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Ms. Coleman from West Jordan UT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

What's a Story Without Sound Effects? #3

My students need cymbals, cabasas, guiros, story books, and solfa rhythmic cards for creating digital storytelling with our overhead computerized sound system.

  • $803 goal

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My Students

I service the budding, little Mozartians from preschool age to 6th grade at two schools. As their music teacher, I'm always figuring out ways to lead them through "the mystery of music class” with joy full of surprises. Our students become fluent in Singlish as they enter the wondrous land of Sing-a-Lore each day. They come away dancing, singing, and moving to music comprehending the phrasing, structure, and timing behind it. They explore the textures of sound while learning the symbols, style, and art behind it. Their beat work causes their minds to expand, and their focus to increase while feeling its elements. They learn to incorporate all kinds of subjects from literature, spelling, math, history, and science while enjoying the beauty of the arts surrounding them.

My Project

Story books come to life with wonderful illustrations in the background projected digitally through an overhead computerized set-up combined with creative music making! Guiros create the movement, for instance in, "100 Marching Ants." Cymbals and cabasas enhance the chorus for, "The Day the Crayons Quit" and "King Bidgood in the Bathtub," and the rainforest sounds in, "The Great Kapok Tree."

Digital storytelling will be ever the more compelling with the added sound effects of the cabasas, maracas, guiros and cymbals!

Timing and dramatics will be developed as the students word smith and rhyme key points into songs and choruses from story books. Mixing and arranging will be a fun adventure as they experiment with sound possibilities, discovering how much is too much or what more they might add to make just the right combination with other instruments. Rhythm can be learned and mastered combining solfa rhythmic cards with story book words.

Once polished, students will then record their ideas and share them with other classes making their creations last beyond just a one-time performance. They can influence others through their innovative story making, heightening social justice issues as a movie or play might do through sound enhancement and enlarged dramatics while showing pictures onscreen!

Ms. Coleman
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Suzuki Musical Instrument Corporation CY-2 8-Inch Crash Cymbals - 1 Pair • Amazon Business $27.50 4 $110.00
Conversational Solfege, Level 2 Flashcards • Amazon Business $79.93 1 $79.93
RT8000 Cabasa • Woodwind and Brasswind $27.99 2 $55.98
Conversational Solfege: Teacher's manual Level 2 • Amazon Business $47.95 1 $47.95
Conversational Solfege, Level 1 Flashcards • Amazon Business $40.93 1 $40.93
Mexican Maracas - Handpainted Wood Large Size - (11" x 3") 1 Pair • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
Wooden Guiro Shaker • Woodwind and Brasswind $14.05 2 $28.10
Father Grumble (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $16.91 1 $16.91
The Tailor and the Mouse (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $15.03 1 $15.03
There's a Hole in the Bucket! (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $15.02 1 $15.02
The Crabfish (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $14.44 1 $14.44
Risseldy, Rosseldy (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $14.25 1 $14.25
Jennie Jenkins (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $14.16 1 $14.16
The Derby Ram (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $14.16 1 $14.16
There Was a Man and He Was Mad (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $13.91 1 $13.91
The Other Day I Met a Bear (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $13.67 1 $13.67
Listen to the Birds: An Introduction to Classical Music • Amazon Business $13.67 1 $13.67
Pictures at an Exhibition • Amazon Business $13.44 1 $13.44
The Frog and the Mouse (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $13.44 1 $13.44
The Day the Crayons Quit • Amazon Business $12.09 1 $12.09
Over in the Meadow • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
Firebird • Amazon Business $11.80 1 $11.80
Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards)) • Amazon Business $10.45 1 $10.45
The Crayons' Book of Colors • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Clara Schumann: Piano Virtuoso • Amazon Business $7.35 1 $7.35
One Hundred Hungry Ants • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95

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