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					                Grant Proposal

Orff Instruments for (Sample) Elementary School
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                                   Student Achievement Grants


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       public school teachers in grades PreK–12,
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Part I: Applicant Data Sheet
Please complete the data sheet and include it with each copy of your application. For your
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Part II: Narrative and Budget

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The first page of the narrative must be on the letterhead of your institution. Proposals not
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    5. Provide a line-item budget for the proposed work. Your request must total $5,000.
       Identify any additional support (cash or in-kind) that will be provided by other sources.
Mail the original and one copy of your application to

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The NEA Foundation
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       Proposed goals for student achievement are challenging and rigorous
       Proposed work engages students in critical thinking and problem solving
       There is alignment between goals, assessment, activities, and budget

The NEA Foundation may allocate a number of grants based in part on geographic


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       Complete all required information on the data sheet.
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                                   Summary of Grant Proposal

       To get students to learn to appreciate music, Ms. (Sample) and Ms. (Sample), along with

other staff at (Sample) Elementary School, will implement Orff instruments into their classes.

(Sample) does not have a music program. Teachers set aside class time for music instruction.

There is no budget for music education, so it is impossible to purchase musical instruments.

       Music goes beyond entertainment values; it promotes students’ academic achievement

and cooperation efforts. The goal in receiving a set of Orff instruments is to have a unit on

multi-cultural music.
       For nearly a decade, (Sample) Elementary School has been without a music program. In

the small community of (Sample), students have been slipping through their primary years with

little to no music education. There is simply no budget available for this program. It has come

to the attention of the current faculty at (Sample) that without music, students are not getting the

complete education they could be getting in order for them to grow to be well rounded

individuals and to live up to their full potential. Former US President Gerald Ford said, "Music

education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them -- a world

of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends

on providing our children with a complete education that includes music." (Quotes About Music

Education, n.d.).

       Since there is currently no music program at (Sample) Elementary School, teachers have

been conducting music lessons near the end of the school day three times a week. To assist in

teaching music, we would like to purchase a set of Orff Instruments. This set includes four

glockenspiels, four metallophones, and seven xylophones. The Orff program is organized and

structured and has many lesson ideas, which will help the teachers in leading music education

where there is no curriculum in place.

       Carl Orff was a composer and teacher of music. He developed a simple approach to

learning music in which the students are actively engaged. Orff’s approach is to allow students

to freely participate in music by listening, feeling, moving and composing music (The Orff

Schulwerk, n.d.). His ideas about music education are that music is an individual experience and

will be different for each child. We, the faculty, at (Sample) Elementary School believe The
Orff Approach is ideal for our students because it meets their individual needs. Having the Orff

set of instruments would open the doors to many possibilities for music education at (Sample).

        Students at (Sample) love instruments! To get students playing instruments without

having a budget for music, we have created our own tambourines, rhythm sticks, shakers and

sand blocks for use in our music time. The children get so excited when we take out the rhythm

instruments for part of the music lesson. They are very enthusiastic and would remain highly

interested and motivated to have music lessons if we had the musical xylophones, glockenspiels,

and metallophones that the Orff set includes.

        According to school records, since 1999 when the elementary school music program was

cut, the participants in middle school and high school music programs have decreased. The high

school’s band has dropped from 56 members to 22 since 1999. In ’99, the middle school choir

boasted 32 members out of a total student population of 201. In 2007, the same middle school

choir has dwindled to 8 members out of a total student population of 212. These declines are at

least in part due to the cut of the elementary school music program. If students are not exposed

to music in school, often times they do not receive any type of musical education outside of

school, which causes them to have no desire to participate in band or choir during their

secondary years of schooling. Giving students the opportunity to experience music in school

enhances their academic performance in many ways and it develops their ability to do team


        “Since I have been taking music in school, I am able to concentrate better and follow

along with even the hardest things we learn,” Nine-year-old (Sample) attendee Meredith told me

(personal communication, October 15, 2008). One of the reasons we want to provide music

education to the (Sample) Elementary students is because music enhances children’s academic
performance. Studies show that music education boosts IQ and test scores (Hopkins, 2007). The

best time for people to learn is in their childhood, so by introducing music at a young age,

children are more likely to perform better as they grow up and enter high school and higher

education. Music also increases students’ ability to think abstractly and critically and to be

effective problem solvers in increasing this type of thinking (Hopkins, 2007). Research studies

tell us students are better at math, puzzle assembling, and spatial arrangements as a result of

taking music training and/or education (Research Briefs: Did You Know?, n.d.). Using a variety

of music techniques, like musical instruments, voices, rhythm instruments, listening, writing

music, and analyzing music, add to the students’ capacity to think critically and abstractly. It is

so important for students to have proficient critical and abstract thinking skills if they are to be

individuals who contribute to their societies.

       Another academic reason that music education is a priority to our faculty is because it is a

universal language. Music notes have the same name in every culture. Music has melody and

rhythm in all cultures. This global similarity promotes studies beyond our borders into the lands

of other cultures, people and places. Countries have their own unique styles of music, which

would be incorporated into a unit of lessons. This is where implementation of the Orff

instrument set begins to scratch the surface of possibilities for music lessons. Once we have our

own instruments, we will study music and instruments from Germany, Africa, India, Mexico and

Russia. At the end of the unit, we will commemorate by performing a recital using a song or

dance from each culture. We have already begun this process by beginning to learn about these

cultures. A set of Orff instruments would immensely augment our learning by enabling students

to create, hear, and feel the music. Julie, who is 10 years old and a student at (Sample) said,

“Music helps you to understand people and cultures. It has a way of bringing people together. If
we study music we can enrich these skills and become better citizens and hopefully have a better

world,” (personal communication, October 15, 2008).

       Greg, a former (Sample) Elementary student, is now 12 and in sixth grade. He says, “I

believe that music is not just an elective, but a course that teaches people how to live together. It

teaches teamwork, leadership, open-mindedness, respect, and mostly, joy,” (personal

communication, October 14, 2008). Music education promotes team work and cooperation.

Music is performed in group settings (especially in elementary school) more often than not –

bands, duets, plays and musicals, choirs, or orchestras. “The success of these kinds of

performances depends of the cooperation of a group of individuals,” (Yoon, 2000, p.31). The

music performed in our elementary school involves group practice and working together. If one

student is singing louder than the rest when he/she should not be, it causes a disruption in the

song. Likewise, if only a few people were singing when the whole group was supposed to be

singing, it causes a disruption in the song. Our homemade rhythm instruments are the same

way—each student has to be aware and considerate of his/her neighbor when playing these. The

involvement of students in musical groups during the music lesson develops their social skills,

which is also beneficial for students later in life as it prepares them for participating in

community music groups if they so desire (Jones, 2007). Each person

       According to the Gallup Poll entitled “American Attitudes Toward Music” conducted in

2003, 88% of Americans believe that participating in music is vital to an elementary education

(Quotes About Music Education, n.d.). As far back as Ancient Greece, Plato and Aristotle

believed that music had the power to influence children’s development. The children of

(Sample) Elementary School believe that music is an important and fun part of their days at

school. Countless research studies conclude that music is proven to effectively improve
students’ academic performance in school. Music will provide a channel for students to

outsource their creativity and energy, and a set of Orff instruments would be fundamental to the

music program. Music and the addition of instruments will give children the skills to grow up to

be well rounded citizens of their communities. These children are the future educators, police,

governors, doctors and leaders. Gregory Anrig, the President of Educational Testing Service

said, “The things I learned from my experience in music in school are discipline, perseverance,

dependability, composure, courage and pride in results. . . Not a bad preparation for the

workforce!” (Music Advocacy’s Top Ten Quotes, n.d.).

Heimonen, M. (2008). Nurturing towards wisdom: Justifying music in the curriculum.

       Philosophy of Music Education Review, (16)1, 61-78.

Hopkins, G. (2007, February 26). Making the case for music education. Retrieved from


Music advocacy’s top ten quotes. (n.d.). Retrieved from


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Quotes about music education (n.d.). Retrieved from


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Westerlund, H. (2008). Justifying music education. Philosophy of Music Education

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Yoon, J.N. (2000). Music in the classroom: its influence on children’s brain development,

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                                       Line Item Budget
Pricing information for items for purchase was found on the following website:


Sonor Global Beat Set of 15 Orff Instruments…………………………………...………$3,897.00

Sonor Global Beat Set of 5 Orff Instruments…………………………………………….. $922.50

Basic Beat Orff Xylophone/Metallophone Dust Covers (20 @ $16.96-17.95 ea)………. $349.00

                                                                              TOTAL: $5168.50*

*The $168.50 above the $5000 grant limit will be financed by fundraisers the students have been

conducting. They have earned $99.75 so far, and can raise the other $68.75.

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