Today I’m sharing some photos of my Music Center. Someone recently asked me about my Music Center and I realized I have all the other centers on the site, but have not yet posted the music center.
This photo shows the whole Music Center. Since I didn’t have enough room on the shelf, I added the Sterlite plastic drawers beside it for more musical instruments. The Sterlite drawers contain triangles, handbells, and jingle bells. The turquoise box on the top just holds our class box of tissues.
On the wood shelf, I have a white basket on the very top that contains a CD player and a wireless iPad/iPhone player. The top shelf has scarves and rhythm sticks in the white baskets. The second shelf has castanets and bean bags in bushel baskets. The bottom shelf has tambourines and tick tock blocks in bushel baskets.
These are our scarves for music and movement activities. The polka label is from my free set of labels on Teachers Pay Teachers. I search for musical instrument pictures on school supply websites or Google images. (Unfortunately, I can’t share my music labels due to photo copyright. I wish I could!)
I used white baskets for the scarves and rhythm sticks because they don’t fit in the bushel baskets. I also think a wine bottle bag would work well to hold rhythm sticks if you have a place to hang the bag. Read more about my music props here.
I like to put most of my musical instruments in these bushel baskets because they have a handle on them. When I pass out the instruments, or when my leader is collecting them at the end of the song, the handle makes it easier to carry the basket around the group. These wooden castanets were bought in Target’s Dollar Spot. They sell them there every year (I think in the Fall, maybe).
These are our letter bean bags. We use them for some alphabet activities, but also just for any kind of bean bag song.
Our tambourines — these came from Lakeshore.
Tick tock blocks
These triangles either came from Target’s Dollar Spot or the Dollar Tree (I’ve seen them in both places.) Sometimes it’s not easy to catch the dollar musical instruments at Target and Dollar Tree. I missed the triangles for two years.
Set of handbells
I got lucky and found these jingle bell bands on clearance at Michaels and bought several. I’ve also seen them in educational supply catalogs.
Just in case anyone wants a peek… this is my CD player and wireless iPad player. This is not an expensive iPad player, but it works great. I found it on sale at Staples for $25. I play music from my iPad all the time, but I have the CD player there in case I have a substitute teacher. I also have one special CD for the sub with the class’s favorite songs and a clean up song CD. The rest of my music is on the iPad. You can read more about how I use the iPad as a music player and how I organize music with iTunes.
Also, be sure to check out my friend, Bren’s Music Center here.