Last year, I had an entire bulletin board specifically for Melody Mountain. I wish I still had that.. My principal also doesn't want us hanging stuff on the walls because of holes/residue....anyway, I'm trying (still) to figure out how to get it up without a bulletin board. I'm supposed to get one eventually....
I made the rise on the hill smaller for mi-fa, and again for ti-do (this really helps my kids with half steps).
When I introduce a new note, I tape one of these guys up on a house:
I make up silly little stories about each note. For example, "do" is a girl who just really loves rocks. Her favorite music is "rock and roll," her favorite candy is "pop rocks," and her favorite game is "rock paper scissors." She always does "rock," of course. And, because she built her house out of rocks, it is pretty heavy, so it has to be at the bottom of the mountain.
Each of my stories helps the kids remember where the note is in relation to the others, as well as the hand sign with the note. Then, the kids remember that when do is in a space, all of the other "girls" are in spaces too, and when do is on a line, all of the other "girls" are on lines as well. This quickly resolves which note goes where. All the kids do is find do, or look for the do clef, and they are all getting great at alternating lines and spaces on the staff.
This technique has worked pretty successfully for me for a few years, and then came along the movie "Frozen." For some reason, this little clip stuck with me:
Whenever I show a "mystery measure" on the board when the students come in, sometimes the first thing I hear is: "Oh, look - the girls are impaled today!"
It's just these little things that make me happy :)