Tech-Facilitated Individualized Music Instruction by Leigh Bagwell, Spring Branch Education Foundation verified non-profit

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Launched Dec 07, 2016
Ends Jan 25, 2017
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Category: Music
Class Size: 400
Grade: K - 5th 

My elementary music students love creating and performing, but it takes a background in note reading and ear training to study an instrument.  Because of the high mobility rate at my school, children come to my class with varying levels of musical abilities.  As a result, I utilize work stations in my classroom where I can give each student attention and address their individual needs.  Seven Fire Tablets at $99.99 per unit would go a long way toward helping me do that.  I’m requesting the “Kids Edition” tablet for the increased durability and parental controls.  These will pass through the little hands of hundreds of students a week, and I need to be able to easily manage what they can access.  I am asking for seven tablets specifically because for students to have enough time to rotate through each work station in the course of a lesson, they must be divided in to groups of 6 or 7.

I am fortunate that the textbook my district has adopted comes with a subscription to a corresponding interactive website, but without classroom technology my students are missing out on this valuable resource to further their music education.  The games on the website focus on one state music standard at a time and give the kind of immediate feedback which only a computer can offer.  There are other websites and many apps which would reinforce or supplement my lessons on piano, guitar chords, recorder flutes, or composition.  Data collected from these sessions will guide my lesson planning to ensure I am meeting the needs of the class.  Using tablets in this way will free me up to devote more attention to individualized instruction of instrument performance.

Most American adults regret not learning to play a musical instrument.  It is so important for me to provide a solid foundation at the elementary level so that my students will have the passion and musical knowledge to take advantage of one of the many performance opportunities afforded to them in middle school and beyond.

If we do not meet our goal...

If I do not meet my goal I will purchase as many of the Fire Tablets as I can with what is raised, and recorder flutes with whatever is left over since that is an essential supply for elementary general music of which we could always use more.

Suggested Investments


Halfway There!

This would cover half the cost of one tablet. Just one tablet would be used by dozens of students and have a major impact on my classroom!
Invest $50


One Tablet

Your investment of $100 will buy one of the seven tablets that my classroom needs. Because I teach the entire school, many students would benefit from this single device!
Invest $100

Leigh Bagwell

Music Teacher, Spring Branch Education Foundation

I teach music to every student at my elementary school in grades K through 5. My students love creating and performing music and dances, and that is what inspires me to try my best to provide them with the skills and tools they need to do so.

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Houston, Texas

The Spring Branch Education Foundation is committed to helping Spring Branch ISD realize its mission: to provide every student a quality education in a safe environment. Who is the Spring Branch Education Foundation?
The Spring Branch Education Foundation was founded in 1993 to create voluntary financial support for Spring Branch ISD and to support its mission of quality education. The Foundation provides donors with a vehicle for making approved, tax-deductible gifts to SBISD. In 20 years, the Foundation has raised over $8,000,000, and has received a Houston Business Promise Award from the Greater Houston Partnership.

Check's in the mail!

February 10, 2017

I was so excited to hear that the check is in the mail!  As soon as the district adds the funds to my class account, I'll be ordering the tablets.  Thanks again for the donations!


I can't wait!

Brock Meaux
Stephen Caldarera
Richard Lorenc
Michael Miceli
Michael Stewart

Leigh Bagwell January 24, 2017

Uncle Michael, speaking for myself as well as my students, I want to thank you for your contribution to my classroom! I can't wait to introduce these new resources to my students.

Leigh Bagwell January 24, 2017

Mike, thank you for your donation. Your support is appreciated.

Michael December 23, 2016

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

Leigh Bagwell December 14, 2016

Richard, thank you so much for your donation! You are making a difference in my classroom.

Leigh Bagwell December 8, 2016

Mr. Steve, My students and I are so grateful for your donation to our classroom!

Leigh Bagwell December 7, 2016

Thank you so much for your contribution, Brock, and also for helping spread the word!

Brock December 7, 2016

Good luck!

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