Saturday, June 29, 2013

Music Room Rules

When I walked into my friend Mrs. Walter's beautiful art room, I noticed on the wall an adorable paint palette with her rules stated clearly and simply - Respect the Art Room, The Artists, The Art. 
I was thrilled when she allowed me to borrow that idea and change it to music, because all year long, I could quickly refer to my poster above and say, "Are you being respectful of the musicians in this music room?"  At the beginning of the year, I hung up this poster.  I had a conversation with each class about what each of these rules meant - for example, respecting the music room means to be respectful of every item in the music room, take care of the instruments, put things away if you took them out, etc.  My best advice to a beginning teacher is to set your expectations and be consistent - even when they smile at you and blink those little eyes with a "I-am-so-cute-you'll-never-be-mad-at-meeeee" kind of look!  Children respond well to an environment where there is structure - it makes them feel safe which in return, makes for a class that runs smoothly. 
Alright, alright - for the most part!  LOL! 
You can find a printable version of these rules in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store:

New Beginnings...!!!   Trying to get my blog started up and all I keep doing is typing BLOB instead of "blog!"  LOL!  The main focus of this blog is to share my love of teaching elementary music with interested teachers out there and hopefully inspire others to share ideas that work well in their music classrooms, too!  Please visit "My Music Room" Page by clicking the tab on top and let me know what you think as I upload more photos.  Thank you for visiting and come back soon!

Cute graphics are by Dancing Crayon Designs - aren't they awesome?!?!?