Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2021-22

Submitted by: Scott Courtney Email: Grade Level: 6-8 Subject: Music
Co-Applicant: Email: Grade level: Subject:

School: Punta Gorda Middle School Type: Public Grade Levels:6-8 County:Charlotte

Approx. Enrollment: 1250 Number of teachers:65

School Address:

1001 Education Avenue
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950

Phone: 941-575-5485 Principal:Justina Dionisio Email:


Project Title: The Digital Music Project
Project Dates: 9/30/2021-5/20/2022 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :Music- Technology- STEM -

The intent of this grant is to further develop our digital and technical component for our middle school music program. This grant would allow the purchase of hardware to augment a previous Terra grant from 2018. The purchase would be two electronic mallet stations that would allow students to create, arrange, practice, and perform their student works. As the pandemic continues, the need for additional virtual resources has proved essential. These grant purchases will assist with programs and lessons that can be replicated at the students home should they be absent. This hands on, active education is an essential quality to the virtual learning component and also beneficial for in person learning activities.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
The digital music project is innovative because our music curriculum has been mostly based in traditional methods of music learning and performance. This project will allow students to access, understand and synthesize music in the digital realm and format. This will be accessible to students at home and in the classroom and is a significant and innovative addition to our traditional curricular tools.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
This project will fit into our curriculum by addressing many of our standards. Adding a digital component to our instructional model will allow greater accessibility and flexibility to apply our curricular standards. The six standards mostly targeted through this project are: MU.912.C.1.1 Apply listening strategies to promote appreciation and understanding of unfamiliar musical works. MU.912.C.2.1 Evaluate and make appropriate adjustments to personal performance in solo and ensembles. MU.912.C.2.2 Evaluate performance quality in recorded and/or live performances. MU.912.C.2.3 Evaluate one’s own or other’s compositions and/or improvisations and generate improvements independently MU.912.H.1.3 Compare two or more works of a composer across performance media. MU.912.H.2.4 Examine the effects of developing technology on composition, performance, and acquisition of music. These standards will be met and explored through students creating, sharing, analyzing, and evaluating their performances and musical assignments. It will allow comparison between works, recordings, and different performance mediums and methods. This project will also allow students to develop critical listening skills that lead to musical appreciation and understanding of musical works.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
This project will encourage long-lasting change in the classroom. Student musical experiences and perceptions often extend through their schooling and adult life. By exploring a more hands on approach through digital tools, students can gain a deeper understanding of these lessons and be able to explore at home, or through future years. Students will learn the skills to play, record, and evaluate music that will translate into lifelong learning. This project will depend their comprehension and appreciation by having tools that can be utilized long after class time is complete.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
Currently we have a digital recording option that involves acoustic instruments. Our current technology requires in person activities to develop literacy, performance, and critique of performance. The addition of synthesized, computer based learning instruments will enhance learning and provide the additional resources for home practice or in the event of absence. In short, this project will bring greater accessibility to technology from the students’ homes. These digital instruments will allow the students to arrange, mix, and refine musical selections in our practice rooms, but also have applications for home use.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
Evidence will be based in a digital portfolio shared through our learning management system of Canvas and our school web page. There will also be a presentation of our digital learning lab at our in persons concerts. Written assignments will also help check for understanding of our learning objectives and state standards. This will help entail that all students, even those at home absent and virtually present, will be able to participate and be assessed in formal and informal settings.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
This project will be shared with our community in multiple formats including our morning TV news show, presentations at concerts, school social media, and public formats such as school board meetings or for community based groups. This will be in the form of audio and video performance utilizing these digital tools and our digital lab.


Service/ Item Description Cost
Pearl 3.0 Octave Electronic MalletStation Controller     (2 quantity) $2200,00
Pearl Mallet Station Storage bags (2 quantity) $270
Pearl Mount for EM1 Mallet station (2 quantity) $42
Midi and Audio Cords $75
Total Cost of Project $2,587
Total Requested from TERRA $2,587
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I, Scott Courtney, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Justina Dionisio,the Principal of Punta Gorda Middle School and any other individuals required by my school district.