As you may remember, this year we chose to raise some funds for music education projects through Donor's Choose. We've gotten our final batch of thank-you notes in the mail and wanted to share all of the good work that you've done with you. Donor's Choose is a great charity because the funds go right to specific projects posted by teachers. We focused on music education projects because we know what a huge influence programs like band, choir and orchestra had on members of the Eagles when they were in school. We're hoping to help create the next Joe Walsh, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Timothy Schmit, Bernie Leadon, Randy Meisner or Don Felder. Please scroll down and read the thank you notes right from the kids. They are hilarious (and super cute). Thanks again to all who participated. We have really great photos of the kids and their instruments, but because of student privacy / safety concerns, we can't share them outside of our donor's choose account. Just know you made a bunch of kids, very happy.
More Cowbell Please (Riverside Highschool, Oakland, IA)
We helped to buy: auxilary percussion instrucments like an aluminum round shaker and black beauty cowbell.
The teacher says:
Thank you so much for your generosity towards our band program! As the band continues to grow, so does our need for instruments. Our auxiliary percussion instruments have seen many hands playing them these past 20 years. Because of your donation we can replace the cracked, worn, and broken instruments with new ones. Students will be introduced to new literature, including world music, with the opportunity to play these new instruments in our ensemble.
Thank you again for your donations and supporting music at our school!
With gratitude, Mrs. Brandon
We're Ready to Rock Just as Soon as We get Instruments (a high school in Tennessee)
We helped to buy: 3 acoustic guitars
The Teacher Says:
Thank you so much for your generous donations that led to the purchase of 3 guitars for my high school General Music Class. These guitars, along with others that have been donated, have dramatically transformed our class. Before, we had limited access to instruments, but now every student in my class is learning to play and love music through the use of these guitars.
My students were very excited and several talked excitedly about the all the songs they wanted to learn. So far, their motivation has been very high and we're well on our way.
On behalf of my students, thank you for helping us realize our dreams!
Thank you letters from the class
Little David Blow Your Horn (A school in New York)
We helped to buy: 3 Student Trumpets
The Teacher says:
Thanks you so very much for the trumpets that you donated to the school. The students were very happy to receive these instruments. I have a band that plays with flute recorders and brass instruments. So many times the flute recorder students would watch the others brass instruments and ask me, "when they will get to play the trumpet or trombone." Well, thank you for making this possible.
The School Band performs at various school and community programs. I have written various arrangements of songs such as "Jumpin At the Woodside," "Lambada", and Merry Go Round Waltz" to which the trumpets are played. We will certainly appreciate and take care of the trumpets for years to come.
With gratitude, Mr. Jenkins
Band Bassoon and Opportunity
We helped to buy: A bassoon
The Teacher Says:
The students have been having a fantastic experience with our new bassoon! They were not familiar with the instrument and never really had a chance to see one. Giving them this opportunity has truly been an educational experience. From explaining the role the instrument plays in the band to actually playing it, the students have all said that it is a cool instrument to have! Since receiving the instrument one of my students has begun learning how to play it and is already nearly caught up to the rest of the band who began at the start of the year. It is always fun to see a new student learn how to play Hot Cross Buns and the excitement on their face when they accomplish it! Overall, the impact on the entire band has been sensational with all my students being able to experience and hear a wide variety of instruments. Of course, we sound better as well. Thank you to everyone who generously helped out my students!
With gratitude, Mr. Auz
Left Handed Rockbands Unplugged
We helped to buy: A left-handed acoustic bass
Thank you very much for donating to our project "Left Handed Rock Bands Unplugged". My students were very excited when the left-handed basses arrived at our school. "On Point!" was heard in the room...
These instruments help all of the students in my rock band class because we have many left-handed students in the class almost one in each band! Now the lefties get to play guitar and bass and practice as much as they want and not share instruments.
I am thrilled to continue to teach this class, because I see how much it engages students of all levels and in various stages of maturity. Amazingly enough, students who are in this class work harder at their other classes, because they need to maintain an overall C average in order to play on stage. Taking part in this class helps them in many aspects, as well as learning to love great music!
With gratitude, Ms. Paakkari
Read Thank-You Letters from the Students
Serious About the Recorder
We helped to buy: 21 Recorders for an elementary school in Florida
The teacher says:
Your generosity has positively impacted the music program at our school and the students in which I teach. Recorders are used on a regular basis and have provided an opportunity for my 3rd graders to be expressive in their music making. We have been studying improvisation all year and have been using the recorder as a tool for their creativity. Students have been playing the soprano recorder since January and have been improving steadily for months. The recorders you provided leveled the learning curve for our beginning students and helped them find success quickly. Having a quality instrument that is well-made, easy to play, and great sounding is a blessing and has kept frustration levels low!
My students love the recorders!!!! They are so proud of their accomplishments and recently showcased their talents in a concert for their parents. The performance was fantastic and their parents were very impressed. Following the concert, students happily made thank you cards for you with drawings of themselves playing the recorders on stage. They are making memories that they will keep forever!
We will continue to use these instruments for many years to come as many more students learn to play this beautiful instrument. Thank you for opening your heart to our students and for choosing to support music education in our schools. Thank you for your kindness. You are a treasure!
Read Thank You Notes from the Kids