Music Classroom Management Tool
We have all seen the “NOISE” post on Pinterest (when the students are making noise – they lose a letter). I’ve taken that and combined it with a behavior chart! I call it “Grand Behavior”. It’s perfect because it also teaches the students about the grand staff!
When a class is misbehaving, or their behavior isn’t “grand” – they lose a letter at the whiteboard (bottom picture). If later they show me behavior that is “grand” they can earn a letter back. At the end of class time, if they still have all of their letters they have had “Grand Behavior” and they get to move up a spot on the grand staff. I have them all start at the lowest line of the bass clef. When they get to Middle C, they earn an incentive (center day, treat, game). When they get to the top F of the treble clef, they also earn an incentive (similar). After that, they have to start all the way back down at the bass clef. I usually get a little healthy competition among the classes!
Removing a letter from the whiteboard is a huge visual that all students notice without you having to use your voice. As music teachers – we all know our voice is precious!
Creating this music classroom management tool.
All of the materials to create this can be found easily at your local dollar store or craft store. I have provided some links to Amazon resources if that works easier for you! These are affiliate links so I will receive a small bonus if you buy through them!
I created the chart using a whiteboard, painters tape, colored foam sheets, small craft magnets, and wooden letters. The foam sheets make very durable items. I attached magnets on the back with hot glue. These have lasted 2+ years. I spray painted the letters black , and hot glued magnets to the back of them.
This is a wonderfully simple visual cue for classroom management that I found to be a very effective tool for elementary music classrooms! Here are some other great resources for elementary music classrooms!