This is the second article in the “Can’t Teach Without…” series.
I have two whiteboards in my studio and I can’t imagine teaching without either of them! Both are magnetic which is important so that I can use all the wonderfully cute magnets that are available to teachers these days (check your local Target or Office Max for a great selection). With these magnets, I can do melodic dictation with my students (either on or off the staff–simply showing the direction of a given number of notes/magnets), rhythmic dictation, write announcements, post certificates, teach group lessons, etc.
Not all whiteboards are created equal. Some are harder to erase than others and some are outrageously priced. The first whiteboard that I bought (and finally replaced this year after about 5 years of wear and tear) was this one (I’ll list several of the sizes):
Universal Magnetic Dry Erase Board 3×2 ft Currently, it’s listed for $41, regular price $178
Universal Magnetic Dry Erase Board 4×3 ft Currently, it’s listed at $65, regular price $300 (though that would be overpriced)
The second white board that I bought seems to be no longer sold. It’s one that I purchased at a national conference. I thought it was from EZ Notes, but it doesn’t appear that they are selling it any more. Do any of you know where to get a wall board with a music staff that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? This one that I bought at the national conference was slightly less than $100, but I cannot find any for that price (and this size) anymore. I love mine and can’t imagine teaching without it!