It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for…time to announce the winners of our 2018 Summer Contest! At the end of the spring semester, we asked you, our Qmunity of teachers and students, to get creative! For this summer’s contest, we ...

 

Quaver Music Blog: Your 2018 Summer Contest Winners!




Your 2018 Summer Contest Winners!

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for…time to announce the winners of our 2018 Summer Contest!

At the end of the spring semester, we asked you, our Qmunity of teachers and students, to get creative! For this summer’s contest, we challenged teacher and students to rewrite the lyrics to the classic folk song, “The More We Get Together.”

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 a very lucky school this year! 

Let’s take a look at the big winners:

Bethke Elementary
Fort Collins, Colorado

Ms. Adams and her students from Bethke Elementary will be receiving a visit from Quaver this year! Her student Collin wrote his very own song to the tune of “The More We Sing Together.” His song, “The Four Men on Mount Rushmore,” introduces us to the presidents who are featured on this famous monument! Quaver himself was very impressed with Collin’s songwriting skills, creativity, and historical knowledge. And we dare you not to get his song stuck in your head! Congratulations Collin! Quaver can’t wait to stop by Bethke Elementary!

Lyrics: 

The four men on Mount Rushmore, Mount Rushmore, Mount Rushmore.
The four men on Mount Rushmore
Are carved into stone.
There’s Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln & Teddy.
The four men on Mount Rushmore are carved into stone.

First, we have Washington, Washington, Washington.
First, we have Washington –
First president.
He was the general against the British.
First, we have Washington, first president.

Next we have Jefferson, Jefferson, Jefferson.
Next, we have Jefferson –
Third president.
He declared that all men are created equal.
Next, we have Jefferson, third president.

Lincoln freed the slaves, the slaves, the slaves.
Lincoln freed the slaves
And was very tall.
He was shot while watching a play.
Lincoln freed the slaves and was very tall.

And last we have Theodore, Theodore, Theodore.
Last we have Theodore –
Roosevelt.
He founded the park system and won the peace prize.
Last, we have Theodore Roosevelt.

The four men on Mount Rushmore, Mount Rushmore, Mount Rushmore.
The four men on Mount Rushmore
Are carved into stone.
There’s Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln & Teddy.
The four men on Mount Rushmore are carved into stone.

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

Quaver will be video chatting with:

Colegio Menor, Campus Quito
Quito, Ecuador

We were so impressed by the bilingual students of Ms. del Carmen’s class from Colegio Menor in Ecuador! We were inspired with their creative lyrics (both in English and in Spanish!) and their awesome movements. Quaver cannot wait to video chat with you! Congratulations Colegio Menor and Ms. del Carmen! Here are just a couple of their awesome videos:

Lyrics:

Si todos cantamos juntos, muy juntos, muy juntos
Si todos cantamos juntos al mundo uniremos.
Del Norte al Sur
Del Este al Oeste
Si todos Cantamos juntos
Al mundo uniremos

Lyrics:

The more we compose together, together, together
The more we compose together, the smarter we´ll be
Cause your notes are my notes
and my notes are your notes
The more we compose together, the smarter we’ll be

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.

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

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How will you get creative with songwriting in your classroom this year?

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Five Ways to Speed Up Your Computer!

Computer running slow? Getting hot? Fan coming on?

Here are some simple things you can do to solve these problems. 

Five Helpful Hints

1. Restart your computer every morning. 

A fresh restart to your device each morning can work wonders! Think of how you feel when you stay up all night. Not so great? Your computer operates the same way! Turn it off and then back on.

2. Keep your computer plugged into a power source. 

When your computer runs on the battery, it tends to slow down certain processes!

3. Make sure your Internet speed is fast enough. 

Internet speed can play a major factor in how your resources run. Your Internet speed should be at least 5 megabits per second. The faster the Internet, the faster your computer will respond. Make sure your WIFI is working properly. Check your Internet speed at Fast.com. 

4. Don’t have more than four tabs open at a time. 

Having too many tabs open on your browser can cause things to go awry fast! One or two tabs open will keep things running smoothly. The more you open, the more likely your computer will slow down and crash.

5. Close down programs running in the background. 

If Word, Excel, or any other programs are open, this slows down your computer. You need to shut down all the unneeded programs you have running in the background to achieve maximum processing speed. Here’s how:

For Macs

Press the Command and Tab keys simultaneously to see icons of the programs running in the background. To obtain maximum computer speed, close all these programs except the browser you are using for Quaver. Hold down the Command key and Tab to the icon of the program to be deleted. Then still holding the Command key down, press the Q key and release both.

Repeat the process for the other programs, holding down the Command key and pressing the Q key. Note, you cannot delete the Finder program.

For PCs

To close programs running in the background on PCs, press the Alt and Tab keys simultaneously and hold them down. A window will pop up with all the icons of the programs. Move your mouse over the icons, right click, and select “close”. Don’t close the browser where Quaver is running! On some PCs, you can start your mouse in the upper left corner of the screen and run it down the left edge, to see the icons of all your programs running. Right clicking on any of these icons will allow you to close these programs.

Minimum System Requirements

To ensure your computer will handle the Quaver website, make sure your device meets our minimum requirements. Check with your district or school IT department if you’re not sure you’re up-to-date.

 

If your class is using an iPad, the following system requirements apply. Red means the iPad will not work with Quaver; yellow means it might work at times; and green means the iPad has sufficient power to work with the Quaver curriculum.

As a reminder, both the Flash and the Non-Flash site should perform at the same level of performance as each other. Switching from one site to the other will not improve your device’s performance.

We hope you’ve found these tips helpful! Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Info@QuaverMusic.com or call our Customer Service Gurus at (866) 917-3633 (Mon-Fri, 7am-6pm CST). 

 

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Celebrate Arts Ed Week in Your Classroom!

QuaverMusic.com believes in the transformative power of the arts in education and invites you to join the celebration this week!

If you follow us on social media, you’d know that this week, we’ve been celebrating National Arts in Education Week!

Today, we are inviting Quaver teachers and students to join in on the fun! 

Yesterday, you saw the many positive ways that arts education has impacted the lives of the Quaver team. Recently, we asked Quaver teachers to finish the phrase “Because of Arts Ed…”

Here are just a few of their answers:

It’s amazing to see how arts education has played a pivotal role in the lives of our Quaver team and our teachers!

We’d love to see how participation in arts education has impacted the lives of your students as well.

Here’s how: 

  1. Visit PollEverywhere.com
  2. Create an account
  3. Go to MY POLLS and click the red CREATE button in the upper left corner of your screen
  4. Make sure you hit the grey ACTIVATE button
  5. Ask your students to be thinking about how they would finish the phrase #BecauseOfArtsEd
  6. Use the given weblink to have students visit the site and enter their answer from their own device
  7. You can also enter it for them from your own computer and lead a discussion about it!
  8. If you have an interactive board, you’ll be able to share the screen on the board and watch as the results pour in creating a word cloud or another visual with your students’ answers.

We’d love to see what they come up with! You can share to social media using the hashtag #BecauseOfArtsEd and tagging @QuaverMusic.

Join QuaverMusic as we advocate for arts education across the United States by joining the conversation with the hashtag #BecauseOfArtsEd. For more information, you can visit www.QuaverMusic.com/WhyMusic and www.NationalArtsInEducationWeek.org.

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Find the Next Mozart in Your Classroom!

With our brand-new QComposer Lite, students can create their own songs with custom tempos and notes and listen to their creations!

Have you ever wondered if the next Mozart or Beethoven is in your class? You don’t have to wonder anymore, thanks to our new Quaver Creatives! We’ve simplified your favorite Quaver Creatives to better support the learning experience. These activities serve as great learning tools for younger students who may need a more simple introduction to composing.

Today we’ll explore one of these powerful creatives, QComposer Lite. This creative will give students the ability to create simple melodies and chords.

Let’s start by clicking on the Creatives icon on your Teacher Dashboard:

QComposer Lite

Compose Your Piece

One of the first things you’ll notice is the note selection box in the middle of your screen. This is a great place to start!

From here, you can select a note value and drag it up to the staff. On some versions of QComposer Lite, you may notice that the box contains a different selection of notes.

As you drag your quarter note to the staff, three things will happen: 

  1. It will hover above your mouse arrow so you can accurately place the note.
  2. A green line will appear to show you which line it will be placed on.
  3. A gray box will indicate the division of the beat the note will be placed in.

To place the note on your selected line, release it. If you want to remove a note, you can simply drag it off the staff and it will disappear!

Once you’re happy with your piece, press the yellow play button to listen to it. The music will stop at the end of the last measure with a note in it.  Click the STOP button to return to the beginning of the piece.

Customize Your Piece

Change the tempo of the piece from Moderato to Presto or Largo by clicking the pop up triangle to the right of the tempo.

Add sharps or flats by selecting the desired icon and dragging the note you wish to add it from the note selection box to the staff. To revert back to a natural, click the sign before you place your next note.

You can paginate through the piece with the yellow arrows on the right side of your screen. The box lets you know which measures you are looking at.

You can start over at any point and return your piece to its original state by clicking the CLEAR button!

But, what about the other Creatives?

All of the new Lite Creatives can be found on both the Flash site and the Non-Flash site. Flash users will find these activities along with the rest of the Creatives by clicking the Creatives icon on their Teacher Dashboard. Non-Flash users will also find these by clicking the Creatives icon but will notice other creatives are missing. Don’t worry! Lite, non-Flash versions are in the process of being created, so stay tuned!

Don’t forget that HELP is here when you need it! Click the VIDEO TRAINING to get learn more the new Lite Creatives. When you get to the Video Training, paginate to the next two screens to access the video training for QGrooves Lite and QBackBeat Lite. 

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Stay tuned to the blog for a more in-depth review of each new feature in the coming weeks. Next up: we’re diving into our amazing new Rubric Builder! We can’t wait to hear what you think!

How you will use QComposer Lite in your classroom? Let us know in the comments!

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New Video Capture Screen is On the Scene!

Watch, grade student performances in just a few clicks!

Evaluation plays an important role in the music classroom and now, it’s even easier to assess students with Quaver’s new Video Capture Screen feature. You’ll find this new tool within Resource Manager. This feature  allows students to submit a video back to you, their teacher, for grading or storage in a portfolio project.

Let’s begin in Resource Manager!

How to use the Video Capture Screen:

The Video Capture Screen is incorporated into the assignment building process. You can read about Quaver’s new Assignment Builder here.

Let’s start by turning a custom lesson into an assignment:

  1. With any custom lesson open, click MENU and select CREATE ASSIGNMENT FROM
  2. Give the assignment a name
  3. Back out of the lesson to see the Assignment has been created in the same folder

4. Double click or select and click EDIT to open the Assignment

5. Now we’ll add to the assignment, by clicking MENU in the purple bar and selecting NEW SCREEN

6. Select VIDEO CAPTURE SCREEN

6. Add a title for the screen by entering it in the Title field & hit ENTER

7.  Boom-Chicka-Boom! You’re done!

You may also want to check out the option on the left side of your screen:

  1. Click EDIT NOTES to add notes for your students to view when they launch this screen in their assignment
  2. Clicking CANCEL on the left side of the screen will close the window without adding the screen to your assignment
  3. Click SAVE to add the screen! You’ll see a completion message to confirm the new screen
  4. Click OK to close.

The Video Capture Screen lives at the end of your assignment. Click LAUNCH to see preview what it will look like to your students.

Students have different options based on the device they’re using.

If a student’s device has a built-in camera:

Devices that have built in cameras or are connected to a webcam can record directly into the screen! The browser will prompt them to allow camera and microphone access.

If a student’s device doesn’t have a camera:

If their device does not have a camera, they can record on another device! Click CHOOSE FILE to upload the recording here. Videos should be less than one minute longer and under 60 megabytes in size. When the video is added, it will appear in your GradeBook for the assignment.

 

Don’t forget that HELP is here when you need it! Click the VIDEO TRAINING to get learn more about using the Video Capture Screen. 

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Stay tuned to the blog for a more in-depth review of each new feature in the coming weeks. Next up: we’re diving into our QComposer Lite! We can’t wait to hear what you think!

How will you use the Video Capture Screen with your students?

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