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My HS chorus enrollment jumped from 28 last year to 45 this year.  While I'm ecstatic about the increase in enrollment I need a new system for student music storage.  The storage cabinet we've used before (similar to photo below) isn't large enough.  No funds to purchase (or make) a new one, so I must come up with a new system for keeping things organized. Students have standard black choral folders (not 3-ring binders) to keep octavos.  There is no room for additional furniture in the room, so I must either "make do" with what I have or pitch the existing cabinet.  Simply no floor space to add anything additional.  I'm stumped.
on August 23, 2011 3:43pm
Have you tried fitting two folders in one folder slot? I have occasionally had to resort to that in the past. One folder slot, two numbers, two folders.
on August 23, 2011 7:13pm
At teacher supply stores and places like the Container Stores they have heavy cardboard storage units that can sit on top of a table or bookshelf. They are shaped just like your picture and are usually used for studnets to turn in papers. However, choral folders fit in them just fine. I used one in a year when I had about 20 extra students and no more room in the folder cabinets. I just stacked them on top of the folder cabinet and it worked for that year until I could purchase another cabinet. 
Also, in my district, there is a district furniture "graveyard". All the old district furniture that no one wants is hauled over there until it can be sold at auction. Not many people in my district even know it's there, but I've gotten bookshelves and tables there in the past absolutely free. You might check to see if your district has such a place - they are usually kind aof a well kept secret. Good luck!
Mary Jane
on August 24, 2011 6:26am
Our school kids have cubby-buddies and there are 2 folders in each.  And to keep traffic down, at the cabinet they bring their buddies music out to them, alternating weeks, or whoever gets there first, we leave it up to them.
on August 24, 2011 10:25pm
Thanks for the replies.  I teach at a private school, district graveyard.  What makes the most sense is to buddy-up.  Yes, I can actually get three folders in each cubby, so my existing cabinet will work.  (I think I was secretly hoping for something exciting and new...)  I like the idea of reducing traffic -the cabinet is right by the door AND chorus is the class right before lunch, so there's a stampede to stack chairs, return folders and BOLT as fast as possible.  I share the music room with the general music teacher so 44 HS students have to exit and 20 2nd graders have to enter at the same time.  Honestly - I need a traffic cop!
on August 26, 2011 5:16am
Know its risky, but can the students be trusted to maintain/ carry their folders?
on August 26, 2011 6:59pm
Just a thought, but if your singers leave their music in the choir room, how do they practice and prepare for class? Maybe since your choir is growing you can ask your advanced kids to be responsible for caring for AND practicing their music outside of class.
on August 27, 2011 11:04am
I think I've solved the problem, but thanks for the thoughts.
It is too risky for me to let the music leave the room.  I've tried it in past and the kids lost more music than they kept. They have mp3 files and lyrics for practicing after hours.
Thanks all!
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