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Instrument Bar Labels for Your Orff Instruments, Xylophones, Pitched Percussion

Grade Levels
PreK - 9th
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4 pages


I created these sticker labels to print and stick on the inside of the instrument right under the lip of the instrument so that students can see where bars should go when replacing them. One thing that always bugged me last year was how hard it was for some learners (especially the younger ones) to put bars back on the instruments at the end of class. These sticker labels make it easy for student to find where a bar should go.

Any time we play songs in a pentatonic scale we take off bars that we don't need. This just makes it easier for kids because they don't hit the "wrong" notes and makes improvising a super easy task. I would always assume that putting the bars back on the instruments would be easier than it was and that assumption would make us late and would frustrate me to no end.

If you'd like to print and us these yourself I'd suggest that you use a label that's compatible with the 1 x 2 5/8" labels. Pretty sure it's the Avery 8160 label that you would need to make these work. The sheets have quite a few letters on them, enough for two of every letter (except for B's because there's usually only one B per instrument).

I printed the labels, cut them right down the middle of the label with my paper cutter and then added them to my instruments. I made some bigger letters for the bigger instruments and also came up with some smaller font size labels for my little glockenspiels (since the full label wouldn't work in there). With the xylophone and metallophone labels I just cut them in half and they worked fine. The small print/glockenspiel labels had to be cut down a little more but since I only have a few of those I didn't mind.

If you want to read a more detailed description of how I use this resource check out my blog post.

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