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Mrs. Cervantes-Hickman from Kalamazoo MI is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Strumming for Success: Ukelele Tuners Needed

Help me give my students a valuable skill in learning to use a tuner for their ukeleles. This will help them grow in musicality, aural listening, and musicianship as they grow into responsible musicians.

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My Students

My students are located in the diverse city of Kalamazoo, MI. We are a highly ranked school in our district that values educational merit. Students at my school cover a wide range of economic and social backgrounds. With an increase of sensory issues, I am seeing a need to provide more movement opportunities in my classroom with limited obstructions.

Our elementary 's musical education program is based on developing musical skill as well as rhythmic and body awareness through movement.

My Project

My elementary school recently acquired thirty new soprano ukeleles from a Kalamazoo Community in Schools grant. This has been a wonderful opportunity for my 3rd-5th grade students to learn about harmony and how to accompany their singing voices. My students have enjoyed our beginning lessons and are eager to learn more. They love playing ukelele!

Currently, we are in need of fifteen tuners to assist in instrument maintence and musicianship.

As of right now, it takes me at least 30 minutes of prep time, or sometimes 45 minutes of prep time, to individually tune all of the ukeleles before the students arrive in the morning. Often, when we start to play in class, the ukelele drops in it pitch again due to frequent use and classroom temperature. The ukeleles also need to be tuned during class, eating roughly 10 min of our 30 minutes of valued instruction time. I would like to use this time to teach more technique skills and have playing time for the students.

I am asking for a total of fifteen ukelele tuners so students can learn to tune the ukeleles independently. After being shown specifically how to use the tuners and maintain their instruments, students will share and build their acoustic knowledge, listening for pitches and matching tones to be in tune for performance. This skill is a lifelong skill, as musicians who play string instruments need to be able to tune their instrument independently. Then we can spend more time playing our ukeleles.

Mrs. Cervantes-Hickman
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

This project will reach 250 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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FT-1 Pro Clip-On Tuner • Woodwind and Brasswind $8.99 15 $134.85

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