Say hello to amazing new resources from Quaver ! Over the next couple of weeks, we will be digging deeper into our new updates, which include: 10 Brand New Pre–K Lessons Plus A New Pagination Functionality for Full Score! If you’re a Quaver user, ...

 

Quaver Music Blog: New Pre-K Lessons You’ll Love!




New Pre-K Lessons You’ll Love!

Say hello to amazing new resources from Quaver !

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be digging deeper into our new updates, which include:

  • 10 Brand New Pre–K Lessons
  • Plus A New Pagination Functionality for Full Score!

If you’re a Quaver user, you don’t have to do anything to see these features! You’ll find them already active in your QuaverMusic.com teacher account.

1) 10 Highly Anticipated Pre–K Lessons

For users with access to: Curriculum

You asked and we listened! After much anticipation, we are excited to release 10 New Pre–Kindergarten Lessons! Each lesson contains four songs, a story, and a classical music connection. Each also emphasizes both a social and musical theme. Students will see old friends—including Songbird and Boobam—and meet new characters along the way. Teachers will find content to teach a variety of musical concepts—plus movement activities that help develop coordination skills.

The ten new lessons can be found in the Pre–K modules on Places, Holidays, and Seasons—starting in Lesson 13. These lessons cover important concepts such as loud and soft sounds and musical expression. Students will explore outer space, celebrate a new year, and learn about different seasons—all while developing musical skills!

 

2) New Early Page Turn Options: Choose Your Preference!

For users with access to: Curriculum and ClassPlay

Teachings songs in ClassPlay just got even easier! Each Full Score activity now includes options to choose your preferred pacing!

You can now choose between five options. You can activate Early Page Turn by clicking OPTIONS and toggling between 1, 2, 3, or 4 beats. Or, you can keep the page turn as is, by selecting OFF. Our hope is that students will be able to follow along more closely and you’ll be able to teach the song without missing a beat! 

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Ready to dig in? Stay tuned to the blog for a more in-depth review of each feature in the coming weeks and find a complete list of the new resources here.

Which new feature are you most excited about?

 

2017’s Holiday Gift Reveal!

Did you claim your special gift from Quaver this month?

If you grabbed a wrapped gift before the 25th, then you might notice a Boom-Chicka-Brilliant new outfit or items for your avatar!

Which did you choose?

  • Perry the Sheep Outfit
  • Quaver Outfit
  • Baroque Quaver Outfit
  • Golden Quaver
  • Strong/Weak Beat Plushies
  • Phone Booth

Happy Holidays and Happy 2018 from the Quaver Team! We hope you and your students enjoy their outfits and items!

 

Spread Holiday Cheer this Season!

It’s that time of year again…

The schools are decorated, the halls are filled with students singing, and your QuaverMusic.com avatar is eagerly awaiting their EXCLUSIVE gift from Quaver.

That’s right, it’s time for our favorite holiday traditionQuaver’s Holiday Gift Surprise!

We started this fun annual treat seven years ago to show our appreciation for our Boom-Chicka-Awesome student and teacher users! Did you find an adorable pet from last year’s surprise? Or is your avatar sporting a Grunge or Country Western getup from our 2015 holiday reveal?

The big question is: What will you be unwrapping from Quaver this year?

Starting today, we have a special gift for every user, available only for a limited time at QuaverMusic.com.

Here’s how it works:

1. Log in to QuaverMusic.com and click on your Avatar

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2. Select CHANGE MY AVATAR from your Social Profile

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3. Click on INSTRUMENTS and pick one of five wrapped gifts!

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4. Don’t forget to SAVE it!

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You can change your mind and re-select your gift until December 24th. When you wake up on December 25th, your present will be unwrapped, leaving your Avatar with a special new addition—a collector’s item only available this year!


Our holiday QuaverNote code is now live!

Here’s a special code–FrostyWeather–you and your students can use, which will give each account 100 QuaverNotes! Below are instructions to redeem the code:

  1. Go to QuaverMusic.com
  2. On the Log In window, click the “Click Here!” button next to “Have a special Quaver Code?”
  3. Then enter the Quaver Code (FrostyWeather) and click the “Enter” button.

Your students have until January 30, 2018 to enter the code, but the QuaverNotes will not expire.

 

 

 

Save Time with Custom Digital Assessments!

Time is one of the most precious resources for today’s music educators. 

Especially when it comes to assessing each and every students on a multitude of concepts and skills. Digital assessments have become a helpful tool for busy teachers making the most of limited class time. Quaver’s Custom Quiz Builder allows teachers to take this one step further–customizing their digital assessments to suit their specific needs. With a question bank of 2,500+ questions and many customization options, assessments just got much easier, faster, and more effective!

Let’s dive in to this time-saving tool:

To create a Custom Quaver Quiz:

  • Log in to your QuaverMusic.com account and navigate to the Resource Manager via the Teacher Tab
  • Open a New Lesson or Custom Lesson in progress
  • Click EDIT LESSON
  • Click NEW in the top menu bar
  • Select LESSON SCREEN from the dropdown menu
  • Click CUSTOM QUIZ to open the Custom Quiz
  • Title the quiz and get ready to create

The Quiz Builder is divided into two sections. To the left you’ll find the Quaver Quiz Bank. This bank holds more than 2,500 assessment questions from throughout Quaver’s curriculum resources. These are easy to filter, search, and use right away.You can also auto-build a quiz here based on any grade level or keyword. Another great time-saving tool!

To the right, you’ll find your quiz customization tools. Here, you can either create a question from scratch or edit a question from the quiz bank.

To search the Quiz Bank:

  • Click SEARCH QUIZ BANK to see ALL the questions in the question bank
  • Enter any keyword in the ADD KEYWORD field at the top of the Quiz Bank
  • Press ENTER or click ADD. Pressing enter will run the search automatically. ADD will add it to your search criteria and wait to search until you click SEARCH QUIZ BANK!

Once your search results roll in, you can click any question to preview it. The correct answer will be checked. You’ll also notice icons for questions that have audio or graphics inside.

When you’re ready to add it to your quiz, just drag and drop.

Time-Saving Tip: We know that as music teachers, your time is valuable! You can narrow your search and filter by grade. Simply click the grade from the dropdown and click SEARCH QUIZ BANK.

 

How to Auto-Build a Quiz:

For even more speedy quiz making, try our automation option! Clicking AUTO-BUILD will randomly generate questions from the search criteria you already selected. Using auto-build you can generate anywhere from 1-30 questions.

Auto-build is most useful when broadly assessing a concept.

But that’s not all….!

No two classes are alike. Neither are their quizzes! Our Quiz Builder features many customization options to better suit your needs.

Easily  rearrange question order:

  • Click and hold the title of the question and drag.
  • Drop the question to deposit in its new home!

Add your own questions from scratch:

  • Simply click ADD NEW, add text, two answers, and you’re ready to go!

These are all great ways to make the Quaver questions work for you.  And don’t worry, you aren’t making any permanent changes to the Quaver Question Bank. This only adjusts the copy of the question in your quiz. You can find the original again anytime using those handy search features.

To save your Custom Quiz:

  • Click the green SAVE button
  • Find your quiz in the folder it was created in
  • You can return anytime to edit the quiz
  • You can also search for it in Resource Manager or in the Custom Content section of your Library

Our Custom Quiz Builder QTorial gives a great in-depth look at creating your Custom Quiz. It also dives into using the quiz to assess students. An incredibly helpful resource, right at your fingertips!

It’s easier than ever to assess students YOUR way! Custom Quiz Builder makes assessments easy and dare we say, fun!

Boom-Chicka-Boom!

 

Eureka! STEAM Learning At Its Finest!

QuaverMusic’s Fall Quarterly Update is now live!

Inside, Quaver teachers will find amazing new content! See a complete list here. 

Today we’re digging into one of our new original pop tunes, “Eureka!” This song highlights inventors and the creative process—a wonderful foundation for STEAM learning. It also includes two brand-new cross-curricular ClassPlay screens!

Let’s dive in to these benefit-rich ClassPlay activities:

How to access “Eureka!”:

For users with access to: Curriculum & ClassPlay

  1. Visit QuaverMusic.com and log into your Teacher Account
  2. Click the TEACHER Tab
  3. Click the ClassPlay icon, located on the Teacher Dashboard
  4. Type “Eureka!” into the search bar
  5. Access all activities from the Song Hub

 

1) “Eureka!” Lyrics

Have students listen and sing along with “Eureka!” using our LYRICS activity. This song is ideal for grades 3-6. Introduce students to some of the greatest scientists and inventors throughout history. Learn about Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, and more! The lyrics discuss how these pioneers persevered until they created new discoveries. How might your students use determination to change the world.

 

2) Make Your Own Lyrics

Storytelling is great for developing students’ literacy skills in the music room! Make Your Own Lyrics invites students to write their own version of “Eureka!” Select EXAMPLE 1 or EXAMPLE 2 to view suggested lyric changes. Use the DRAW tool to fill in the BLANK section with their ideas.

3) Eureka! Inventors

Easily connect music to history with our Eureka! Inventors activity! Students can learn more about each of the inventors in the song. Each of the 10 frames includes a fun fact about one inventor. Did you know that Archimedes shouted “Eureka!” when he discovered water displacement? Or that Edison held the world record for the most U.S patents for 80 years? This activity promotes STEAM learning as students discover scientific history, technology, and more!

 

Teacher Tip: Encourage students to do some research on their own! Have them pick a favorite inventor from the song or activity. Where were they born? What else did they invent? What is their greatest contribution to science? The STEAM learning doesn’t have to stop with just these activities!

 

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How will you use these activities to promote STEAM learning in your classroom?

 
 
   
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