Are you planning Halloween-themed lessons for your music class this month? Texas teacher Tammy Thiele uses “Skin and Bones” to unpack melodic and rhythmic concepts! Take it away, Tammy! Hello Quaver teachers! My name is Tammy Thiele. I am the Music ...

 

Quaver Music Blog: Easy Halloween Lesson Ideas!




Easy Halloween Lesson Ideas!

Are you planning Halloween-themed lessons for your music class this month? Texas teacher Tammy Thiele uses “Skin and Bones” to unpack melodic and rhythmic concepts!

Take it away, Tammy!
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Hello Quaver teachers! My name is Tammy Thiele. I am the Music Specialist at Jackie Mae Townsell Elementary in Irving, TX. A veteran QuaverMusic teacher, I’m also a member of the Quaver Advisory Council and a Curriculum Contributor.

My 4th and 5th graders are loving Quaver’s Halloween songs! If you’re looking for a Halloween activity this month, look no further! Let’s dive in to “Skin and Bones.” This is one of my students’ most requested songs!


There’s a wonderful Song-Based Lesson around “Skin and Bones” in 2nd grade. Activities are also accessible from ClassPlay or Resource Manager. 

Let’s start in ClassPlay!

Search “Skin and Bones” in the main search field or the Folk/Cultural category. Let’s take a look at the Song Hub:

You’ll find the Song Hub contains a Solfège/Rhythm reading activity. This incorporates 6/8 meter, low la, and dotted quarter notes.  Orff part work is also incorporated in the Arrangement and Learn The Parts activities. These are great resources for extending your lessons!

You could fill a whole lesson–or two–with these activities! To take things a step further this year, I relied on the Full Score.

Full Score Activity Ideas: 

  • Look at the Full Score of the song. Ask students if any pitches look familiar.
  • Pull out your recorders and click Vocal  then select Solo to isolate this part. You will see that the melody contains the pitch F.

Perhaps your students aren’t ready for that yet. Great news! You have options!

  • Click on Key at the bottom of the Full Score screen.
  • Change the key to Em and Boom-Chicka-Boom! You now have a melody suitable for 4th and 5th graders on pitches B-A-G-E.
  • Have students analyze the intervallic relationship of these pitches. Can they discover that the resting tone of the song is low la?
  • You could also focus on the rhythm of “Skin and Bones.” A 6/8 meter is a great backdrop for highlighting dotted quarter notes. What a wonderful math lesson!

You can even use the Orff arrangement with your recorders in the new key!

  • Have students learn the recorder part.
  • Then, click All Parts and select Show All Parts and teach the Orff parts from there.
  • If you prefer to teach the parts using graphic notation or body percussion, you can!
  • To do this, use the Arrangement or the Learn the Parts activity.
  • Then, you can return to the Full Score. Students can follow the notation for their Orff and recorder parts.

There’s a world of things yet to discover in Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music!

Have fun with this song! And have a Boom-Chicka-Awesome Halloween!

 

Include Students in the Performance Process!

Performing is a vital part of the music classroom. And students can glean a lot of skills from the performance process!

This month’s training video focuses on ways to build your students’ confidence with performing.

Join Graham Hepburn and Quaver trainer Dan Monaco starting today, October 9th! They’ll offer examples for building skills through the performance process.

In this training you will learn:

  • How to include students in selecting performance repertoire
  • How to guide students to analyze/interpret music with simple questions
  • How to build students’ performance assessment skills

How to Sign Up:

  1. Complete this signup form to receive a link to the webinar.
  2. The webinar will immediately be delivered to your email inbox—ready to watch when it’s convenient for you. Join the conversation with other teachers in the QuaverMusic Teachers Facebook group. If you’re not already a part of that group, request to join now!
  3. We’ve also created some Training Notes to go along with the training. Visit QuaverMusic.com/OctoberNotes to download it.
  4.  Do you have any questions about this topic? What are you hoping to learn?  You can send questions via email to Training@QuaverMusic.com anytime!

We can’t wait for you to join us!

 

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What questions do you hope to have answered in this video?

 

Help Choose Quaver’s Costume!

Fall is here, and the air is cooling down. Teachers are drinking pumpkin spice lattes! Can you guess what else this time of year brings? 

That’s right! It’s time once again to choose Quaver’s Halloween Costume!

Each year, students and teachers suggest a new costume for Quaver. Then they vote on their favorite suggestion. The winning class receives a video call with Quaver in the costume they suggested!

 

Here’s Quaver himself tell you more:

 

 

The details and dates you need to know:

  • Starting today: Ask your students for suggestions for the perfect costume.
  • Before October 14th: Submit their ideas via the form below – as many as you like!
  • On October 17th: We’ll post the five finalists right here!
  • October 17th-October 21st: You and your students are invited to vote on a favorite finalist! Voting will happen on this page, as well.

And now… the prize!

The class that suggests the costume wins a video call with Quaver! And, of course, he will be wearing the winning costume!

Your students did a Boom-Chicka-Awesome job coming up with costume ideas! Here are our honorable mentions:

  • Composer Quaver
  • Classical Cake
  • Major/Minor Man
  • Fidget Spinner Quaver

Thanks for all your spooky suggestions!

Now it’s time to vote:

Take Our Poll

Voting will remain open until October 21st! 

Good luck!

 

Your 2017 Quarter-Sized Quaver Contest Winners!

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for…time to announce the winners of our 2017 Quest for Quarter-Sized Quaver Contest!

AQuestforQuarterSizedQuaver1_BlogAt the end of the spring semester, we asked you, our Qmunity of teachers and students, to take Quarter-Sized Quaver, and his friends Gwenda and Austin Otto, along on your summer adventures and share your pictures with us on social media. We had an incredible amount of participation! It was so exciting to follow along with Quaver, Gwenda, and Austin Otto’s adventures, to visit art museums in Madrid, to the musical Hamilton in Chicago, to baseball games, on fun road trips, and so much more!

With so many amazing entries, it was hard to narrow it down to just a couple of winners! The competition was tough but ultimately, we are excited to announce that Quaver will be visiting TWO schools this year!

Let’s take a look at the big winners:

Berry College Elementary & Middle School
Rome, GA
Winner for Most Musical Adventure: Kay Chandler Bratton

Ms. Kay brought Quarter-Sized Quaver and friends along on the Pacific Crest Drum Corps’ national summer tour! We felt like we were along for the ride as she shared photos of the many fun stops they made including New Orleans, Disneyland, Indianapolis, and more, all while performing each night!

 

 

Coldwater Elementary School
Coldwater, OH
Winner for Most Diverse: Denise Petersen

Students from Coldwater Elementary School had quite the eventful summer! Quaver and friends visited the Ben and Jerry’s factory in Vermont, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, and even mined for gold– just to name a few of their adventures! We loved following along with their trips thanks to their fearless leader Ms. Petersen!

 

But that’s not all! We had so many great posts, that we’re also going to visit FOUR more schools by video call, as a thank you for their wonderful participation!

Quaver will be video chatting with:

Industrial Elementary East
Edna, Texas

Quarter-Sized Quaver rode a total of 2,387 miles on a motorcycle road trip this summer with Mrs. Cummings! He explored the Texas Hill Country, rode through the Texarkana where Scott Joplin was born, crossed south Arkansas, and even rode in the Mississippi Delta where the Blues began!

Edgerton Elementary
Edgerton, Ohio

Music teacher Ms. Krill brought Quarter-Sized Quaver along on an exciting adventure through Spain where they explored art museums, beautiful cathedrals, and more!

 

Divine Child Elementary
Dearborn, MI

Quarter-Sized Quaver tagged along on all sorts of fun trips with Ms. Shefferly this summer! She even made sure that Quaver did NOT throw away his shot to see the musical Hamilton in Chicago!

 

 

 

Dillsburg Elementary
Dillsburg, PA

The students of Dillsburg Elementary had an adventurous summer with Quarter-Sized Quaver and friends right in their home state! From Hershey Park to Girl Scout camp, we loved getting to tour the great state of Pennsylvania through the many photos we received from Ms. Silbaugh!

 

Congrats to all of our winners, and thank you to everyone that participated!

We’ll be contacting the music teacher at each winning school to set up your school visit or video call with Quaver. You can check out Quaver’s summer adventures in our Facebook album, “A Quest for Quarter-Sized Quaver!

Stay tuned for our next contest! We wish you a Boom-Chicka-Awesome start to the new school year!

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Which #QuarterSizedQuaver submission was your favorite?

 

Easily Track Student Growth with Digital Portfolios!

Have you been searching for easy ways to track student growth in your classroom?

It can be hard for music teachers to show the growth they see in their students each year! Portfolios have become a popular way to demonstrate and track this growth.

Join Graham Hepburn and Otto Gross on Monday, September 11th as they offer examples for using digital portfolios in your teaching!

In this webinar you will learn:

  • How to jumpstart student creativity for composition projects
  • How to create a digital portfolio for your students using Quaver
  • How to easily track student growth from beginning to end

How to Sign Up:

  1. Complete this signup form to receive a link to the webinar the day it goes live
  2. The webinar will be live and delivered to your email inbox on September 11th at 9am Central Time. You can tune in when it’s convenient for you (there is no specific time for this webinar!), and join the conversation with other teachers and the Quaver team in the QuaverMusic Teachers Facebook group. If you’re not already a part of that group, request to join now!
  3.  Do you have any questions about this topic? What are you hoping to learn?  You can send questions via email to Training@QuaverMusic.com anytime!

We can’t wait for you to join us!

 

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What questions do you hope to have answered in this webinar?

 
 
   
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