Tuesday, August 5, 2014

My Music Room Set-Up


Today I am linking up with Aileen Miracle at Mrs. Miracle's Music Room for "My Music Room Set-up." I have been sooooo excited to reveal my classroom that I have spent hours and hours updating over the summer! Thank you Aileen for hosting. I have been looking forward to this type of blog post all summer.  


I am going to warn you now...there will be lots and lots of pictures!!! Most of you know that I teach at four schools! I will just be showing one of my classrooms, which happens to be at my largest school.  This room is also the school I spend the most time in.  My other classrooms are either extremely tiny, a combined art and music room, or a room that is under construction :)  I am excited to be getting a new room at one of my schools, but we are going to cross our fingers that it will be ready by next Tuesday! Eek! 

I had plans to do a lot of blogging this summer; however, I ended up spending more time in my classroom than I thought.  Here are pictures of my classroom before I added my personal touch.  These photos were actually taken two years ago, but I really didn't change much during my first two years of teaching. I knew it was time for an extreme makeover, the Jena way! 





So after many, many hours and lots of helping hands from my hubs and my teacher BFF, Lindsey, here is the NEW and IMPROVED music room!!!! 



I am very lucky to work in a supportive school district! They allowed us to paint our classrooms this year, and the school has totally transformed! I first got rid of the 20 year old wallpaper and added a splash of paint! Ok...maybe a little more than a splash...I painted my front wall a sky blue, while the side and back walls are painted a light green.  It has definitely brightened up my dingy room and created a cheery learning and creating musical environment.  

In my classroom, I have a songbird theme.  My students are referred to as songbirds in our newsletters and social media outlets! They love it :)  My bestie, Lindsey, also incorporated a bird theme in her classroom this year.  As a result, we created the silhouette birds to 'fly' around our classrooms and tissue poms to serve as clouds.  She also inspired me to purchase and incorporate the School Girl Style silhouettes around my classroom.  The package came with a swinging girl that fit perfectly with my corner tree that my mother-in-law painted.  Check out the silhouettes and all the other adorableness in Lindsey's kindergarten classroom.  


This adorable boy silhouette was created to hold balloons, but what better way to incorporate a musical theme with a recorder in hand! I think it worked out perfectly and is placed by my door as my students say goodbye in music class.  


After searching on Pinterest, I found this silhouette girl with recorder balloons and knew I HAD to incorporate it into my music classroom! I found some old records, which happened to be kid themed, and placed the beauty on a large empty wall! I am in LOVE with the way it turned out! 


Here is another view of the balloon girl! I also painted my doors and windowsills, then added some cute curtains! 

On my other LARGE blank and boring wall, I added a display of Boomwhackers, practical and pretty! 



I simply added a strip of velcro to the wall and a small piece on the tube.  Now, students can quickly grab the Boomwhacker they need instead of me digging through a laundry basket! 





On my last wall, I cut out letters for the above picture on my Cricut machine! It is in the perfect view spot in my room for my administrators and other teachers to see the cross curricular connections of music! 



I wanted a tree in my classroom to enhance my classroom theme, but also to give the students a whimsical atmosphere.  So I added the tissue poms for leaves and created an instrument paradise :) All of my Orff instruments are placed in this corner. 



  I also added an updated bookcase with labeled containers for smaller percussion instruments.  I painted the bookshelf and added contact paper to the back. All my other instruments are stored in a closet. 



Underneath my dry erase board, I placed recorder fingering posters.  This placement is easy for students to see and provide a quick reference if need be.  

I also made seat crates that are stored underneath my dry erase board.  I created labels to attach with binder rings.  For these crates, I stored movement props, such as parachutes and scarves, puppets, and masks.  By having them in the front of the room, they are easy to access.  Not only are my items neatly organized, but I can pull these crates out for a quick spot to sit for story telling or role playing. 


Next to my board, I have a set of Solfege hand signs and my classroom rules! These are easy to see from any angle in the classroom, especially for those little troublemakers.  

To create more room for movement, I got rid of my big, hunk of metal desk and computer table.  I was thrilled to get rid of my desktop and the table with it!  After getting rid of both, I then had a minor freak out moment of "Where will I put all the little things?"  As a result, I found an adorable table/desk at Office Depot that solved my problems. 


I moved my desk to a corner of my room, and viola, here is my small, but perfect, workspace!  I gave my filing cabinets a makeover, added a homey lamp, and reupholstered my desk chair (mother-in-law to the rescue again!). 


Added some Washi tape to take this plain desk organizer to a cute desk organizer! I also added a touch of Washi tape to the edge of my desk for some cohesion :) 

For all the 'tiny' things,  I made a Teacher Toolbox on top of my bookcase!
 You can also see some more Washi tape ;) Want these labels?! There are editable ones on my TPT store here.  



Here is my new corner! Still need to add a cork board above my desk and finish that bulletin board :) 


I also have two bulletin boards completed: one is in the hallway and one is used for our class rewards system.  Found out more about them here



Thanks for taking a step into my classroom! I think my music classroom is now set-up and ready to go for the first day of school! Check out other music classroom set-ups on Aileen's blog









22 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, your room is ADORABLE! I wish I had your artistic skills....you've inspired me to add a few more cute touches to my room!

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    1. Thank you Aileen! I couldn't have done it without the help of my family and friends! It has been a long working summer, but it will be so worth it when I see the kids' faces next week. Can't wait to see what you add :)

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  2. Beautiful! Your students are going to love it.

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    1. Thank you! I can't wait for them to see it!!! Getting excited!

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  3. I have been anxiously waiting this post of yours! You've added so much since my last time in your room, and I love seeing it all put together. I can't decide what is my favorite part! Thanks for all of your help in my room this summer!

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    1. Thank you for your help, I speciation, and for forming a great relationship!! So happy to have a teacher BFF!!!

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  4. Beautiful!! LOVE the silhouette ideas!! :)

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  5. Jena,

    I am a first year music teacher and am attempting to set up a music room that has essencially been abandoned for a few years. Your blog post has given me so much inspiration and encouragement that I can do it! I love the tree and all the color!! I just went on your TPT and got the recorder fingerings as well as the first day of school kit! You're already my guardian angel :)

    I'm eventually going to post pictures of my room next week and I would love it if you took a look! Have a great start to your school year!

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    1. Meagan,

      And this is why I blog! I am so glad you found my room inspiring! You have made my morning!! I can't wait to see your room! Please let me know when it is posted. Thank you for the sweet and kind words:) I'm far from being a guardian angel, but I'm glad to help you in your first year! I have been in your shoes before :) good luck!

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  6. Jena - WOW what an amazing space! Where did you get the silouette of the girl with the balloons? i want to do that in my room too!!! THANK YOU!

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  7. Karla, I just displayed the Pinterest image on my bulletin board and traced it on to black fadeless paper :) There wasn't a link or anything to it! Just the picture. I then just added black yarn and the records. Hope this helps! The link to the Pinterest site is in the post.

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    1. Yes - thank you!! I think I'm going to try it!!!

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  8. Love it! I would die if I walked into your room as a student. So happy! :) Thanks for sharing. Now I can't wait to get into my classroom to finish things up myself!

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  9. I love your room. I think you and Lindsey should make a trip to IL to help me out with my room! ;) Unfortunately, we are not allowed to paint so I have to deal with the ugly dingy walls that are in my classroom and a huge solar system mural that I don't like. I just try to make it work.

    Amanda :)

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    1. Haha!!! We could help! Any excuse for a trip to hang out with you :)

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  10. Love your room! Bright, organized, who wouldn't love music class?! I was wondering where you got your instrument containers?

    Theresa

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    1. I actually got those for $1.00 at the Dollar Tree! Can you believe they were only $1?! Right now, I think the teachers have cleaned out the dollar stores, but hopefully they will get some new ones in soon!

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    2. they may be available online at dollar tree's website. I know my sister has found things there that aren't available at the store near her house.

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  11. Wow! What a transformation! Congrats on a job well done!

    Cara

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  12. I am SO OBSESSED with this classroom! I am changing schools for the third (and last) time and I love love love all your ideas! I hope that my classroom feels like yours when I am finished!!

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  13. What a wonderful classroom. I love the Boomwhacker idea on the wall. It is great for storage, but also a super visual for the students to show low to high pitch. Nice job for sure!

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  14. I know this is an old post, but what awesome ideas! I absolutely adore the Girl with Balloons :)

    PS-4 schools?! WHOA.

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