Here are a few benefits to year-round bulletin boards:
-You avoid hours of work decorating the boards each year.
-You save money by not having to buy new materials every time you switch out a board.
-Your students can easily use the bulletin boards as a reference because their content doesn't change.
-They become multi-purpose, being used as a reference for you as well as your students.
-You can incorporate your word walls into your bulletin boards.
I usually based my board's themes on music elements, such as dynamics and tempo. Then, instead of placing new words on a word wall, I could add them to the corresponding bulletin board. Or better yet, I could ask one of my students to add them.
The picture below is a good example of how you can modify each board to fit the needs of various grade levels. To the left is the technical term "piano" for older students. In the middle is "soft" for your students who are still learning about musical opposites. To the right, is a visual cue, reminding students of the situations or places in which we use soft voices, such as reading books in the library.
|Thanks to KG Fonts and Creative Clips for the graphics.|
If this post has inspired you to create a year-round bulletin board, here are some helpful links:
Ipod Bulletin Board Blog Post
-Year-round bulletin board idea
Music at Home (with freebie)
-Year-round interactive bulletin board idea
Music Under Construction
-My pre-made interactive bulletin board set
There's No Place Like Music by Lindsay Jervis
-My favorite music advocacy bulletin board set
Meet the Composers by Tracy King
-Composers bulletin board set
If you decide to try out a year-round bulletin board, please send me pictures of the completed project for a chance to be featured in The Music Teacher Showcase and win a free music education resource. Simply click on the envelope at the top, right-hand corner of my blog to send your pictures my way!