Hurray for February! I've already got a couple of my bulletin boards up and ready to go. Sometimes February is a short month. Okay...February is always a shorter month than most, but we often get a few snow days in February making the school month even shorter! This blog post will give you a few ideas for bulletin boards that would be great to post in February. Some of them may work for the rest of the semester! I love it when that happens.
Careers in Music
I think career education is very important and I don't think that starting in elementary is too early. Encouraging students to have a goal gives them encouragement and a sense of purpose. Their plans may change as they get older and have a wider variety of experiences, but the important part is that they have a plan. This bulletin board highlights careers in music. There are TONS of options for choosing a career in music even if you are not a performer. You can snag this bulletin board HERE.
Cool Jazz Musicians
Sometimes I really enjoy using pre-made bulletin board kits from the teacher store. The options for music teachers are pretty limited so I have to get creative. After posting the basic bulletin board set I added speech bubbles with the names, pictures and brief bios of some famous jazz musicians. Then I added some snowflakes on fishing line and hung them from the ceiling. I attached the fishing line to a paper clip and slipped the paper clip onto the trim that holds the drop ceiling tiles into place. This was so fun! The kids loved the 3-D addition.
February is Black History Month and a great time to focus on Jazz Musicians. This print and post bulletin board set is colorful and packed with information about famous jazz musicians. Popular jazz musicians like Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Charlie Parker, Jelly Roll Morton and more are highlighted. This bulletin board also comes with matching research sheets too!
We Love Percussion
I found these heart shaped plates one year at Walmart and knew I had to use them on a bulletin board. This quick and easy bulletin board filled a smaller display that I had in my room. The hearts have pictures of percussion instruments that I printed out in black and white and then cut to fit in the heart plates.
This idea could work with a variety of topics:
We Love Composers
We Love the String Family
We Love Rock and Roll
or just "We Love MUSIC"
Although I like decorating for Valentine's Day, I don't love that I end up leaving the board up until March. Perhaps it is just a touch of OCD, but I would prefer that it comes down pretty soon after Valentine's Day just like I'm ready for Halloween decorations to come down on November 1st. So, this bulletin board COULD be related to Valentine's Day because it is about couples. Okay, they all aren't couples, but they are musical duos. Eighteen different musical duos are featured in this board. I posted it to a simple black background so the colors really pop. Students and teachers alike stop to read the brief descriptions and to talk about their favorites. You can get this board HERE.
About 8 or 9 years ago I used a template and an overhead projector to make a HUGE yellow plow. I've used it for 4 or 5 different bulletin boards since then. The top pictures show a bulletin board about the character word "perseverance". It says "Keep Plowing Through" and the snowballs have events that are coming up during second semester.
The other photo shows a bulletin board that students helped create. It says "Plowing Through Musical Mnemonics". The snowballs have mneumonic phrases that students came up with to help remember the lines of the treble clef. If February is a snowy month for you, this might be a good display for your classroom.
Music Makes Life a Little Sweeter
February is a great time to celebrate the music of Scott Joplin. This bulletin board set comes with writing prompts and more resources to help you highlight this composer. Get it here.