There are a lot of ways to design a seating chart for a music classroom, and the choices you make will significantly affect classroom discipline and student success.
Circles, U-shapes, arcs, rows, and colored rugs are among the most popular strategies. Some teachers use chairs and desks, while others ask students to sit on the floor.
In choosing any arrangement you should consider two important factors:
1) Flexibility – Can students easily transition from one activity to another?
2) Access – Do you have easy access to each student for instruction and behavior management?
I like students in circles and on the floor. Here’s why:
1) It makes every student as important as the next. King Arthur choose a round table for the same reason – it has no head, implying that everyone who sits there has equal status.
2) I can walk around the circle to help any student, while maintaining eye contact with each student.
3) Asking students to sit on the floor rather than chairs gives me the greatest flexibility and optimizes classroom time. I can move from teaching a song to adding a movement activity in seconds.
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