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Mr. Kendall from Chicago IL is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Stories of the Orchestra

My students need a classroom Instrument Bingo game set, Instrument Picture Posters, Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts DVD set and various children's books about instruments and the orchestra as examples for creating their own children's books.

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Students in my high school General Music classroom overcome daily challenges to make it to my class everyday. Living in an inner-city neighborhood means they face violence, alcohol and drug abuse, homelessness and poverty in their everyday lives. I teach at a neighborhood school which accepts all students, regardless of test scores and behavior. Regardless of these issues, I'm inspired daily by students' creativity and resilience in the face of adversity. As you probably know, the arts are not well-funded by the state and successful music and art programs depend on support of local community and parents. Since most of the families of students at our school have limited resources, my music classroom is often left at the bottom of the list for funding in our school. Therefore, I have to be creative about getting instruments and supplies into my students' hands. One topic that always grabs my students' attention is studying the instruments of the orchestra. Because many of them didn't have regular music class in elementary school, they are often not familiar with the instrument families and the diverse timbres of each instrument. I would like to purchase various resources to help my students explore these instruments in creative ways. For aural/visual learners, we'll play instrument bingo which allows students to learn to differentiate between instruments in the same family just by listening to their timbres. For visual/hands-on learners, we'll examine posters and children's books geared toward teaching about instruments and then work in small groups to create our own instrument picture books. The end goal of this project will be to take the books to a local elementary school where my students can read them to younger students and then leave the books as resources in their classrooms. Not only will these materials increase student learning in music class, but the organization and creativity necessary to outline, compose and illustrate a captivating children's book involves a set of skills students need in order to be successful beyond high school in a college setting. I attempt to orient students to more in-depth, long-term projects that require sequential planning and pacing. It is my hope that any student who aims to succeed in college has experiences in my classroom that will benefit them to this end. Your donation to this project will allow students to see and hear examples of real instruments, rather than just talking about them theoretically. I know from experience that project-based learning far outshines textbook-based, reading, question and answer learning. Please help us make this project possible in our classroom.

Mr. Kendall
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Story of the Incredible Orchestra: An Introduction to Musical Instruments and the Symphony Orchestra Bruce Koscielniak • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Musical Instrument Bingo (Complete Game/CD) (Standard) • Woodwind & Brasswind $29.99 1 $29.99
Discover the Instruments of the Orchestra Posters (Standard) • Woodwind & Brasswind $24.95 1 $24.95
The Story of the Orchestra: Listen While You Learn About the Instruments, the Music and the Composers Who Wrote the Music! Robert T. Levine, Meredith Hamilton (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.96 1 $15.96
Meet the Orchestra Ann Hayes, Karmen Thompson (Illustrator), Karnen Thompson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.30 1 $6.30
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Book-and-CD Set Anita Ganeri, Benjamin Britten, Narrated by Ben Kingsley • Barnes and Noble $22.50 1 $22.50
Animal Orchestra: A Counting Book Scott Gustafson, Scott Gustafson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
The Philharmonic Gets Dressed Karla Kuskin, Marc Simont (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Olivia Forms a Band Ian Falconer, Ian Falconer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.36 1 $14.36
The Instruments of the Orchestra [Box Set] Jeremy Siepmann • Barnes and Noble $20.39 1 $20.39
Can You Hear It? William Lach • Barnes and Noble $15.16 1 $15.16
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra Andrea Pinkney, Brian Pinkney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic • Barnes and Noble $134.99 1 $134.99

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