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Mrs. Murphy from Billings MT is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Tools to Explore Melodic Movement

Help me give my students instruments and manipulatives to explore melodic movement in general music class.

  • $335 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach general music to students in grades K-5 at a public elementary school in the Heights area of Billings, Montana. Due to space constraints within my school building, I do not have a separate music classroom. Instead I push my needed materials around on a cart and go into each individual classroom to teach music.

My students are eager to learn more about music and improve their skills as musicians.

They look forward to their music time each week and love making music with their singing voices and on instruments.

My Project

A crucial learning target in general music class is understanding how melody moves. This could be high and low pitches or even scalar movement (do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do). To more effectively teach melodic concepts to students in primary grades, it is important for them to recreate the melodic movement with their bodies, use music manipulatives like ribbons or scarves, or even play instruments like step bells or boomwhackers.

Students absolutely love waving scarves or ribbons and playing instruments.

These tools may be used to effectively reinforce melodic movement while creating an enjoyable learning environment for students in general music class. It's a win-win situation!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
RIBBON WANDS RAINBOW 36'' SET OF 6 • School Specialty $13.84 5 $69.20
C Major Diatonic Scale Set (Upper Octave) Boomwhackers Tuned Percussion Tubes • Woodwind and Brasswind $19.99 3 $59.97
12 Colored Scarves • Woodwind and Brasswind $18.48 3 $55.44
Step Bells C-C Diatonic • Woodwind and Brasswind $34.99 1 $34.99
Octavator Caps 8-Pack • Woodwind and Brasswind $7.99 3 $23.97

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