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Monday, March 30, 2020

Distance Learning Music Classroom at Home

Few moments in this school closure situation have been more difficult for me than the short time I had to grab stuff from my deserted classroom at school to take home with me to use for distance learning. This is not how music teaching is "supposed to" look! But I took what I thought I might need and now I've set up a small corner in my basement to record videos of myself and create lessons for my students while we're apart, so here's a look at what I grabbed and how I set up my space.

My basement is primarily my daughters' play room, so there were several things already there that I've pulled in for my purposes: a keyboard, some percussion instruments, and even a dry erase easel. The other things I brought home from school:
  • recording microphone
  • puppets/ stuffed animals (well, minions actually)
  • storybooks
  • scarves
  • a poster
  • small percussion instruments
  • one octave set of boomwhackers
  • ukulele
  • cajon
  • glockenspiel
  • dry erase staff board
Here's a quick tour of how I set up my space- I also explain some of the reasons why I chose to bring home certain things in the video:

I hope this helps give you some ideas if you're trying to figure out what to bring home yourselves or wondering how to set up a space for videos or live teaching! I'd love to see what others have come up with- let me know in the comments what you grabbed from school or how you've set up your school stuff at home.


  1. Thank you for the tour. I am sure I will be moving my classroom home for the 2020-21 year!

    1. Let's hope you're not home for the whole next school year, but I'm glad this was helpful for you!!