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Mrs. Shirley from Rocky Mount NC is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Revive an Orchestra, Help Musicians Thrive!

Help me give my students instruments and supplies they need to make beautiful music.

  • $805 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

A sudden move brought me to a new town in a new state in the spring of 2019. The orchestra I came to teach had been without a teacher from August until March when I arrived. A substitute teacher had provided worksheets detailing the parts of the instruments and the basics of reading music, but the students had not opened their instrument cases all year. Many of my students live in neighborhoods with boarded up houses and run-down buildings. The majority of our school’s student body qualifies for reduced-cost or free lunch based on their family’s income.

Resources are limited, but my music students eagerly waited many months for a teacher, and now they are highly motivated and learning fast.

Their dedication is evident in their willingness to stay enrolled in music program even without a certified music teacher in the classroom. Parents and administration are very supportive; now all we need is some help acquiring much-needed resources, such as instruments and auxiliary supplies.

My Project

My project seeks to provide materials that will help my orchestra students grow and thrive as musicians. There are three basic categories for the materials we need - instruments, supplemental supplies, and a teacher resource book.

I have excited students who desperately need a working instrument to take home to practice.

The school does not own quite enough violas to assign one per student, so they are not able to take them home at night. Two new violas will meet that need.

New bows, rosin, and replacement strings for the school will alleviate the same issue for my violin students - the school owns enough violins to cover the students, but the violins are not playable without working bows and strings. These supplemental supplies will mean more students can take instruments home to practice.

The teacher resource book is an important tool for streamlining pedagogy and basic skills in class. It will allow me to see all parts at once and quickly address specific challenges for each instrument. The book also provides online resources, including accompaniment tracks and supplemental music for advanced or struggling students. Finally, tuners will make it easy for beginning students to tune and maintain their instruments, teaching an important skill and saving class time for moving forward on our music.

Mrs. Shirley
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Prelude Series Viola Outfit • Woodwind and Brasswind $139.99 2 $279.98
Student Brazilwood Violin Bow • Woodwind and Brasswind $19.99 4 $79.96
Essential Elements For Strings Teacher's Manual (Book 1 with EEi and CD-ROM) • Woodwind and Brasswind $54.99 1 $54.99
FT-1 Pro Clip-On Tuner • Woodwind and Brasswind $9.99 4 $39.96
Select Brazilwood Viola Bow • Woodwind and Brasswind $29.99 1 $29.99
Student Brazilwood Violin Bow • Woodwind and Brasswind $19.99 1 $19.99
Prelude Violin String Set • Woodwind and Brasswind $16.99 1 $16.99
Prelude Violin String Set • Woodwind and Brasswind $16.99 1 $16.99
Violin and Viola Rosin • Woodwind and Brasswind $3.99 4 $15.96
Prelude Violin A String • Woodwind and Brasswind $4.99 3 $14.97
Prelude Violin D String • Woodwind and Brasswind $4.90 3 $14.70
Prelude Sereis Viola D String • Woodwind and Brasswind $6.99 1 $6.99
Prelude Series Viola A String • Woodwind and Brasswind $6.99 1 $6.99

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