Wednesday, March 3, 2010

DIY Music Whiteboard (It's Easy. Really.)

I've been wanting a small music whiteboard for quite some time (something like this or this) but I wasn't wild about the price. Then, yesterday morning, while wandering through Wal-Mart (of all places) I had the idea to DIY it!

There's really nothing to making one of them. Just gather your materials and stick them together! Here's a list of the "stuff" that I ended up using:

  • Small poster frame (mine was 12x18) preferably made of plastic instead of glass.
  • A grand staff (I printed this one from Susan Paradis' Teacher Resources)
  • A paper keyboard (I have a pad of them that I purchased from Jeffers Handbell Supply, but you can print them here for free if you don't want to buy them!)
  • A large sheet of scrapbook paper to use as a background
Once you've gathered the materials, just assemble your printouts and diagrams and stick them in the frame. That's all there is to it! See how mine turned out?

It only ended up costing me $4, and I'm so pleased with the way it ended up - especially since I will be able to make several of them for the cost of just one of the store-bought boards mentioned above.


Anya said...

Oh my gosh, Rebecca! That looks perfect! I neeed to make some of those for my group classes.... and individual lessons. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Julia said...

This is such a great idea! I've been meaning to buy a staff/piano whiteboard, but making it myself will save a lot of money.

I was wondering, though, where did you find the poster frame?

Rebecca said...

Julia, I bought my poster frame at Wal-Mart, but I've also seen them relatively inexpensively at Michael's, JoAnn's and other craft stores. :o)

Anonymous said...

Genius! I'm about to start teaching a Kodaly class, and I was panicking at the prices of music whiteboards. This is about to make my life so much easier. Thank you!