According to National Education Partnership, music helps students in a variety of ways, including cultivating better thinking skills and strengthening perseverance and creativity. Every March, educational institutions across the country celebrate Music in Our Schools Month (MISOM), a special event that’s strongly supported by the National Association for Music Education. They normally help the festivities along by providing participating educators with a variety of complimentary audio files and promotional materials. However, institutions that choose to join in on the fun will need age-appropriate school furniture on hand as well. That said, here’s a look at several items that will surely help enhance your music room and make any MIOSM 2015 event memorable.
School budgets around the country are tight and one of the first things to suffer financial cuts is the music department. If buying new instruments is not in the fiscal future, then you have to take care of the ones you have. Instruments should not be stored on the floor, kicked around, dropped, and generally abused because there isn’t a decent storage solution. A Marco instrument storage system for the band room is an investment that will save money in the long run.
The Band-Stor system is a great product that will organize and protect all the instruments in your school. Choose from small compartments to hold flutes, clarinets, and trumpets and large shelving to hold instruments such as trombones or bassoons. Medium shelves will hold everything in-between. Storage compartments for rolling instruments like xylophones, timpani drums, or chimes are available too. For music programs with uniforms, there are even storage systems for keeping them well-protected while not in use.
Eureka! Add a new note to your next round of musical chairs with a wooden chair pipe organ. Makeover show My Home 2.0 offers a step by step video on how to convert your classroom wooden chairs into musical masterpieces.
With a little help from your school’s shop class, your band or music class could be in for a treat. Pick up your other musical instruments and gather your traditional band chairs around this new take on an old classic.
Having a recent conversation with a college freshmen, I asked “What kind of classes are you taking?” He revealed that he was taking; history, algebra, english, speech, computer science and music theory. I exclaimed that the music theory class sounded fun and was probably a nice break between english papers and history tests. “Actually,” he said “it’s the hardest class I have. I have played the guitar for years, but until now have never learned how to read music.”
Whether you’re a college student, elementary student or a senior citizen, music can be a great way to exercise your mind. Reading music requires the mind to decipher symbols such that determine the length of a note or when to pause. Math, and fractions specifically, are also explored by understanding the time signature that indicates how many beats are in a musical measure.
With this noted, music theory could pop up on any classroom whiteboard. History teachers might want to have a interactive lesson to study the meaning behind historic war songs. Math teachers might want to challange their students with word problems using musical timelines. The quadratic formula is commonly taught to high school students using familiar songs to help remember the formula.
Musical studies can take you to the center stage of a crowded arena or maybe just keep you entertained behind a music stand in your basement. There is a volume level for everyone. No worries if you don’t have a musical instrument, some people are just using everyday office furniture to create profitable sound effects.