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Music Room Setup Ideas: Storage

Starting with 5-tier metal shelving from Lowes, my music room storage has evolved from stacks of tubs on top of tubs, to created spaces that serve multiple purposes. How? Music Room Setup Ideas: Storage turned into teachable spaces when  I built and attached bulletin board doors to shelving.time waits for no one quote


Music Room Setup Ideas: Tired of waiting

Like most teachers, I grew tired of asking and waiting year after year for the maintenance men to build music room storage. It. never. happened! So I just bought it myself when I found four metal storage racks from Lowes on sale for approximately $70 each (normally $84). Done! I hate waiting on people, don’t you?! It was the best money I’ve ever spent.
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Those shelves worked fine for a few years. I organized everything and tried to make it look neat.  See this post. For example, I even added extra shelving to accommodate the many teaching posters and thought up the lovely idea to cover the storage with my music rules. . . . . Fail!


Storage in the Music Room Set-Up

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Music Room Setup Ideas: Storage is Clutter

In the end, it just looked cluttered to me, and the storage was so……. storage!

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Wall after wall, though very organized and beautifully labeled,  just looks like a warehouse, not a music room with teachable spaces.

Music Room Setup Ideas: Storage and Multi-purpose stations

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But this year, my wonderful husband helped me convert bulletin board panels that were previously attached to the walls. Instead, he attached the panels as doors to the shelving. Shazam! We have liftoff!! Take a look at these pictures below and “Touch” the Thinglinks for additional information. The doors hide the storage, swing open for easy access, and lock securely when not in use.

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 Music Room Setup Ideas: Storage Doors that teach

These doors work for me, but not in the sense that they function well; they WORK for me in the sense that they serve a higher purpose, they are now tools to use to engage my students daily. They are tools to use to demonstrate mastery or to create interactive walls for the 21st century classroom. These doors are tools I can easily use to differentiate instruction.

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection.

From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” – Peter Drucker

Storage Reflection

Before I begin searching for fresh ideas for my music room set-up next year, and before I act on the feeling that I want to change everything yet again, I need to remember that there are several features of my music room that really worked well all year-long. When I reflect, I realize just how well storage shelves with multi-purpose doors worked, and most importantly, how much potential there is to create even more interaction throughout my music room. There is still too much clutter and too many things to give away because we just don’t teach and learn that way any longer. I’ll work on that this summer. However, when it comes to my music room setup, the one thing I’m definitely keeping and building upon is the storage.

Storage Question

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How about you? What discoveries have you made that work in your music room set-up? What great ways have you created to hide your music room storage? Every room has unique challenges. I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. If we all share, we might find ideas that could solve problems elsewhere.

What changes can you make that will serve the purpose of storage AND teaching?

Warmly (95o),



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Cherie Herring

Music/Technology Integration at Hammond School
I teach elementary music, am passionate about integrating technology into my teaching, am obsessed with my SMARTBoard and iPad, and enjoy creating lessons and sharing ideas. I love technology almost as much as I love cheesecake, and with more energy and ideas than I know what to do with, I can't wait for the sun to come up each morning! I'm wife to Prince Charming and mom to three incredible girls who keep me balanced. . . sort of!

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  • Carol Woodall June 7, 2016, 9:10 PM

    AWESOME!! I love it! Great job thinking it up and then creating it! Thanks for sharing!

    • Cherie Herring June 7, 2016, 11:05 PM

      Thank you, Carol! I hope you can use the idea somehow. Happy summer!!

  • Kathy Haydon June 8, 2016, 11:00 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic ideas for a better functioning music room. I have been re-vamping my room looking for better ideas for a long time. Current storage looks much like your pre-door hanging photos. Those are a complete inspiration! Bravo for also making a terrific self-learner music classroom. Must connect more.

    • Cherie Herring June 8, 2016, 4:35 PM

      Thank you, Kathy! What kind words! I can take additional close-up photos if you need them.Send a few photos of your room after the new look! 🙂 I look forward to learning from each other!

  • Julie Brooks June 15, 2016, 11:58 PM

    You never cease to amaze me!

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