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Ms. Rodkey from North Little Rock AR is requesting musical instruments through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Uke Can Do It - The Ukulele Experience!

Help me give my students a classroom set of quality set of ukuleles so that I may provide them with the experience of learning their first stringed instrument in the classroom and broaden their musical knowledge.

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Celebrate Black Teachers and Students

This project is part of the Black History Month celebration because it supports a Black teacher or a school where the majority of the students are Black.

My Students

I teach a very diverse group of students, many of whom come from a low-income household. Despite the adversity these students face, they come to school with a smile on their face every day and they strive for excellence each time they walk through our doors.

We have amazing students who love performing for each other in the music classroom and in various school-wide programs throughout the year.

In the music classroom we enjoy singing, dancing, playing instruments, read and write music, and explore many different genres.

Many of my students never get to experience the world outside of the community they live in, so I am dedicated to providing my students with the best music education possible and encouraging them to explore the world around them through music.

My Project

As a music teacher, one of my main goals is to provide my students with meaningful performance experiences both in and out of the music classroom. Many of my students have expressed interest in learning a musical instrument and I completely in support of this; learning an instrument is a wonderful experience as it can help students to learn a sense of hard work, perseverance, creativity, and confidence-building. However, the majority of my students come from low-income households and their families simply cannot afford the cost of an instrument to keep in the house. For many of my students, the only time they are able to express themselves musically is when they are in my classroom.

Having a set of ukuleles in my classroom for students to be able to learn and perform with would be such a positive addition my school community!

There are limited types of instruments in my classroom that I have enough for every student to own. Typically students would learn recorder during their time in elementary school, however with the COVID-19 pandemic it is unclear if or when this will ever be a possibility again. Learning ukulele would be a fantastic replacement to this hole in the curriculum, or an additional experience for students should learning recorder ever be a viable option again.

With a set of ukuleles for my students, the possibilities for music creation and exploration would be endless. I can only imagine the excitement on my students' faces if they were to have the opportunity to learn this instrument, make music together as a class, and perform for their school community. Please consider donating to this project; you would be making such a difference in these incredibly deserving students' lives!

Ms. Rodkey
Grades 3-5

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MU40 Soprano Ukulele • Woodwind and Brasswind $29.99 25 $749.75

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