Re: Percussion Storage
Posted by Get organized! on 3/5/2021, 1:24 pm, in reply to "Percussion Storage"
I have two more or less conventional percussion cabinets. Both have four drawers. Each drawer is LABELED on the outside with what goes in the drawer, with a TRACE and LABEL on the inside in paint sharpie of what goes in that spot in the drawer. Triangle? Goes in the "SMALL ACCESSORIES" drawer and put it on the TRIANGLE. Sticks go in the stick bag, which goes in the "SCHOOL STICKS" drawer. And so on. |
That being said, percussion students are to put accessories and sticks away literally EVERY DAY. Absolutely NOTHING but snare, bass, school owned mallets, and timpani are left in the band hall. NO sticks. NO mallets. NOTHING that a passing-by random kid could pick up and beat on a drum with.
Do your clarinet players get to leave their clarinet out by their chair? Then neither do the percussionists get to leave out their equipment. If kids have a PERSONAL stick bag, they get a locker to store it in.
Make it idiot-proof. There will always be new idiots, but make it as SIMPLE and OBVIOUS as you can. Make it part of their daily grade to have their equipment and store it properly. Make everything have an obvious place where it belongs. And hold the expectations there every single day. Hold your kids accountable!
And finally, use this as an opportunity to develop leadership - make it a rotating job among your kids in each class to ensure everything's put away, and if it isn't, to let you know what was left out.