Music is beauty for the ears, so create an environment for learning music that is pleasing to the eyes as well. The addition of decoration to your music classroom will not only enhance bleak classroom walls, but it can also serve as learning aids and inspiration. Whether you purchase decorations, make them yourself or have students help make them, your music classroom will come alive with their addition.
Interactive Music Bars
Create an interactive music scale that hangs across a wall. You can use a large sheet of white felt with black music bars sewn onto it. Separate felt cutouts of sharps, flats, clef symbols and music notes with Velcro glued to their backs; they can then be attached and removed from the musical bars, allowing students to write short music pieces for one another to play.
Hang practical, useful posters on the walls. This could include chord charts, scale charts or explanations of various musical notations. Whether you buy these posters or make them yourself, make sure that they have decorative flair. If they have quality illustrations and fonts that are elegant and easy to read, they can contribute to an aesthetically pleasing and informative environment.
Hall of Musical Fame
Make one wall a hall of musical fame. Each year, allow students to nominate and vote on two or three musicians or music genres to be featured. Throughout the year, collect memorabilia or posters related to that musician or genre, and mount them on the wall. For extra credit, have students create fact sheets, time lines or music theory analysis about the musician or type of music. Require students to choose at least one modern and one historical musician or genre each year.
Start a music instrument collection, or bring an existing one into the classroom, for decoration. Students will be intrigued by unusual, old, obsolete or folk instruments, especially if they are still playable. Hang playable instruments lower on the walls, so they can be reached and played on occasion. Hang delicate, precious or broken instruments higher up, where they can be admired but not damaged.
- Photo Credit class room image by DBarby from Fotolia.com musical notes a treble image by Alexandr Shebanov from Fotolia.com synthesizer image by Harald Soehngen from Fotolia.com tuning the ukulele image by Shirley Hirst from Fotolia.com
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