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Mrs. Hessenius from Independence MO is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Tickle the Ivories!

My students need a piano keyboard, three headphones, three primer books, a surge protector and an extension cord.

  • $283 goal

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My Students

"If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing." - J.M. Barrie. Research shows that music lessons help students succeed in academics and life. By providing group piano lessons, we can help open doors for students to have an opportunity to learn a skill and fly.

My students live in poverty with nearly a 90% free and reduced lunch rate.

They do not have the ability to afford piano lessons. So many of them long to take lessons, but often turn away devastated when they discover there is a fee. My kids love music and would benefit greatly from taking this love to a higher level. Group piano lessons will give these students an opportunity they would ordinarily not receive.

My Project

The students will sign up on a first come, first serve basis for an after school club. This club will rotate quarterly to accommodate as many students as possible. The students will each have their own keyboard to practice on during the clubs with headphones so as to not interrupt other students while practicing. As the students learn and perform a song, either for the teacher or group as a whole, they will receive stickers showing they passed the song. The club would culminate in a recital showing graduation from the program.

My students need piano keyboards, headphones, books, and extension cords.

Donations will help my students have an opportunity that currently eludes them. These piano lessons will help train their brains to utilize both hemispheres at the same time, thus improving brain functions. These skills will transfer to other academic areas as well as encourage confidence in working towards a goal. The students will learn skills that will stay with them for life.

Mrs. Hessenius
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 30 students.

8 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Casio Inc. CTK2400 PPK 61-Key Premium Portable Keyboard Package with Samson HP30 Headphones, Stand and Power Supply • Amazon $129.95 1 $129.95
Samson HP10 Stereo Headphones • Amazon $13.61 3 $40.83
Belkin 6-Outlet Commercial Surge Protector with Rotating Plug (8 Feet) • Amazon $9.99 1 $9.99
GE 51954 12 feet Extension Cord - White • Amazon $6.99 1 $6.99
Primer Level - Popular Repertoire Book: Piano Adventures • Amazon $6.95 1 $6.95
Piano Adventures Performance Book, Primer Level 2nd Edition • Amazon $6.50 1 $6.50
PreTime Classics: Primer Level • Amazon $5.50 1 $5.50

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