Monday, February 11, 2013

Music Library

In thinking of ways to increase the musical impact I have on my students outside of the classroom,  I collaborated with my librarian to create a "music library."  Through grant funding and some PTO support, we have been able to order a series of CD's, cases, and storage equipment.  Students are able to borrow the cd's, listen to them at home, and return them the next cycle.  Teachers can also use the cd's as resources to incorporate music across the curriculum in their classes.  It has been a huge success.  The next challenge will be to figure out how to do this once cd's become obsolete!

When undertaking this endeavor, we started with the spinner of cd's.  Eventually, the spinner was too full, so we purchased a storage rack.  
Music is classified by genre on the cd cases and on the rack.

Dots on the spine of the durable cases we purchased alert students (and those who shelve the cd's) to the genre classification of the music.

As cases break, we replace them.  Every few years, we add to the mix of repertoire for our students.  I try to select a wide variety of quality music that represents a broad range of categories, relates to the Common Core or National Standards, and is interesting to students.

We make sure to include albums from all of the Artists-in-Residence who have visited our school, as well. 


  1. This is a such a great idea! I think I'm going to have to talk to PTO about starting a music library at our school. :)

  2. Glad you like the idea. It has grown over time, one cd at a time :-)