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Ms. Austin from North Chesterfield VA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Sounds of Silence: Headphones for Music Students

Help me give my students headphones, splitters, and a mini-mixer for self-directed guitar practice stations.

  • $281 goal

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My Students

My students come from diverse backgrounds (95% minority), yet they are unified in the pursuit of musical excellence. Music class provides a safe community for creative, emotional, and social opportunities. Students learn employable skills like goal-setting, teamwork, and responsibility through ensemble while making lifelong friendships!

I teach at a school in central Virginia where 70% of students are eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch, and about 50% of music students speak English as a second language (current or former ESOL students)

Through the year, these talented musicians share their craft by performing for elementary students, at school concerts, and at community events. Some also play with local churches. Last school year, twenty-two students earned superior (top) ratings at the district solo and ensemble assessment.

My Project

My guitar classes need headphones to turn amplifiers into self-directed "silent" practice stations. Because I have multi-level classes, these stations are necessary for simultaneous independent practice and large group rehearsal in the same space.

Through your donation, our traditional music classroom will transform into a modern technology-assisted music classroom for the digital age.

Unlike cheap dollar store earbuds, these kid-friendly, over-the-ear headphones offer noise cancelling capability. My students will be able to hear themselves over the noise of our busy music room without cranking up the volume to unsafe levels.

Included in this project are 6' audio cables so that students can plug in at a standing or seated distance. I've also included a mini mixer for "silent" musical collaboration. Please help me to provide materials for these eager musicians!

Ms. Austin
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
BestGot Kids Headphones Girls Boys Over Ear with Microphone for Kids Adult in-line Volume with Transport Waterproof Bag Foldable Headphone with 3.5mm Plug Removable Cord (Black/Purple) • Amazon Business $17.99 3 $53.97
BestGot Over Ear Kids Headphones for Kids Boys Adult with microphone In-line Volume, Included Cloth Bag, Foldable Headset with 3.5mm plug removable cord (Black/Blue) • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
[Upgraded version] BestGot Headphones for Kids Boys Over Ear kids headphones with Microphone In-line Volume With Transport Cloth Bag Foldable Headphones with 3.5mm plug removable cord (Black/Red) • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
BestGot Headphones with microphone for Kids Adult with Microphone In-line Volume, Included Transport Waterproof Bag, Foldable Headset with 3.5mm plug removable cord (Black/Green) • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
BEHRINGER MICROMIX MX400 • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Insignia? - Dual 3.5mm Mini Headphone Jack Splitter - Black • Best Buy Education $1.32 10 $13.20
Insignia? - 6'3.5mm Mini Audio Cable - Black • Best Buy Education $0.88 12 $10.56
SIENOC 6-Way 3.5mm Stereo Audio Headset Hub Splitter Up to 5 Headphones to iPod MP3 Player Music Sharing Device with Stereo Cable White • Amazon Business $3.41 2 $6.82

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