Music Wand Giveaway! A Fun Attention Getter for Your Art Room

{This Giveaway is now closed to entries! Thank you to everyone who entered. Congratulations to the winners: Susan Lyke and Angela VanFossen.}


Today we are excited to be giving away 2 Music Wands (yes, that means 2 lucky winners!) from Instead of telling you about how a music wand can help you in the classroom, I made this quick video to show you!

Pretty nifty, huh! If you want to enter to win your own music wand (the shape will be a surprise), follow the steps below.

To Enter:

Comment on this article below, telling one way you currently get your student’s attention and how this might add to your bag of tricks. Be sure to include your email address when you fill out the comment form so we have a way to contact you if you are the lucky winner.  This giveaway will be closed on Friday, May 3rd at Midnight. The winner will be chosen by

Best of luck!

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Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.


  • Kristy Rolig

    I play my trumpet! The music wand might be a little more portable!!!

  • Karen E

    This would be a great way to signal for to much talking!

  • I say “Mona Lisa” and the students pose like her (eye, smile, hands resting, sitting tall). The wand may just let bring out the harmony between their ambition/focus and their creativity!

  • Leah

    I use a variety of call and responses- clapping, I say Mona students say Lisa, and I have an old fashioned teacher bell app on my phone. This would be helpful because the students tune out the same thing day after day!

  • Susan Legere

    I would love to have a music wand added to my arsenal of attention getters. The element of surprise is something that does get student’s attention. Teaching 7th grade in a room that will be over 90 degrees in a few weeks; I need all the help I can get! I will look even more like a “Queen of my Art Room” holding my wand!

  • Susan Lyke

    I have a wonderful handmade wooden tree frog, hollow of course with a spiny ridge. Either myself or my students runs wooden stick up his spine and it gently croaks. I bought it from a street vender in Washington, D.C.

  • Susan Bivona

    Currently I clap a pattern and the students clap back! It works, but the Music Wand looks pretty cool! Thanks, Susan

  • D Hoffman

    Sounds like a great attention getter! I’d love one.

  • erica

    Now I use a rainstick. This is really cool and I’ve been wanting one:)

  • Jill Day

    I would love to have a music wand! Currently I say something like raise your hand if you can hear my voice. Some of the kids hear right away, some kids stop talking because they see other kids hands up. Usually only takes about 3 times before everyone stops. This is a tough time of year!

  • Andrea A.

    Love that idea! I have several tricks I use…including flicking the lights, a bell on my desk, and saying “1,2,3 eyes on me” with students responding “1,2 eyes on you!” Keeping several tricks in your bag helps to keep it fresh for me and them and it also gets their attention when it isn’t the same thing every time.

  • maryel

    Musical sounds are a great way to get their attention. I do have some wind chimes that work very well with the younger students. This wand would be great!

  • Helen

    I do have a bag of tricks. I appreciated reading about yours and the ideas from other teachers. I count backwards from 5 out loud but not loud. I have found anything will work if you explain it, practice it, and are consistent with it. Thanks for providing us the opportunity to share ideas.

  • Jennifer Lane

    Love the music wand, and that they have different shapes! I’m an administrator, so I frequently need to get students attention in a large group setting–250 students in the cafeteria for example. We use an echo clap that we teach at the beginning of the school year. I (or another staff member) does a simple clapping rhythm and any other adults around echo as do the students. We teach expectations to then stop, look and listen and that helps us to be able to give directions in a calm and focused way. Love the wand for a class size group.

  • For my younger students (k-2) I will ask, “who can be quietier the boys or the girls?’ This usually works like a charm. I keep an open tally, “Boys are talking, girls are winning or girls are talking boys are winning.”

  • Katherine Braun

    Our school has a silent hand signal (since we are Bellaire Elementary, it’s the letter “B” in sign language) that the teacher or student leaders hold up and the other students are supposed to hold up with eyes on the giver, mouths closed, and hands still. Doesn’t always work unfortunately, and I would love to have the music wand instead! It would give my class some extra “flare,” and be more effective in my opinion. One way I would utlize it is when I need the classes attention, I will go to one of my infamous nonstop talkers and have them strike it for me! They will get the class attention they so crave, and I’ll get to be right next to them to make sure they actually do stop talking.

  • Katy Rowan

    I love the music wand and the other non-verbal attention getters! For the younger students, I say, “Tootsie roll, lollipop, we’ve been talking now lets stop.” It is a Dr. Jean chant and even has hand signals. For the older students I use an echo clap that when they hear it they stop and echo it back.

  • Chris

    Usually we use a vebal signal “Body Basics”. I have a laminated sign with symbols for stop, look & listen I put up on the white bosrd from time to time. I think a music wand would be a great attention getter.

  • Elizabeth

    For getting student’s attention, I either hold up a zero with my hand (for zero conversation), I’ll say give me five and raise my hand and the students are supposed to raise their hand as well, or my personal favorite is I sing, “bada bah bah bah” and the kids sing back, “l’m Lovin’ It!”. It always gets a smile for sure! Email:

  • Beth Bataoel

    In my elementary classroom, my drop ceiling is missing all of it’s tiles, so my room is especially noisy. I also have a handful of students with hearing disabilities that are really at a disadvantage in my classroom when their are 20 plus students working and talking even at a quiet volume. I currently use a wind chime but lately it takes more than one ringing to get some of the student’s attention. What would be nice about the music wand for my classroom is that I could have more than one “noise” to get their attention, and I also love Jessica’s idea to have a student handle it for me. Next year, I am looking to implement a student in charge of our class volume, and this would be a nice way to implement that idea. The music wand would be a lovely addition to my room!

    P.S. I love the Art of Ed!!

  • Vivian

    I’ve used a hand clap rhythm response attention getter. I am using a large rain stick now, but the wand would be a wonderful, portable device I can use, and easier to carry than my rain stick, especially since next year, I will lose my classroom! So a light weight, wonderous wand would be a lovely way to take students into a realm of creative flow, among star sounds.

  • Daisy

    In my art classes I try to use nonverbal cues in many ways. I live in Cajun country and sometimes use a hand forged triangle as my cue. Sometimes I use a lollipop drum. This would be a great addition to the way I get students’ attention or signal that it is time to clean up. Thanks for all you have brought to my art class!

  • Lisa H

    I use a bell to get students’ attention, but allowing students to use the magic wand would be a great motivator to get quiet!

  • Nina julio

    Currently I am using a castanet (a small Spanish clapper used in dancing) I make a beat with the castanet and the students repeat it by clapping back. It’s fun but can be a little time consuming when I add up all the times I use it in a single class. I do not use verbal cues to save my voice, I teach in a long shaped trailer so I have to project my voice in the room.

  • I teach methods courses, and this would be great to share with my students who are looking for ways to set up classroom routines!

  • This would be so fun to use!

  • ArtClassWithLMJ

    Wow! I use the all too common “five fingers”, “hands raised” and I have a designated spot in the room (like a green zone) that I stand if it’s time to begin. The five fingers and hands raised work for my younger kids while the green zone is much more suitable for my upper levels – they tend to ignore the five fingers since they’ve gotten it since kindergarten. There is a good chance I will be teaching lower levels next year and I think this music wand would be a great way to grab their attention – it’s different, fun, and musical! I have used chimes before and this would be an even better attention grabber!

  • Dee

    Wonderful idea! I use a phrase “Hey Class” and they repeat back to me, “Hey What”. They have fun doing this and the wand could preceed my phrase. I am always looking for new ideas to keep our learning fresh!

  • Christy Humpal

    What a fun classroom tool :)

  • Lindsay

    This would be great to have in the classroom! Currently I hold a paintbrush in the air to get their attention. When students notice it they start shushing others at their table. I always thought it would be more effective if it had bells on it to catch their attention, which is exactly why I think this music wand would work better than my current method.

  • I currently use a bell, but I think this would be more fun and a little different than the usual. I’m always looking for new and different ways to make the art room (and even following the rules) more fun. Even if I don’t win, I love seeing and hearing all of your ideas! It keeps me thinking about how to make my art room better!

    Stephanie Fedorovich,

  • Emily

    I use bells that sound like a sleigh ride. If I can’t find the bells, I clap my hands in a rhythmic pattern and have the students repeat it. I think having a better chime would create a more relaxed atmosphere for the students, especially if it doesn’t sound. Love this site! Thanks for all the ideas.

    • Emily

      oops…doesn’t sound like Christmas!

  • I usually use a bell, arm in the air, clapping, or say “classy-class” they respond “yessy-yes”. I also have a witch’s hat that I occasionally model when I am not happy with Junior High classroom behavior, and a wand would be just the right touch complete the ensemble. It would be great to add another item to the arsenal.
    Pick me, pick me!!!!

    • jessica worley

      A witch hat??! I like it! Good idea.

  • I use a music cue. I play that old song “Popcorn”. My kids know when they first hear the song start its time to stop what they are doing and when the popcorn sounds begin its time to put supplies away in the trays or bins at their tables. The song is just about 2 1/2 minutes long and the students know if their whole table is finished up, clean and ready before the song ends they may be getting a sticker or extra piece of “free draw”/Scrap paper to take home. It works like a charm. The kids love the song… its fun, exciting and different and for me it brings back fond memories when AM radio was on the airwaves. (when i was just about the age of my students)

  • For quick attention I ask for the good old fashioned 10 fingers interlocked “Art-Fingers”. It’s quick and easy and its hard to keep drawing or coloring if your fingers are all locked together. “Mouth are closed and ears are opened when your fingers lock together”

  • Vicky Siegel

    Love it!!!! I will be teaching kindergarten art next year- first time in 20 years! I am excited! The music wand would be awesome for them!! I typically count to 3, and then all stop and look at me. But- like others said- this time of year something new is needed!

  • jessica worley

    Got to Get me One of these! Because this time of the year.. the ol’ 1..2..3..eyes on me and …Clap once..twice..three times ……EVEN ..Local College Football Chants.. UT>..SA…UT..SA>>UTSA! Don’t work anymore! With Junior high I have to keep them on their toes!

    • jessica worley

      jessicaworley art at gmail

  • Lisa Hartz

    I’d love one! Right now, I use a clay whistle that was given to me by a retired co-worker. I’d like to put it in a safer permanent place (a student broke one of the legs!) and use something else!

  • Lori Wrankle

    I would love to win this! I use Give Me Five, mostly and the kids freeze. Also, lights off, put your finger on your nose if you can hear me, or a smiling contest. They all work, but I do like to mix it up! Thanks, Jessica!

  • Laura Gomez Ickes

    I have a different table tapper for lining up for each grade level–a “magic finger” for kindergarten (I dressed it up with rainbow duct tape), a stuffed crayon for first grade and a huge blue plastic crayon I got at the dollar store for second grade. I use a cowbell that I bedazzled with rhinestones to get the attention of the class–no matter where I put it I can always find it! The only problem is that everyone wants to ring it and with 300+ students it would be hard to keep track of who got to ring it last. However, I think I will donate ringing the bell at the end of class for a month as an auction item for each class next year–with eighteen classes, it would definitely raise a few bucks and cost me nothing in terms of time or money. In the meantime, I would love to have the magic wand to add to my table tapper lineup!!!!

  • laurasnyder2109

    I use a timer mostly, sometimes give me 5. This little tool would bring a new sound to the arsenal!

  • Melanie Nicosia Interdonato

    I use “mona” with response “lisa” but I would love a music wand. It would be great for multiple step directions because both the students and I get tired of saying “mona” and “lisa” over and over!

  • Kim Hyman

    I use the old clap response for noise control most often but also have used a wait for eye contact silently which ls works some times. A wand would be great!

  • Clare

    I use Whole Brain Teaching……”class-yes” technique. Fun….but they don’t always get quiet right away. At my son’s school they ring a bell for clean up… like a charm! The music wand would be a great alternative to a bell!!!

  • Tricia

    I have been using a bell for the longest time. I have the same students year after year for several years and they all know what they have to do when they hear the bell. This year I changed it up a bit by using a zenergy chime. It works the same as the bell but the sound lingers a little longer. The Music Wand sound a lot like the chime, but the wand is more exciting to look at!

  • Jackie

    I use the “Give me 5” method, I sometimes count to 3 “Eyes on Me” or a timer. Next year I am teaching a new grade level “Beginner-garten”. I think the magic music wand would be a great way to introduce students to the routine of stopping and listening to the cleanup directions. I could also see me using it as a tool to point out great things that are happening in the art room.

  • I us

  • I use wind chimes!! Beautiful sounds that grabs their attention!

  • Crestview Art

    My students would love this! I use 1,2,3 eyes on me but this would be so much more fun!

  • Jamie

    I use the Wong “give me five” method, which is rapidly getting less attention from my students this time of year …..I need something new!!

  • I use several “attention getters” in my PK and K art room. I have a gong, duck and train whistles, honking horn and several other sound makers. I mix them up so that the students don’t get used to the same sound each week. I find that this helps the little ones stop and listen for the next directions. The music wand would be a great addition to my collection. Each day I look forward to reading the posts. This site is a great tool for art teachersand thanks for bringing it to us!

  • Melissa

    Love the wand idea. I use some jingle bells, and use the “one two three all eyes on me” line.

  • I say “Red Robin” and the students respond with “Yummmmm” They love this one and it doesn’t take long for them to understand how it works. The Yummmm does sometimes go on for longer than it should. leighad8448 at

  • I say “Holy Moly” and they say “Guacamole.” A magic wand could be a real surprise!

  • Linda Evans

    My newest trick is a wireless doorbell. I keep the doorbell button in my apron pocket. They haven’t figured out yet how the doorbell rings. The best part is the chime of the doorbell can be set to make different sounds or sound patterns. Also, they know it has been way too loud when the doorbell cannot be heard. I could see putting a trustworthy student in charge of the music wand. It would be a way to reward students who have made the biggest positive changes in behavior.

  • Linda

    …even starting “the quiet game” works for Kindergarteners, although it’s not working as well this late in the year, but I love the sound of the magic wand!

  • Anne-Marie

    Hi, I usually call quiet then hold paintbrush up high or pencil until silence. Often we will have the radio on, so all I have to do is turn it down to grab immediate attention!

  • Steph

    I use “give me five” and then count backwards and they must be quiet by “one”. If I want their hands free, I use a clapping rhythm and they clap back. I don’t want them to drop their materials on their projects, but sometimes it is important for them to put their materials down and look at me so I know they are paying attention.

  • Mary Ellen

    I use Whole Brain Teaching. When I say “Class” they respond “Yes”. I say “Eyes! Hands!” and they freeze, stop talking, look, and put their hands together.

  • KAS

    I say “Red, Yellow, Blue” and the students respond, “Eyes on You!” It works pretty well and also emphasizes the primary colors (some of my upper grade students STILL don’t know them!) The music wand would be a great addition so I don’t always have to use my voice.

  • Clara Crosby

    I would use the music wand instead of my “give me 5” attention getting technique because it would be so much more fun and kinder to my voice and the kiddos ears!!!

  • Angela

    Right now, I use “One, Two, Three, Eyes on Me” I use this with middle school students. I think the Music Wand would also be a way to get students’ attention after I say that. It would get the attention of the students who sometimes “tune out”.

  • Hannah

    One technique I do is say, “Clap your hands once if you can hear my voice, Clap your hands twice if you can hear my voice,” etc. Eventually all the kids catch on and I don’t have to raise my voice.

  • Jacqui

    I use “class, class, class” with their response “yes, yes, yes”. I learned that here and it works but the wand would be great.

  • Victoria

    I use the echo clap technique. It works but everyone else does it too so kids don’t respond right away. I think this is very cool and I think kids would love it.

  • Fran

    I have a bell on my desk when I need active listening I just ring. The music wand is awesome…

  • Kim

    Lights turned on and off, but mostly I just ask for their attentionand I get it! It’s all about expectations

  • Abby Schukei

    My cue is always “laser beam eyeballs on me” and sometimes you can see those lasers coming at you.

  • Mary

    I use the Whole Brain Teaching class – yes! method. I would love to give the music wand a try!

  • Jenette Noe

    I have found a wind chime to be an effective way to get students’ attention. It produces a clear, sweet noise that is much more peaceful than shouting at everyone to pay attention.

  • Sarah Smith

    I have two different systems of getting my students attention. First my husband created a bell system that rings/ chimes when ever I program it for. The two different sounds I have it set for let the kids know it is either time to put their sketchbooks away any get ready to listen or clean up. The second I use my Elmo. When I either need the whole ass or just one student’s attention I write them a ‘love note’ for example…. Jon, I would LOVE for the class to be quiet can you get everyone’s attention or Mary, I would LOVE if you could stop talking so I can teach :) I teach middle school and it seems to work.

  • Audrey Grumbling

    I like to vary attention getters. Two standbys are the backwards count down or wind chimes. Some depend on the situation, or are inadvisable with messy hands, such as: “f you can hear me touch your nose” and the”echo hand clap.” To get a quiet line I will begin a silent touch your nose, and move on to other silent “Simon Says” moves – it’s amazing how they want to follow, and how you have several on-board after just 2 moves. Voice savers are the best. The magic wand sounds terrific!

  • Brigid

    I like to say “hocus pocus” and the children respond “everybody focus”! A music wand would be the perfect prop to add to that attention grabber.

  • C Bellas

    I, and many other teachers in my school use the “give me five” phrase, which the kids know means raise their hand high, get quiet, eyes on the teacher. It is very effective, but not the most creative way to get kids attention. I would love to try a music wand, and especially love the idea of letting a student be in control of the wand, as a way of self assessing when the class has gotten to loud or needs to pay attention. I hate to always be the noise police!

  • Like other teachers, I use the clap-response method, when it gets too noisy and their focus is not at a maximum. I have also used 1-2-3, eyes on me. I have seen the music wand used before and would love to also have this wonderful attention-getting tool.

  • I have been looking for an attention getter that is soothing. I think this wand might be the thing I’ve been looking for.

  • A. Booth

    I use the “class….” and they answer “yes”, using different melodies or voice tones. I also use, I hold my hand to my ear and say “ring, ring” and they answer “hello, hello”

  • mhennessy

    I count down from 5 to zero with voice and hand. When students hear my count down they are to hold a hand up and count down silently. All are usually quiet by one and the last count for zero they make a fist and put hands down. In extreme noise I use a quick tweet on a whistle and then the count down.

  • ptycer

    I use the old clapping rhythm and counting down from 5 and giving directions with each number. By the time I am down to 1, the kids know exactly where they should be and what they should be doing. Having a microphone and headset allows me to whisper the last instructions which settles and quiets the room.

  • s stutzman

    I use classity class class class and they say yesity yes yes yes… or give me five, four, three, two , one… or one two three eyes on me and they respond one two eyes on you or I say clap twice if you can here me