I am really excited about some of the big progress that's happened in my room so far and I wanted to share with you! I'll add in some explanations with the "before and after" pictures so you can try and understand my thought process of what I put up and why. Along the way just click any picture that you want to enlarge.
Front of the Room
Moral Focus- Every month my school focuses on a different character trait or "moral focus." I created this set of posters to display every month to help reinforce the new character trait. The set highlights nine different character traits and gives two examples of famous musicians (one "classical" and one contemporary) for each value. We've already had "Wisdom" for September and now "Respect" for October. Yet to come is Gratitude, Self-control, Perseverance, Courage, Encouragement, Compassion, and Integrity. I love that I can show the pictures and tell a story about a classical and a contemporary musician who exhibit the character trait. This month, Haydn and Aretha Franklin help to explain the concept of (you guessed it) R-E-S-P-E-C-T! When reading through the posters with kids I get to reinforce the moral focus trait AND I get to sneak in a little musical history and music listening. Get the Moral Trait Year-long bulletin board set HERE.
Note Neighborhood- The Note Neighborhood is the system I use to teach my students rhythms. I realized early on that my students were having trouble learning and internalizing all the notes and the note values. I'm the kind of person who love to learn through telling a story so I started to develop little stories and characters for each of the note. For instance, why does the half note get two beats? Well, the "Sassy Half" gets two beats because she has such a big personality and is so sassy. She snaps her fingers and waves her arm and takes up two spaces. I created a set of powerpoints, flashcards, and supplementary materials to help reinforce the various notes and the kids went wild over it. Each new note has a back story, funny voice, or history. I use the Ta-ka-di-mi note system but I also made all the PowerPoints in the "tika-tika" system as well. The kids ask all the time, "are we going to the Neighborhood today?" I love that kids love the notes because of the Note Neighbors! To learn more about the Note Neighbors, click HERE. OR you can also download one of the Note Neighbor PowerPoint files and check out exactly what's involved. Get the FREE starter PowerPoint and see what it's all about HERE.
Strings things- Along with teaching K-5 general music at my new school I also teach beginning orchestra, advanced orchestra, and two sections of guitar methods. There's a lot of information for a non-strings person like me to remember. And so this bulletin board set is as much for me as it is for the kids. I added a poster with the strings for each instrument as well as the clef/notes that they read. It's already been one of the most helpful reference bulletin boards I've made for the room. As I said, I'm not a strings person, so while I can absolutely figure out alto clef it doesn't come automatically yet. The posters help to make that information readily available for reference.
I Can Statements- What room would be complete without an "I Can" board? :D The I Can Posters are intended to help each student understand the point of every lesson and know what skills they should be able to do at the completion of that lesson/unit. The statements follow the older National Music Standards (Thanks NAfME!) and the numbers move around to match the standard we're working on. Numbers K-5 are color coded to match the Silver-Burdett "Making Music" book series. You can get the I Can Bulletin Board set for FREE at this link.
Right side of the room
Instrument Storage and Classroom Rules- My school colors are lime green, orange, blue, and grey so of course I had to get these buckets/containers at the Dollar Tree in the exact perfect shade of lime green. Love them! The classroom rule posters I made a couple of years ago. If you'd like to read about what I do with the rules, how I present them to children, and why I think they're important you can follow this link to my blog post about Classroom Rules.
Form Wall- I talk so much about form with kids and reference it so often that I just took some of the more basic forms and stuck them up on the wall. This is a great reference point any time we talk about form or are deciding what form to use as we create music together. There's nothing special to these form posters, I just printed out the letters and stuck them on shapes that I had made out of construction paper. The duck at the beginning is for the "intro-DUCKtion," an idea that I stole from my amazing student teaching cooperating teacher, Debbie Gray. Debbie has her own website and book (because she's so fabulous). You can find here HERE. If you want the form letters but don't want all the work of going into Microsoft Word to print the letters and cutting out construction paper you can get this form letter FREEBIE from me. Just print out, laminate, and you're done!
Back of the Room
front door - hallway
Composer of the Month- What room would be complete without a composer of the month?! I love the composer of the month sets from Sara Bibee and have been displaying them forever! So easy to print out and customize for any month and cheap! You can look at her whole line of COTM sets HERE.