Classroom Management in the Music Classroom

Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.

I love finding new and inspiring ideas when I visit teaching friends in other specialty subjects. My 8th grade homeroom students get instrumental music twice a week from their music teacher.

If it were me teaching music with my extremely limited knowledge (ahem non-existent) of instrumental music, we might end up playing "Name That Tune" for the entire year - each week focusing on a different decade of music.

Since my students are so lucky to be taught by such talented teachers, I have taken lots of photos of two different music classrooms to provide other instrumental music teachers with some ideas for their own classrooms.

Classroom Management
Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.
Anchor charts help students remember routines so that the first few minutes of class are purposeful.
Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.
Classroom Expectations
Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.
Agenda Board - Students read as they enter the classroom. This helps to avoid the "What are we doing today?" questions. 


Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.
Another take on the agenda board - updated as each class enters. 
Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.
Folders for sheets that help students learn their instrument. 
Classroom management point system using is a music note theme.


Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.


Instrument Care
Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.
Mouth piece sanitation system.
Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.
Reed apartments. Love this! No more stray reeds on my classroom floor. 

Co-Created Music Bulletin Boards 
Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.
Growth Mindset in a music classroom. 

Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.
Music has so many transferable skills. 

Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.
Students helped develop this poster about the importance of music education.


Instrument Storage and Sign Out
Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.
Instrument Sign Out Cards - organized by instrument, filled out by the student, placed in the pocket chart and then returned to the filing system when it is returned. 

Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.
Instrument sign out pockets for the sign out cards.


Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.
Instrument sign out pockets for the sign out cards.
I love the picture of the instrument above the sign out cards.

Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.
Instrument cases are labelled with a letter code and number. I think this is Baritone 1. 

Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.
Instrument Sheet Music Books Storage

Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.
Sheet Music Book Sign Out System
I hope this blog post was helpful for instrumental music teachers. You are a great group of teachers who I love working with to co-plan school Arts events.

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Classroom management and organization tips and ideas for the instrumental music classroom.

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