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Mr. Mc Donald from Adelanto CA is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Soundscapes in the Drama Classroom

My students need drama percussion instruments such as a Djembe drum, cajon, and bono-tuned tongue drum to enhance performances with sound effects.

  • $1,166 goal

This project expired on June 20, 2018.

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My Students

Our parents send their very best students to our school. They are creative, resilient, resourceful, full of life and energy. Our students are on track for being our world leaders, doctors, lawyers, merchants, laborers, and purveyors of the arts. They represent our society to come, and every day is an honor to work with them.

Our students are energetic, eager to learn and express themselves through the multifaceted subject of drama.

They reveal their hidden talents and abilities daily.

My Project

Percussion instruments have a long history of lending sound effects to skits, plays, performances, and learning. A students knowledge base starts in the classroom. Students will use these instruments to add audio cues for actors and add a dramatic effect to skits they work on in the classroom. Some students prefer instruments over acting and this collection allows them the freedom to explore their talents.

These instruments are the backbone and infrastructure of student performance.

When deciding on projects for, I select items that will benefit many students over years of service, and not just one season. The cajon is two-voiced (two heads - one snare, one natural) and of quality build, and the African Heartwood promotes a local economy for artisans in West Africa. The Djembe comes with a goatskin head for a more natural tone. The bono-tuned tongue drum will add tonal effect, is simple to use, and adds unusual sound to our soundscape.

It has been a great honor to receive all the items from All the projects have made a great difference in student learning and my teaching. More importantly, it makes my classroom a much more enjoyable space, which can be heard in my students' voices. I feel like has been instrumental in supporting our drama elective and an important tool to enrich a deeper, more meaningful understanding of drama in my students.

Mr. Mc Donald
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 160 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hand-carved Djembe Drum From Africa - 14"x25" Oversize with Big Bass • Amazon Business $259.95 1 $259.95
A Tempo Percussion Dos Voces (Two Voices) Cajon with Free Gig Bag • Amazon Business $245.00 1 $245.00
Pearl PMTD8AKB688 8 Note Tongue Drum A Ake Bono • Amazon Business $183.94 1 $183.94
Donner 10 Key Kalimba Thumb Piano Solid Finger Piano Mahogany Body DKL-10 • Amazon Business $28.00 1 $28.00
Latin Percussion 5" x 12" Metal Guiro with Scraper Instrument GUIRO-512 • Amazon Business $26.95 1 $26.95
Promark MT3 Multi-Purpose Felt Mallet • Amazon Business $25.46 1 $25.46
Latin Percussion LP1-5 Standard Flexatone • Amazon Business $25.01 1 $25.01
Togo Seed Rattle - African Seed Pod Shaker • Amazon Business $21.95 1 $21.95
World Percussion USA FR08N Deluxe JUMBO 8" Wood Frog Guiro Rasp - Musical Instrument Tone Block, Brown • Amazon Business $20.18 1 $20.18
Nino Percussion NP-1 Claves & Egg Shakers Pack • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Timber Drum Co. T2HP Made in USA Hard Polymer Mallets for Energy Chime, Xylophone, Wood Block, and Bells • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Timber Drum Co. TMD2 Made in USA Soft Rubber Mallets for Timber Drum, Marimba, and Xylophone • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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