities, Encouraging CHANGE; we have gotten everything from chairs, tables, microphones, headphone splitters, headphones, interfaces, mini recording booths, soundproofing, and sound systems.

I believe this project will reengage students and increase their attendance while developing new real-world skills that will help them build new relationships. I thank you for your support.

Ms. Graham
Grades 9-12
More than half of 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
Pro Tools 2018 Software for Teachers/College Students (Boxed) • Woodwind and Brasswind $299.00 2 $598.00

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