How to Make Your Own Music Stand for Home Practice!
This project requires scissors. Ask an adult to help you and be careful!
Step 1: Start with a cardboard box opened up flat. This one is a 15” x 12” x 10” box, but you can use whatever size you have handy!
Step 2: Use one of the pre folded corners as the middle of your stand. If you don’t have a corner, you’ll need to fold the cardboard neatly.
Step 3: Use your band binder or book to measure an equal distance on each side of the fold. If your box isn’t quite big enough, that’s ok- just make sure it’s equal on both sides.
Step 4: Draw a diagonal coming in from each side, but don’t connect it to the bottom! Each edge should be 4-5 inches tall.
Step 5: Use your binder or book again to measure how tall your stand should be. If your box isn’t as big as your binder, make it as tall as you can. It’s ok if there’s a gap from the box flaps, like mine has.
Step 6: Draw a long, straight line from the bottom diagonals up to the top of the stand. The top should be flat, about 4 inches wide.
Step 7: Carefully cut out your stand!
If you stop here, the stand will work great to hold up a band binder or method book or keep going to add a sheet music shelf!
Step 8: Cut an additional rectangle about the width of your binder or book. I just used one of the extra flaps I’d cut off the box. If you want to hold two pages at once, make it a little wider. You can always cut it down later if it’s too big!
Step 9: Fold the rectangle in half neatly “hotdog-style” Hint: using the tip of your scissors to lightly “score” the cardboard can make it easier to fold. Be careful and ask a parent for help!
Step 10: Set the shelf piece into the corner of the music stand.
Step 11: NOW GO PRACTICE!!! And when you’re done, you can fold up the stand and store it inside your binder or book for next time!
This tutorial “How to Make Your Own Music Stand” was created and shared by Ms. Sarah Edwards at Bailey Bridge Middle School. Find more great ideas for band in this Beginning Band Engagement Facebook Group!