For over 30 years, March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) as Music In Our Schools Month, when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. Of course, music is YOUR focus year-round, but March has become recognized as an exciting month for music educators and students alike.

Take Advantage of Crowdfunding

One way you can really take advantage of this focus on music education is by creating a project on DonorsChoose.org. If you haven’t heard of this organization, they are a crowdfunding website that exists exclusively to help public school educators get funding for projects – from science to sports to reading and of course, music and the arts. But to prepare for March and the focus on school music, you want to be sure to get a project started on DonorsChoose.org now!

Don’t worry – it’s easy. Simply visit DonorsChoose.org and follow their simple instructions to start a project. You’ll want to have a plan in place to promote your project among your network and community, to increase your odds of getting fully funded and receiving your requested items. If you need some guidance on this, read this article to learn more about getting funding through crowdsourcing.

If you need some inspiration for projects you could create, browse these great products that are perfect for classrooms and young musical students!

Studio 49 Series 1000 Orff Xylophones Diatonic Soprano – students will love sitting on the floor to play these xylophones. These lightweight and easy-to-store instruments are fun and have great sound!

Yamaha YRS-24B Soprano Recorder – these classic recorders combine tone, intonation, and ease of playing to make them number one in their class. Suitable for more advanced players as well as beginning students and very affordably priced. Create a project requesting enough of these for your entire class.

Lyons Classroom Guitar – these beautiful classroom guitars from legendary classroom instrument brand Lyons are affordable and provide an entry-level guitar to help get your students on the path to becoming classical guitarists.

Mitchell MU40 Soprano Ukulele – kids and adults alike love ukes! The easy-playing Mitchell MU40 Soprano Ukulele puts fun in everyone's hands. Another great item to create a classroom DonorsChoose.org project.

Sonor Global Beat Soprano Metallophone – students will love playing on these Sonor metallophones. The note name is stamped in the middle of each bar and inside of each resonator chamber for easy pitch recognition and easy, correct bar placement on the instrument to help students learn quickly.

Woodwind & Brasswind and School Music

Woodwind & Brasswind is a proud supporter of Music In Our Schools Month and of DonorsChoose.org. If you have any questions about how you can take advantage of these programs, reach out to our school music experts at 800.346.4448. We can discuss your classroom needs and discuss how to make your budget dollars go further with our everyday music educator discounts, lease/purchase programs, and bundles.