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Mr. Mott from Worcester MA is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Up Beat to Alternative High Music Studio

My students need their complete mind SET; three cymbals to total focus. We need a drum hardware pack, drum machine patterns, drum sticks and more.

  • $661 goal

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My Students

I'm a music teacher at all levels. Friday is music at the highschool. I keep myself open to teaching my students whatever is of interest to them, available and needed for their greatest and highest good. My goal is to give students a love for music and hopefully create a mentally, physically and soulfully healing outlet.

Music brings inspirational happiness to my students and to all who listen and watch us perform…despite the hardships; students come with big smiles and leave with a strong confident BEAT in their step and a warm healthy loving song in their heart.

With children arriving from all over the World, the population is very diverse, high poverty inner-city, low-income households. Many have experienced trauma and carry significant emotional/behavioral concerns.

But you wouldn’t know that by their excitement and enthusiasm when I walk into their presences.

“MUSIC TIME!!!!” “Can we play…,” “I just heard this song!!!” “Can you listen to my new cool beats!?!” “What do you have for us today?!” “I am going to be a famous musician!!!” “Check this out!!!” “Did you see my new music video?”

And that’s just walking down the hallway and running into any one of my fabulous musicians.

My Project

This project represents the UP-BEAT to a small recording studio for an alternative high school. The goal is to open our HI-HATS, CRASH through the emotional walls to find the inspirational SUSPENDED bridge that allows us to make a huge SPLASH into the world around us. Then RIDE it all the way to success.

The universe has been speaking and it is saying, "boom boom ta tat ta tat tom tom ba boom ba boom snare snare snare floor tom snare snare boom boom boom boom tom tom tom t t t t tom snare roll roll roll crescendo crescendo crescendo AND ________!!!"

For the past few years, I have been given incomplete drum-sets from owners who wish to hand them down for others to use. Unfortunately, they came without the cymbals, stands and other hardware. So our drumming usually ends with someone saying "Crash!" What we do have...three incomplete drum-sets pieced together made of bass, snare, high-medium-floor toms. The items we seek will help complete these much appreciated donations and bring life back into these instruments.

I am a traveling teacher certified in K-12 music/SPED. I have many plans for these cymbals that could touch many students musical hands in many schools for as long as these cymbals last. WSWFZC (what sounds would Frank Zappa create) if he had cymbals rather than two bi-cycles on The Steve Allen Show March 4, 1963? "What does music say? -a composition activity using cymbals and found objects for striking rubbing rolling brushing." One on one music sessions would provide a student in the throes of hardship to take a mental, physical and soulful time out from his/her troubles and perhaps allows some sort of positive energy to break down their walls. And the end product...a recording of greatness!

Mr. Mott
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Meinl Cymbals HCS141620+10 HCS Pack Cymbal Box Set with 14" Hi-Hat Pair, 16" Crash, 20" Ride, Plus a FREE 10" Splash (VIDEO) • Amazon Business $199.99 1 $199.99
Union DHWP4001 400 Series Drum Hardware Pack • Amazon Business $129.99 1 $129.99
Vic Firth Drum Mute Prepack with Mutes Sized 12, 13, 14, 16, 22 Inches, Hi-hat and 2 Cymbal Mutes • Amazon Business $60.83 1 $60.83
Gibraltar SC-CMBAC Medium Cymbal Boom Attachment Clamp • Amazon Business $27.01 1 $27.01
Zildjian Cymbal Mallets, Natural • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
14 Packs 7pairs 5A Natural Drum Sticks,Wood Tip Drumsticks with Waterproof Bag(Maple) • Amazon Business $20.97 1 $20.97
On Stage Maple 7A Wood Tip Drumsticks 12 Pairs • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Pangda 1 Pair 5A Drum Sticks Classic Maple Wood Drumsticks Set 1 Pair Drum Wire Brushes Retractable Drum Stick Brush and 1 Pair Rods Drum Brushes for Jazz Folk, Total 3 Pairs with Storage Bag • Amazon Business $15.98 1 $15.98
200 Drum Machine Patterns • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
260 Drum Machine Patterns • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74

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