Well, that is all changing this school year. I have finally decided to get my act together and make a magnificent music room! And I am sharing everything I have made with you.
I hang recorder fingerings below the chalkboard/whiteboard in the front of the classroom. I snazzed up my fingerings this year by printing them on scrapbook paper. Simple! And if I get tired of the way they look next year, I can just print them on different paper. You can print them, too! Just click here.
Sol-Fege and Curwen Hand Signs
I use this bulletin board more than any other. The syllables alternate in color – this makes it easy for the kids to spot which are on lines and spaces when decoding music! For example, if do is on a line, then all the other reds (mi, sol, ti) will be on a line. And the others (re, fa, la, high do) will be on spaces.
For my bulletin board, I printed out the file, cut the page in half, and taped them down side-by-side. Print out your own here!
I use the UIL Music Memory pieces as listening for grades 1-5. I always hang the names of the pieces on my cabinet doors so we can do relay races. I split the kids into teams, play one of the pieces, and the kids have to race across the room to slap the piece they hear. It is super-fun. Here they are for you to print!
Rules, Rewards, and Consequences
My rewards and consequences are the same as always. The kids love getting bragged on! For tough classes, I usually let the kids who are listening go without shoes for the day, but I don’t put that on the official poster. I have to have some secrets! If you want to use my rewards and consequences, here they are.
To keep track of class behavior, I use a little tool I read about in Southwestern Musician a few years ago. I have letters that spell out “music” on magnets. I hang them at the top of my chalkboard. If there are more than a few kids not following a standard classroom norm (talking when I am talking, moving around the room), I take down a letter. If they lose all five letters, they have had a bad day, and I tell their teacher. Works really well! If you want them in the same font – here you go!
What Time is It?
I hang this by my clock. I got it out of a book when I first started teaching music, and I have used it ever since! The sign goes above the clock, and I hang different time signatures all around the clock itself. Learning even when they don’t want to…take that, kids!! You can print the sign here…the time signatures aren’t in the link, though.
Signs, Signs, Everywhere There’s Signs!
These are sort of boring, but necessary in my room! I have made up just some basic signs to label different things. If you want them, you can have them!
Instrument Family Signs
Who’s Out (for my sign-out white board)
Numbers (for cabinet labels)
Storage, Curtains, and Labels
My room has been really dusty since our custodian’s hours have been reduced. I decided to make heavy canvas curtains for my instrument shelves and computer cart. I added ric-rac for fun and drew on some designs with sharpies. I like the way they came out! Once I get all of my instruments out of their summer storage closet, I plan on making dust covers for my bass instruments.
Like everyone, I have a million pins on Pinterest. I am on a mission to actually USE all those good ideas. Here is one almost all my teacher friends have pinned:
It is a great idea from PreKinders.com. I tromped on down to the Dollar Tree (ahhh, Dollar Tree) and bought myself some dollar boxes (ahhh, dollar boxes). I covered them up in the same scrapbook paper I am using everywhere else. Voila!
And, finally, here is my take on the cereal box magazine file. So simple! So cheap!
Our school theme this year is Peace, Love, Learning. That means you will be seeing a lot of tie-dye around the school this year. Not in my room. I am going for the traditional hippie look…washed out floral patterns and nature themes. And I am going to stop shaving this year. Gotta go for the authentic flavor.
The font I used is Pussycat. The paper is just a double-sided pack from Michael’s.
How are you getting ready for the school year? Do you have a bulletin board for ME? Send it over!