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Mrs. Brock from Montgomery AL is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

What Do We Need? Of All Things...STRINGS!

My students need new strings to make a better sound and to feel greater success in their efforts as growing musicians.

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My Students

I work at a very unique elementary school in Alabama. I call it "unique" for four reasons: 1) it is part traditional and part magnet, with about 52% of students receiving free lunch; 2) it offers 8 different arts programs to students, allowing them to discover and pursue their passion from a young age; and 3) it houses one of the only elementary public school strings programs in the state of Alabama, of which I am the very proud director.

Violin, viola, cello, and string bass-- in my classroom, students have the opportunity to play any of these instruments, and the continual growth of their talent and character amazes me day by day.

My Project

My students borrow their instruments from our school, and all are good quality. Their strings, however, are not. In fact, most of the strings are much older than the musicians using them! This has a huge effect on each student's feeling of success. At least once a week, a student is raising their hand to tell me, "Mrs. Brock, I'm trying, but my string sounds weird. It looks like it is starting to break." I never tell them this, but there is often no amount of practice or effort that could fix the "weird" sound they are experiencing.

Fresh sets of strings for everyone would open up a new world of multi-faceted sound to my students, challenging them to stretch their skills to the highest playing potential of their instruments and make a sound of which they can be truly proud.

No longer would I have to tell my students, "I know it doesn't sound great, but it hasn't snapped, so let's wait" or "Don't play too loudly on this string, it can't take it." No longer would I have to search through our closets to find a poor, unused violin that might have another (old, rusty, but functional) string to give up. Every time I do this, I wonder...what will happen next year when new musicians join our Strings class, needing instruments to borrow? I know I will search our closets for more, but many will have no strings left at all--mere skeletons of what they could be in the hands of one of our talented students.

The strings listed here are by no means a fix to all of our string shortage problems, but their impact on students currently playing our instruments would be immediate. (And to our future growth, enormous.)

Mrs. Brock
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Prelude Violin String Set • Woodwind and Brasswind $16.79 7 $117.53
Prelude Violin String Set • Woodwind and Brasswind $16.79 2 $33.58
Prelude Violin String Set • Woodwind and Brasswind $16.79 1 $16.79

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