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Last Minute Budget Opportunities
By Judy Pine
5/3/2011 3:05:00 PM
Has your principal ever contacted you on a Friday at 1 p.m. with the good news of money for your program – BUT they need your wish list of materials by the end of that day? Or a dollar amount is actually spoken of, just the idea that monies may be available to you?  I remember that happening to me once when I taught school so I always encourage teachers to have a wish list ready just in case!
First evaluate the instruments in your room.  Do any need to be repaired or replaced?  Do you wish there was enough unpitched percussion for every student to play all at once or at least enough for ½ or 1/3 of them?  Look at the variety of unpitched in your music room.   Do you need anything to round out your assortment of woods, metals, shakers/ shakers, jingles and skins?
Now move to your larger percussion and or Orff instruments.  Is it time for new drum heads on the tubanos, are there bars missing on your Orff instruments?  Do you wish you had a new set of temple blocks or a gong to round out the ensemble?  How are the mallets with any of your unpitched or pitched instruments?  Is the yarn wearing out or are the wooded headed mallets wearing down to the nub?
Now look through your favorite catalog – West Music of course, and see what we have to offer for you.  Give us a call at 800-397-9378 or email us at service@westmusic.com and we’ll do our best to quickly provide a quote for you yet that day. 
Think about what you really need to help your student’s value from learning about music in your classroom.  Plan for the future and have your list ready, as the end of the year money has to be spent soon!

Tags: Budget, Tips for Class Budgeting, Tips for Classroom Budgeting, Classroom Budgeting, Class Budgeting, Tips, School, West Music, Orff
Categories: Band & Orchestra, Orff, Classroom Furniture & Equipment
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