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Ms. Dennis from Sacramento CA is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Sound of Music!.. ABC to Do Re Me

My students need 100 recorders, cleaning rods and zipper bags to go beyond the walls of books and integrate the sound of music with the common core curriculum.

  • $595 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Sugar, spice, and everything nice! When you enter Ms. Dennis' classroom, you are getting a taste of a special gumbo. My gumbo contains a mix of cultures such as African-American, Hispanic, Afghan, Hmong, and Native Hawaiian, to make a savory and decadent class. I am honored to teach a very diverse group of kids.

I work at a school, with a high poverty rate, in Sacramento, California.

Many of my students are learning English as a second language. We help students strengthen their reading fluency and become literate with a new language as well. Each student is an important ingredient of this gumbo, but we need the tools to make this taste great; we need the tools to make them successful.

My Project

The true beauty of music is that it connects people. Music not only connects people, it also connects learning. The recorders will be used as a supplemental tool to develop major content areas.

Students will learn the fundamentals of music and life.

Gradually, they will identify, read, and play musical notes and signs by sight. Sight reading skills are required in English Language Arts reading to generate fluency. Also, students will develop a trained ear which translates into listening skills critical for comprehension and collaborative conversations. Naturally, the musicians will perform different genres and cultural musical arrangements at school functions. With continuous exposure to different cultures, students will continue their path as global citizens by increasing their knowledge and awareness of cultures that exist in our school, community and world. In addition, learning a musical instrument builds teamwork, confidence and responsibility.

Therefore, the recorders not only teach music, they will also teach supporting skills like sight reading, listening, teamwork, responsibility, build student confidence and awareness of other cultures. Theses skills are vital in supporting standards-aligned content and developing life skills.

Ms. Dennis
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 80 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Soprano Recorder Value Bundle 100-Pack • Woodwind and Brasswind $269.95 1 $269.95
Deluxe Flutophone Zipper Bag • Woodwind and Brasswind $0.85 100 $85.00
Plastic Flute Cleaning Rod • Woodwind and Brasswind $4.95 15 $74.25

Materials cost

$429.20

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$39.27

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.44

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$504.91

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$89.10

Total project goal

$594.01

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$594.01

9 Donors

-$465.19

Donations toward project cost

-$402.91

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$62.28

match offer

-$120.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$102.00

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$18.00

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$8.82

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$0.00

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