Orff-ganization – managing all those barred instruments

Orff-ganization – managing all those barred instruments

I am so very excited to say that our 3rd grade program is going to be a truly integrated partnership between music, art and PE.  We are going to present music and art work from around the world and students will all get to demonstrate their skills as singers, dancers, instrumentalists and artists.  It feels like a rather huge undertaking, but I am so very excited about the program, I think it’s going to be fantastic and hopefully it will become a model for programs in the future. One of the challenges that we have as we look toward this new type of “informance” is practical instrument management.  My students love to play instruments but this year because of our 3rd grade program we are working out better procedures and set-up, put away practices for our instruments. We are going to have an entire lesson dedicated to teaching 1st-5th grade how to set-up and put away the instruments.  To that end I’ve had to make some decisions about how and where I want my instruments to live when both when they are in use and when they are not.   Here are some pictures of how I have things set up.  If you like my instrument labels you are welcome to download them HERE    For each instrument that I labeled I posted a numbered picture on the wall.  I hope that by labeling and numbering the instruments I can enable my students to both learn the proper names of the instruments AND put them up well before they can properly read them. I plan on reinforcing the procedures...
Instrument Cabinet Organization – FREE Download!

Instrument Cabinet Organization – FREE Download!

To download instrument cards DOWNLOAD HERE!      There is nothing more potentially frustrating than managing instruments.  There are so many of them, and they are often odd shapes.  They need to be accessible and they need to have a place.  When possible it is also best if they are organized so that my students can put them away without a lot of fuss.  I am beginning my 3rd year at my current school and I’ll admit that I didn’t even know I had some of these instruments simply because I hadn’t had a chance to look at everything.  I inherited a very well organized collection.  Everything was neat and labeled which made it easy to find the essentials, but part of the fun of being in music class is using the odd and novel instruments.  To say that I have under-utilized this really cool collection of instruments was an understatement.  I want to do better!  In order to help myself remember the delights contained in my cabinet of musical wonders I needed to organize my instruments in a new way that will help me get to the instrument I’m wanting without a lot of time playing hide and seek.   I printed enough pictures so that I could tape one on the container, the lid and either the shelf or the door.  I have a cabinet where I keep most of my instruments and a shelf where I keep the ones that I constantly have out.  You’ll notice in the picture at the top of the page that the instrument pictures on my cabinet door are not completely taped down....
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