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Mrs. Tillman from Winder GA is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Time to Chime

My students need a 16 note Choirchime set to learn about melody and chords while practicing large kinesthetic movements.

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My Students

Our school just got much smaller this year as a new school was built nearby to relieve overcrowding. Lots of changes were made and different programs were moved around between the schools in our county. Subsequently, we have acquired Pre-K classes that are a little scary to me because I have taught older grades for 25 years.

Our Pre-K students are in a new environment, as I am also, teaching them music.

We will learn together! What little I know about Pre-K is that they learn hands-on and they need lots of tactile experiences and feedback to gain and retain information. I'm very excited about learning how to teach this age group.

My Project

My little ones do not yet play the basses, guitars and mandolins but I still want them to have a variety of experiences in music making and beat keeping. They get lots of time on our tubano drums and small percussion instruments. I've tried to do the melody bells with them (small lap xylophones but with metal bars) but it's quite the disaster. I'll spare you the goriest of details, but suffice it say that what's "played" in the room isn't very recognizable as any song you've ever heard, at least not outside of a nightmare. There are too many notes they have as choices and the bars are small requiring them to have fine motor control, which they do not have yet. The mallet tops flail about like hail bouncing off the roof of a car in March. Little ones aren't beat competent enough yet to play a cogent sounding song.

These ChoirChimes requested in this project is a set of handheld, one-note instruments that are played with a large arm motion which is perfect for the little ones.

We can play the chord name (D,G,A) at the start of each line and learn how to count the phrases. We can also move into chiming on each beat while they move and sing. This will help them identify different sections in music while becoming beat and phrase competent. If you've ever seen a handbell choir (people wearing gloves while chiming one bell... think Hershey's Kisses Christmas commercial with the song "We Wish You a Merry Christmas), these instruments are a more easily played (and harder to destroy) version of the handbells. We hope to incorporate them into concerts as well as in the classroom setting.

Mrs. Tillman
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 100 students.

11 donors have given to this project.

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16 Note Choirchime Classroom Set • $795.00 1 $795.00

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