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Anyone using Music Staff White/Blackboards anymore?

I find I am to teach music in a new school, that has no 'music staff' blackboard - or whiteboard in the classroom...
What to do?
 
Has anyone experience using dual-faced Whiteboards with music staves already printed on one side, using erasable markers?
If so, which brand/maker did you use? Oh, and it needs to be on wheels, to move to a number (2) of locations.
 
(I'm so out of the loop/ (read, OLD!), I was actually looking at blackboards, chalk, and even those wonderful things that used to draw five staff lines with pieces of chalk, initially, until I saw some manufacturers that advocate using white boards and erasable markers... though my heart still hankers after the smell of chalk, and not the smell of erasable markers- pee-yew!) I also find it cathartic to smack erasers outdoors, but then, I was always odd that way.....lol
 
Thanks.
 
 
 
on August 15, 2013 11:50am
The rooms I use have whiteboards and computers with projectors. On a flash drive, I have a PDF file of manuscript paper with staff lines which I project on the whiteboard. This can be taken into any room with a projector.
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on August 15, 2013 1:01pm
What to do? Can you just buy a chalkboard on wheels and those wonderful things that draw staff lines? 
 
White boards and erasable markers smell toxic because they are.
on August 16, 2013 6:36am
When I started teaching 3 years ago, I just had a plain ol' white board in my room. I really needed to have staves, so after researchiing a little bit, I made my own. I went to the auto parts store and bought auto-detailing tape--skinny, about 1/8" wide. On a white board, it's easy to stick on and peel off, but it mostly stays where you put it. One roll was plenty (with extra) to put 4 staves on my whiteboard. It's great because you can draw right across the tape with the markers, and the lines don't erase! (My younger students are always amazed by this; they think it's marker.) This solution has worked exceptionally well for me.
on August 16, 2013 8:06am
You can put a staff on a regular rolling white board. Just buy a roll of spike or gaffer's tape in 1/8" width, and make your own staff.  When the board is no longer needed, you can remove the tape and it does not leave any stickiness. 
 
As for the smell of markers: there are some brands that are less odorous than others. There are also markers that are "odor free".  I try to buy the latter, if I can, and in a pack of 8 colors.
 
BTW, I have one of those things that makes a staff on a white board.  Trust me, they don't work well at all.  The ones for chalk worked MUCH better. 
 
Donna
on August 16, 2013 3:33pm
I have a rolling white board blank on one side and staff lines on the other. My biggest problem is that it doesn't roll well. Otherwise, it's fine. (expensive, though)
on August 17, 2013 8:28am
The best board with staff lines (permanent) is from Marsh Industries.  You can google staff-lined white boards.  School Outfitters have the best price I have found, starting at $825. (Of course, then you have to pay the shipping which probably adds a lot!)  Best to get plain on one side and staff on the other.  (Probably not a good idea to flip the board over on it's stand, though it has that option.  Better to roll the whole board around to be sure it stays sturdy.)  I have one of these boards (on wheels) at one of my schools and it is way superior to any board I have at the other 4 schools I service.  In a big room, chalk boards are ineffective because the writing really is not clearly visible from a distance.  I love this board and wish I had one at all my schools.  You do have to be sure that whoever puts the board together does it carefully and correctly.
 
Eloise Porter
voice101(a)gmail.com
on August 19, 2013 8:17am
John-Scott:
Congratulations on your position!
To write passages of more than two measures, you will probably need an option discussed above, even though toxic fumes and chalk-allergies are a *serious consideration  ...unless you can develop your own longer version of the below:
To teach solfege w/ moveable "DO", I developed a "Do-slider".  It is very lightweight, [made from foam-filled "ghostline" poster-board], easy to move about within the classroom, or carry to other spaces.  I established a system of color-coding, so the students always associated each note with a different color.  This helped with transitions  - whether they were previously taught solfege, or numbers, or letter-names.
Feel free to message me through Choralnet for more information.
*  Ever tried to breathe deeply for singing after breathing chalk or fumes?  ;)
Gentle/intended-to-be-helpful warning ;)  :   If you use the magnet circle-dots, which do work well for notes if you use a magnetic board, have 2 bath-mats directly in front of your board, and a towel in the chalk-rack - they drop and break easily!
Best Wishes,
-Lucy
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