Classroom Decor that Brings Music to Life

by Abby @ Quaver on May 19, 2017

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Charles Black is wrapping up his “Quaverizing Your Classroom” series! Have you added a Beat Jar to your room from part one? Or did you build your very own Red Telephone Box from part two? See how you can continue bringing Quaver’s Music Shop to life this summer!

Take it away, Charles!

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It’s great to be back to share some more “Quaverization” ideas with you. I hope some of you have already made plans to have your own Bigfoot, Timeline Train, Beat Jar, Phone Box, Keyboard Pathway, or Keyboard Awning/Curtains in your classroom. Today, we will talk about how to include even more elements of Quaver’s Shop into your own musical world.

How to Bring Quaver’s World to Life:

Composer Busts

If your students are anything like mine, they are mesmerized by the “talking” Composer Busts in every Quaver episode. I searched high, low, and in-between for full-size busts of Debussy, Vivaldi and Beethoven. At this point, I still do not know of a supplier that has all three. So, I improvised. In our classroom, we have Beethoven, Chopin, and Mozart. I may add some others as time goes along. These busts are available online from plaster supply houses at very reasonable prices.

Composer Busts

Instrument Display

I’m sure you have noticed that Quaver’s Shop has various orchestral instruments hanging randomly throughout the shop. Since my school doesn’t allow us to hang things from the ceiling, I created four Instrument Displays on a focal wall, and categorized them according to the four families of the orchestra. This works great for teaching purposes, and still has the connection to the Quaver Shop theme. I was able to find majority of these instruments at antique shops and online. I do plan to add more instruments as they become available. The kids get so much more excited about seeing actual instruments, instead of just showing them pictures.

Instrument Display

Giant Harmonica

Another one of the unique, fun elements in Quaver’s Shop is the Giant Harmonica. This one was a little more of a challenge to obtain. The best source I found was through bidding on eBay. If you’re able to hang the harmonica up in your room, I recommend using a porch flagpole and attaching it to the wall.

Giant Harmonica

Drum Roll

Remember the Drum Roll that’s used in the Tempo Episode? Well, we now have one of those, too! I use it from time to time in class before announcing something of importance, or maybe when recognizing an outstanding achievement. Just find an inexpensive skateboard and attach a drum (any drum) to it with a plastic tie-wrap.

Drum Roll

Quaver Lab Door

If you have a blank closet door available in your classroom, why not transform it into something Quaver related? After bringing in my Red Phone Box, I had a blank closet door available. So I turned it into the famous Quaver Lab door! I was able to find the porthole window online for a reasonable price. I even enlarged a picture of Quaver from the website, cropped it, printed it on photo paper, and put his picture in the window so it looks like he is looking at at the students!

Quaver Lab Door

I hope some of these ideas helped stimulate your creativity. Always remember, it’s all about the kids. They will get very excited about anything you incorporate into your classroom that helps them imagine they are in Quaver’s World. Also, why not include your students in the creative process? I’m always amazed by how much they enjoy getting into the Quaverizing spirit and suggesting Quaver-themed items we should add to the classroom.

I would so much enjoy hearing about any of these ideas you are able to implement into your musical teaching world. I am sure you will agree with me when I say that music classrooms have definitely become a much more enchanting, enjoyable place since Quaver came along!

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Do you have plans to Quaverize your classroom this summer? We’d love to see how you’ve implemented Charles’ ideas into your own classroom!

 

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