Tip #1: Use fabric to cover bulletin boards. Measure your board and determine the size you will need. Fabric is sold 45” or 60” wide and can be cut each 1/8 yard (1/8, ¼, 3/8, ½, 5/8 etc.). Try to find a fabric with only a few colors or it will look too busy. If you use a patterned fabric try using solid colored letters, or switch it, solid back under patterned letters. Wal-Mart sells solid colored flat sheets for $2 if you want to give solid colors a try. I always make a word wall in my room. Not only does this look impressive to administration, but it helps the students learning to speak the language of music. This year, I will have to do this on my cabinets since none of my bulletin boards are large enough.
Tip #2: Make shelving look like a part of the room by painting it all one solid color if they don’t already match. I did this with my shelving and now call it “mega-shelf.” There are many useful sites on-line that have furniture painting tips. Painting tips vary for the surface you are painting and the type of paint you use. Paint is an inexpensive way to change the look of the room. You can see the difference between the large cabinet in the middle painted before and now painted all black.
Tip #4: Add something just for the kids. Put elements in the room just for your students. I like to have a special chair in the room that I call my “Star Singer” chair. I pick one student to sit in the chair each week. My older kids get to be the DJ on Friday and play all the music from my iPod. They love this and work really hard to be the star singer. I also saw Mrs. King use a chair as a Need a Rest/time out chair complete with music rests. Thinking about adding this for next year, but depends on the space I have and if I can find another chair to paint. I actually paid a friend to paint my chair for me after I had my second child.