iPods and Ikea, all in one post!
Last February I went to the California Music Educators conference in Fresno where I took a class by Emily Moss, director of Bands at Cal State LA, on “Developing Good Tone in Band.” One of her main points was that students need an aural concept of what good tone sounds like on their instrument so they know what they are trying to achieve. That made a lot of sense to me, so I started thinking of ways I could let my students listen to more music.
Enter the iPod brigade:
I had this idea, if I got a set of iPods, students could listen to excellent examples of good tone from a list of music I provided. They could check them out even and listen to them while reading or writing reports in their classroom. But where to get iPods? For free?
Freecycle! This website is similar to craigslist, except everything offered has to be free. You can also post requests for things you are looking for. I created a post asking for old iPods for the music program. Two kind folks sent me three iPods/iPhones a piece! And they mailed them to my school! Score! I also put a few posts out on Facebook and got a few from there as well.
The fun doesn’t stop there! I was at Ikea with the intention of buying their cardboard magazine holders to store music folders. Except they were out. Bummer! Wait. What’s over there next to the checkout?
FREE cardboard dish holders for carrying your dishes home. They have a handle and are perfect for storing music folders. I picked up a bundle and waltzed on out of Ikea without paying a dime. They won’t mind, I’m sure. I covered them with bright paper and they are ready to go. I’ll probably create labels for the front of them at some point, in my free time. Ha!
What have you procured from unlikely sources for the music room?