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Mrs. Ellis from Greenville NC is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Where Words Fail, Music Speaks

My students need additional musical instruments in order to learn and grow from successful music experiences.

  • $317 goal

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My Students

ADHD, Autism, Apraxia, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder are all disabilities that I see every day. I am a board-certified music therapist serving students with special needs within a public school setting.

I serve approximately 200 students each week, and they all respond to music!

These students need additional rhythm instruments to use during music therapy sessions in their classrooms.

These students receive specially designed instruction, support, and services to meet their unique learning needs. I adapt their education lessons that teach various subjects, such as reading, math, writing, science, social studies and social skills and write songs that help them learn the educational content.

During music therapy sessions, students with disabilities have abilities! Each student CAN participate! Students have the opportunity to play various rhythm instruments during music therapy and we work on stimulating creativity and imagination, increasing impulse control and attention span, following directions and increasing receptive and expressive communication.

My Project

Music speaks to many of the students that I have the privilege to work with. The students present with a wide range of abilities within their disabilities.

The rhythm instruments and resources that I am requesting for my students will greatly impact their abilities to learn and grow through musical experiences.

While moving to music with the multicolored scarves, students with a variety of abilities are also working on hand-eye coordination, impulse control, following directions, participating in a group and imitating fine gross motor movements.

When shaking the maracas or tapping the Lummi sticks to a beat, students are also working on grasping and manipulating the instruments, taking turns, imitating, and enhancing their fine motor skills.

The velcro wrist bells help students with limited fine motor control grasp and shake the bells to participate with the other students.

The cabasa, clatterpillar and agogo are all instruments that students are drawn to because of their sound and sensory feedback. Students who need encouragement to participate and interact often choose the motivation of these instruments.

The boomwhackers and resource books will allow older students more opportunities to participate in groups on a more advanced level. These student groups will use the instruments to work on problem-solving, taking turns, being active listeners and increasing impulse control and engagement.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 400 students.

3 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kids Clatterpillar • Amazon Business $14.99 3 $44.97
Lummi Sticks (24-Pack) • Amazon Business $34.09 1 $34.09
Boomwhackers® C Major Diatonic Scale Set (BWDG) • Amazon Business $26.97 1 $26.97
Boomin' the Basics: Reinforce Fundamentals with Boomwhackers and Other Classroom Instruments • Amazon Business $26.18 1 $26.18
DEALIKEE Band Wrist Bell, Multi-Color Musical Rhythm Toys Wrist Bells and Ankle Bells Wrist Foot Bell Instrument Percussion Orchestra Rattles Toy. (14 PACK) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Rhythm Tech RT 8002 Piccolo Cabasa • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Fun With Boomwhackers! • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Aspire Musical Instruments Egg Maracas Kids Eeducational Toys, 10 Pcs • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Wooden Agogo Kids Music Wooden Rhythm Toy Percussion A-Go-Go Guiro 1-Bell 1-Tone with Solid Handel & Beater Fun Instrument Rhythm Percussion (1 Tone with ditch) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Outus 14 Pieces Dance Scarves Multicolor Juggling Scarves Rhythm Band Scarves, Square • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49

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