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Ms. Bristol from Chicago IL is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Ukuleles For Music: A Modern Band Experience

My students need 6 electric ukuleles, mini amps, and ukulele and piano repertoire books to create a modern band to take their performance skills to the next level!

  • $1,216 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I am fortunate enough to have the privilege to teach approximately 570, wonderfully gifted, developing musicians in my K-8 charter school. My school is comprised of 99% Latino/Hispanic students and supported by their families, most of whom live under the poverty line, yet come to school every day with a smile on their faces willing and eager to learn.

The focus of my music class is to become lifelong lovers and learners of music and to have an opportunity to express themselves and their lives in a healthy, safe, and supportive environment.

To achieve this goal, all students have music twice a week where we focus on learning songs, musical instruments, develop their theory skills, and learn about how music performance and history relate to their lives outside of school. A large focus of our curriculum for the upper grades is project based learning and working and learning from peers to achieve their goals.

My Project

Both during and after school, I teach my students grades 4th-8th how to play the ukulele. We perform music covers and at concerts to solidify our skills with the ukulele. Students also participate in ukulele club, where students voluntarily stay after school to further hone their skills. Ukulele is a fantastic instrument for students to play to learn musical concepts and provides students with skills to play other instruments. Currently, we use a class set of soprano ukuleles to accomplish this. Unfortunately, the class set of ukuleles we do have are very old and when shared between a group of 370 students, they go through a lot of wear and tear, even though my students are very careful with the instruments.

By getting six new high-quality ukuleles in the different sizes (soprano, 2 concerts, tenor, bass, and ubass) my students will have a higher quality instrument to perform with and have more possibilities to perform music.

Each of the new ukuleles are acoustic/electric which means students will be able to amplify their performance through the mini amps included in my request and connectivity accessories. This will allow students to perform in larger spaces, outdoors, and use effects in their playing. Getting appropriate repertoire books will also help students by giving them music to play on both our current ukuleles and the new ones we will be getting. My students are always excited to play the ukulele and practice their skills. With all of these new materials, students will be able to create ukulele bands, a fun and exciting opportunity that represents a modern and unqiue performance-based general music classroom!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Lohanu Ukulele Cutaway Electric Concert With 3 Band EQ With All Accessories Included! • Amazon Business $89.99 2 $179.98
Donner DUB-1 30 inch Electric Bass Ukulele Mahogany Body with Case • Amazon Business $165.00 1 $165.00
Danelectro Honeytone N-10 Guitar Mini Amp, Aqua • Amazon Business $23.75 5 $118.75
Lohanu Ukulele Cutaway Electric Tenor Size With 3 Band EQ With All Accessories Included! • Amazon Business $109.99 1 $109.99
Caramel CB103 30 Inch High Gloss Zebra Wood Baritone Acoustic Electric Ukulele With Truss Rod • Amazon Business $99.99 1 $99.99
Electric Ukelele Solid Mahogany Ukulele 21 Inch Soprano With Free Online Course 8 Packs Beginner Starter Kit (Gig Bag Picks Tuner Strap String Cleaning Cloth Instruction Book Gift Box) From AKLOT • Amazon Business $64.99 1 $64.99
Fender Performance Series Instrument Cables (1/4 Straight-to-Straight) for electric guitar, bass guitar, electric mandolin, pro audio • Amazon Business $12.88 5 $64.40
Planet Waves 9V Power Adapter • Amazon Business $6.96 5 $34.80
The Daily Ukulele: Leap Year Edition for Baritone Ukulele: 366 More Great Songs for Better Living • Amazon Business $27.19 1 $27.19
The Disney Collection (Piano - Vocal - Guitar Series) • Amazon Business $16.56 1 $16.56
Selections from Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: Early Rock to the Late '60s (Easy Guitar TAB) • Amazon Business $16.02 1 $16.02
Rolling Stone Easy Piano Sheet Music Classics, Vol 2: 34 Selections from the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (<i>Rolling Stone</i>(R) Easy Piano Sheet Music Classics) • Amazon Business $15.77 1 $15.77
Jumbo Easy Piano Songbook: 200 Songs for All Occasions • Amazon Business $15.69 1 $15.69
The Big Book of Broadway, Fourth Edition • Amazon Business $15.49 1 $15.49
Contemporary Disney: 50 Favorite Songs (Piano-vocal-guitar) • Amazon Business $14.67 1 $14.67
First 50 Popular Songs You Should Play On Piano • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
First 50 Songs You Should Play on Ukulele • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Easy Songs For Ukulele Supplementary Songbook To Hal Leonard Ukulele Method • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39

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