Every year at the end of the year, I spend some time with my students maintaining and cleaning the Orff instruments, xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels, oh my! It always amazes me what can be found living inside!
When I first started teaching, I had no idea what to do to keep the instruments in great condition. Throughout the years from other teachers, I have learned some great tips on upkeep that I will share with you here.
To get started, I have the kids partner up, take off the instrument bars, and shop vac out the plethora of dust and other fun things found inside the instruments.
Once the bars are washed, they take a different wash cloth with a little bit of Old English furniture polish, and they polish the box and wooden bars.
The final product is a beautiful, shiny instrument that is ready for a fresh start next school year.