My room is very small, so where to put things is a real issue for me. I liked the recorder stands that I saw in catalogs, but they were around $50 each. At a workshop, someone brought a recorder stand that they made and I learned from them how you can make my own recorder stands inexpensively.
Find Materials to Make Your Own Recorder Stand
Go to a place like Home Depot and get a long white pressboard.
Buy 1/4 inch wooden dowels (36 inches long)from a store like Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, or Lowes.
They are fabulous, and it only cost me $12 (more if you have to buy the wood glue)!
How to Make Your Own Recorder stand
I had a worker at Home Depot cut the pressboard into 14-inch boards and got three boards, plus an extra small one, on which I keep my personal recorders plus extra ones for new kids who come into the class midyear.
Mark 36 evenly spaced out dots on the 3 large pressboards. The dots were about an inch from the edge and 2 1/4 inches apart. A neighbor drilled holes with his drill press.
I bought 1/4 inch wooden dowels and marked them for 3 1/2 inch lengths and that same neighbor cut them. I sanded the end that would be sticking up and glued them in the holes with wood glue.
How I Use My Recorder Stands
I have numbers on my recorders and my three stands sit on my piano. Each student is assigned a school recorder that stays at school. I have my seating chart with each student’s recorder number listed in their assigned spot. The students have the option to buy a recorder for home use for $5. About 3/4 of the kids end up buying a recorder.
During the year, I sometimes move students if their spot is not working, but I usually don’t move the recorder since they have gotten used to where their spot is. Some students don’t put away their recorder properly, so sometimes kids have a hard time finding theirs, but we don’t sweat it too much. It seems to work pretty well.
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