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Help Crestmont School Buy Amazing Instruments!
$1,850 raised
62% of $3k goal
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3 Years running
A message from our beloved music teacher, "Mama" Vida Bateau:
"My former school home, Beacon Day School in Oakland, is closing. Their magnificent collection of instruments known as the Orff Instrumentarium, is available for sale. They are offering the instruments to us first, before any other school is given the opportunity to purchase them. What an incredible opportunity! It includes:
- 10 xylophones 
- a full octave of contra bass bars (for you non musicians, this means that the ensemble will have a noticeable bass foundation sound which we do not have)
- a magical bass metallophone (think tuned gong)
- 3 more smaller metallophones
- 4 excellent glockenspiels. 
All of the above are on wheels, which means easy portability but even better, it means the the players are standing, giving them access to their entire body's rhythm. The year when we moved the instruments from the floor to the stands saw a huge leap in the students’ playing abilities and musical understanding. I long for this at Crestmont. 
The other instruments are:
- a chromatic bass xylophone, opening possibilities for jazz and more
- 7 child sized conga drums
- 4 bass drums suitable for parading 
- lots of hand percussion 
- more recorders and
Having used this Instrumentarium for 27 years, I can tell you that the results are beyond excellent. Kids love them because they sound good (they are very well made). Musical skills like beat-keeping, hearing multiple parts, and improvising improve rapidly. The stands are adjustable so K-8 can easily play. 
All in all, I think this is an opportunity we shouldn't pass up. To buy all this new would cost at least $12,000, but Beacon is willing to sell it to us for only $3,000.
With the new middle school (at Crestmont) opening up and students joining our band from other school, this will surely be a big drawing card. 
Thanks for your incredible support!"
Mama Vida


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