A budget should include:

  1. Audio and video materials in physical form and/or access to digital media

  2. Computer and electronic materials

  3. Instruments (5% of the current replacement value of the total inventory of instruments)

  4. Repair and maintenance of instruments and equipment (10% of the current replacement value of the instruments and equipment)

  5. Music for classroom use and also elementary chorus or special programs, if applicable

  6. Professional development of music staff (attendance at conferences which provide in-service opportunities


The list below is the standard provided by one school district for each elementary school:

Each school provides the following for use in music instruction:

  • Equipment in every room in which music is taught includes a high quality sound reproduction system capable of utilizing current recording technology.

  • Each school provides the following for use in music instruction:

  • A complete Orff instrumentation with an appropriate ratio of instruments to provide a balanced sound and accommodate the largest class size.

  • A full complement of pitched and non-pitched ancillary instruments including but not limited to:

    • Recorders - sopranino, soprano (enough for 1 grade level), alto, and tenor

    • Drums of varying sizes and representative of various cultures various sound effects instruments.

    • Guitars

    • Violins, violas, cellos, basses

  • 2 acoustic pianos (one for the music room and one for performance area)

  • Audio recording and playback system

  • Video recording and playback system

  • Computers, with appropriate music software and access to school

  • Printers

  • Electronic keyboards/synthesizers
    • Note: electronic sound sources are not an equal substitution for acoustic sound sources and should be ordered after a full complement of instruments has been provided for students.


      Classroom Materials

      • Sound recordings representing a wide variety of music styles and cultures

      • A set of music textbooks, published not more than six years previously, for each grade level including teachers’ editions and supplementary resource materials.

      • A library of teacher resource materials (software, books, recordings, visuals) for use by the music specialist

      • A library of teacher resource materials about music (software, books, recordings, visuals) for use by classroom teachers.

      • Class sets of manipulatives (e.g. juggling scarves, bean bags, balls, ribbons, large floor staff, sets of magnetic music symbols and bulletin board materials, music games and flash cards, fraction bars, pocket chart for sentence strips)

      • A library of student resource materials that provide a variety of audio and video materials, music related software, books, visuals, and other print materials.