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Ms. Graham from Bridgeport CT is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

You Feeling Me, Rhythmically?

Help me give my students a cajon, cajon drumset, claves, woodblocks, rainsticks, a slap stick and guiro in order to make learning to read music rhythmically more engaging and culturally accurate.

  • $1,353 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students come from a large underprivileged city and underfunded school system where poverty, violence, and a lack of basic necessities are obstacles that can easily detour them away from their education, leaving them disengaged, frequently tardy, or chronically absent. I am in awe of the fact that their surroundings and varied hardships do not dim their enthusiasm for education once they are here.

One hundred percent of my students receive free lunch and an unbelievable, 53% of my students started the 2018-19 school year failing due to attendance!

I am hoping this will be one of a few projects to make the beginning of this year different. My students may struggle to verbalize or write about on paper what they think or feel, but they are willing to try. Often they express feelings through music: singing, playing, dancing to it, or creating it. Einstein said, “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” I believe Einstein was not just describing himself, but each one of my students.

My Project

While their love of music is strong, over 95% of my high school students reach me without any music reading knowledge at all! It is often difficult to push music reading literacy on them at this age and that is the reason for this project.

The students in my classroom represent Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Burkina Faso, but as diverse as they are, our percussion instruments are not.

I believe adding musical instruments that represent my students culturally to our music reading exercises will increase student engagement dramatically. This will make learning to read less painful and culturally more relevant. The requested instruments including a cajon, cajon drumset, woodblocks, claves, rainsticks, a slapstick and guiro will be used during our 5-10 minute reading exercises.

Ms. Graham
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Cajon Drum Set with Cymbals and Hardware • Woodwind and Brasswind $599.99 1 $599.99
Pickup Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate • Woodwind and Brasswind $299.99 1 $299.99
African Hollow-Body Claves • Woodwind and Brasswind $24.99 2 $49.98
LP243 Super Guiro • Woodwind and Brasswind $42.86 1 $42.86
Rainstick • Woodwind and Brasswind $34.99 1 $34.99
T-2501 Slap Stick • Woodwind and Brasswind $27.99 1 $27.99
Wood Block • Woodwind and Brasswind $16.99 1 $16.99
Rainstick • Woodwind and Brasswind $14.99 1 $14.99
Wood Block • Woodwind and Brasswind $14.99 1 $14.99

Materials cost

$1,102.77

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$16.54

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,149.31

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$202.82

Total project goal

$1,352.13

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,352.13

5 Donors

-$1,347.72

Donations toward project cost

-$1,149.31

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$198.41

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$4.41

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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