How to Set Up Your Music Class

This is my music classroom.

As you can see, I keep a clear aisle down the middle of the room.

This is especially important when I need to go help a student with an instrument problem.

I set up the chairs to form three rows of five on either side of the room. Each row has three music stands but a few extra stands are off to the side of the room if needed.

I really love this percussion section. The bass drum is huge and a little bit ridiculous. I don’t use it very often in my regular music classes because it is so loud and booming. But the drum kit is absolutely gorgeous.

I set up a keyboard section. The closet one belongs to the school, the one in the middle is the first keyboard I ever bought. It is a Yamaha PSR-510 and it cost me close to $1,000 back in the early 90s. Times sure have changed.

I found that air organ at a thrift shop earlier this year for $4.99. It has chord buttons for the left hand and has a great sound. I need to find a more appropriate stand for it, but it works for now.

I’ve been doing some collaborative improvisation with one of my classes and I also include two xylophones in this section. I will write a post about that unit very soon.

I will also be writing one about the routines and procedures I have in place for my music program. So make sure you come back for more Teaching Tip Tuesday posts!

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