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Mrs. McGinty from Moab UT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Students Love to Play Music!

Help me give my students a broad variety of books about music, so they may learn to sing, play instruments, and write their own songs.

  • $494 goal

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My Students

Growing up in a tourist town can be difficult. Wages are low, and most jobs are seasonal. Many of the beloved children here are either transient or have parents who work two, or even three, jobs to support their families throughout the year.

Despite these setbacks, the diverse K-6 students in our high-poverty school are eager to learn and ready to take on the world.

At our school library, we strive to support their natural curiosity, enthusiasm, and thirst for knowledge. They are our future leaders, and we love them for it.

Unfortunately, funding can be difficult, especially in a low-income school in a tiny, remote, seasonal town like ours. While our library does what we can with what we have, sometimes extra help is needed. This is why we turn to you.

My Project

The music section in our library is old, dusty, and out-of-date. While many of the books describe various instruments, none of them teach students how to actually play them. Many of the books discuss how fun it is to sing, yet none of them provide lyrics and music. And, most frustrating of all, while many of the texts reference songs that were popular when the books were first published -- mostly in the 1970s-1990s -- they are not relevant to our students, all of whom were born in the 21st century.

We would like to remedy this by updating the music section in our school library.

We want students to flock to these shelves in order to learn how to play instruments, sing their favorite songs, and write music of their own.

In addition, we want this section to provide resources for teachers who would like to integrate music into their own classrooms.

To this end, the books on our list include high-interest, easy-to-read manuals for learning a variety of instruments. This way students may check them out, take them home, and learn to play on their own. We are also requesting books with sheet music, so students can widen their repertoire of songs, and so classes can use them to liven up lessons or to put on performances. To top it off, we would love to receive a few books about writing lyrics and producing songs, so our most creative students can apply what they know about music to developing their own.

Together we can help our students cultivate a knowledge of -- and love for -- music.

Thank you.

Mrs. McGinty
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Giant Book of Classic Rock Sheet Music: Easy Piano (The Giant Book of Sheet Music) • Amazon Business $18.81 1 $18.81
The Giant Book of Pop & Rock Sheet Music: Easy Piano (The Giant Book of Sheet Music) • Amazon Business $17.44 1 $17.44
Broadway Sheet Music Collection: 2010-2017 • Amazon Business $16.37 1 $16.37
The Giant Country Piano Sheet Music Collection: Piano/Vocal/Chords (The Giant Book of Sheet Music) • Amazon Business $16.04 1 $16.04
The Library of Piano Classics • Amazon Business $16.02 1 $16.02
Rolling Stone Easy Piano Sheet Music Classics, Vol 1: 39 Selections from the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (<i>Rolling Stone</i>(R) Easy Piano Sheet Music Classics) • Amazon Business $15.66 1 $15.66
Contemporary Disney: 50 Favorite Songs (Piano-vocal-guitar) • Amazon Business $15.63 1 $15.63
Beginning Songwriting: Writing Your Own Lyrics, Melodies, and Chords • Amazon Business $14.74 1 $14.74
Guitar: The First 100 Chords for Guitar: How to Learn and Play Guitar Chords: The Complete Beginner Guitar Method • Amazon Business $14.15 1 $14.15
2017 Greatest Pop & Movie Hits: Easy Piano • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
Learn to Play the Drumset - All-in-One Combo Pack: Complete Instruction from Beginner to Advanced • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
The Giant Book of Christmas Sheet Music: Easy Piano (The Giant Book of Sheet Music) • Amazon Business $13.07 1 $13.07
Alfred's Teach Yourself to Play Guitar: Everything You Need to Know to Start Playing the Guitar! (Teach Yourself Series) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Songwriting: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure: Tools and Techniques for Writing Better Lyrics (Songwriting Guides) • Amazon Business $12.31 1 $12.31
How to Be a DJ in 10 Easy Lessons: Learn to spin, scratch and produce your own mixes! (Super Skills) • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
How to Play the Flute: Everything You Need to Know to Play the Flute • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
The Big Book of Disney Songs: Violin • Amazon Business $11.04 1 $11.04
How to Read Music: Fundamentals of Music Notation Made Easy • Amazon Business $11.03 1 $11.03
Kids Rule!: Box Office Hits for the Elementary Player • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Kids Rule! Box Officce Hits for the Elementary Player • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
How To Play Keyboard: A Complete Guide for Absolute Beginners • Amazon Business $10.76 1 $10.76
Easy Classical Violin Solos: Featuring music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi and other composers. • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
How To Play Banjo: A Complete Guide for Absolute Beginners • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
How to Play Ukulele: A Complete Guide for Beginners • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
Easy Pop Melodies: for Violin • Amazon Business $9.32 1 $9.32
Kids Rule!: Box Office Hits for the Elementary Player • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Suzuki Violin School: Violin Part, Vol. 1 • Amazon Business $8.63 1 $8.63
Alice Parker's Hand-Me-Down Songs • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Selections from Star Wars for Recorder: Book Only (Music Is Fun) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Christmas Favorites for Recorder • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
How To Play The Harmonica: A Beginners Guide to Learn How To Play The Harmonica • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Essential Elements for Strings: Book 1 with EEi (Violin) • Amazon Business $5.62 1 $5.62
It's Recorder Time • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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