Engage Students in Music Education all Summer Long! Teachers and students around the world are invited to kick off the summer with our Second Annual Digital Field Trip. Last year, Quaver introduced the Digital Field Trip as an end-of-the-year event for ...

 

Quaver Music Blog: Make This a Music-Filled Summer For Your Students




Make This a Music-Filled Summer For Your Students

Engage Students in Music Education all Summer Long!

Teachers and students around the world are invited to kick off the summer with our Second Annual Digital Field Trip.

Last year, Quaver introduced the Digital Field Trip as an end-of-the-year event for Quaver users around the world. In our first year, the event reached over 400,000 students!

Here’s what a few teachers had to say about last year’s Field Trip:

The Digital Field trip reinforced concepts students have learned this year in a seriously fun way – Things like: Form, Steady beat, Improvisation, and Composition just to name a few! – Carol Froehlich, Pittsburgh, PA

The Field Trip provided a nice closure for the school year–something that is always useful and supportive to music teachers! – Linda Miller, Elizabethtown, KY

This year, we’ve got even bigger plans for engaging and energizing your students to continue their pursuit of music even after the final bell rings!

Check out last year's Field Trip!

On May 9th, we’re sending Quaver and friends back to YOUR classroom with a brand new 25 minute mini-episode just for you and your students.

Quaver, Gwenda, and Austin Otto will guide students on an adventure exploring movement and dances from countries around the world. They’ll offer educational facts that relate to the general music classroom, invite students to participate in easy-to-follow activities, and inspire students to take music with them on all their adventures this summer. 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • What: A Digital Field Trip with Quaver
  • Where: Your Classroom! (via our QuaverMusic Ustream channel)
  • When: May 9th* at the top AND middle of every hour, from 8 a.m. EST to 3 p.m PT

All you have to do is tune in at the time that works for you! Tune in with your students in individual classes or as a school wide event. Register now for more details.

*Can’t watch it live?

Do not fear! The Digital Field Trip will be available as a recording online through the end of June. You will be able to access that “on-demand” version on our Ustream Channel starting May 9th as well.

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How do you encourage your students to keep making music all summer long?

 

 

Ensure Your Students are Performance-Ready

A better way to improve vocal technique!

Picture this: Your students are preparing for their end-of-the-year performance, and you notice they’re still struggling with vowel tones. Time to pull out your handy-dandy Quaver Choral Toolbox! Located within our Choral Resources is a Choral Toolbox that is loaded with activities that extend the learning and fit your teaching needs. From vocal warm-ups to assessments, this Toolbox provides you with resources needed to reiterate proper vocal techniques with your students.

Quaver Choral Resources are available to Curriculum users with access to Grades K-3.

How to access our Choral Toolbox:

  1. Log in to QuaverMusic.com
  2. Click the Teacher Tab to navigate to the Teaching Resources
  3. Click the Quaver Choral Resources icon, located in the middle of the Teacher Dashboard
  4. Choose any of the categories from the Choral Toolbox, located directed under the Choral Lessons

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Unpacking our Choral Toolbox:

Icebreakers

Icebreakers are great for getting your students mentally and physically ready to sing! Activities, such as Singing Position and Perfect Position, help students practice proper singing position while standing and sitting. Along with positioning, breath control is also very important in singing. Prepare the Breath and Fire the Engines help students with proper breathing technique. Other activities like Rocky Mountain Dance, Shaker Icebreaker, and 3/4 Meter help incorporate movement and introduce dynamics.

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Warm-ups

Get your students vocally ready with any of our Warm-ups! Students can practice using consonants with our Beatbox Warm-up, focus on vowel shape with Hooty Owl Vowel, Tonel Vowels, and Building Diphthongs, or work on breathing with Bridging the Breath, Breath Anatomy, or Fiddle Breaths. After you’ve covered the basics of breath control and tone, have students sing using our Solfège Ladder, Stop and Go Harmonies, Fly Through the Line, and more!

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Sight-reading

Sight-reading is important when introducing students to a new piece. Each of our Sight-reading activities correlate with a song in our Choral Lesson – providing you with a variety of keys and meter options. 

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Planning Resources

The Planning Resources section of the Choral Toolbox includes a Getting Started with Choir guide that helps you plan, prepare, and play. When planning your program, you need to choose songs for students to perform. Our Selecting Repertoire guide helps you determine the songs you should include in your program.

Assessments

If you’re looking for any of the Choral Lesson worksheets, then check out the Assessments section of the Toolbox! You can also find our interactive Performance Evaluation rubric – perfect for evaluating individual and group performances and emphasizing goals for the choir.

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Additional Resources

In the Additional Resources section you’ll find a Pitch Pipe and some of your favorite resources like Explore the Modes, Bell Challenge, Solfège Guide, and more!

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Start unpacking our Choral Toolbox today, and let us know what your favorite tool is!

 

Take Advantage of Earth Day!

Easy Earth Day Connections for Grades 3-5

Earth Day inspires awareness of and appreciation for earth’s environment, but why should the science classroom be the only place students learn about our planet? Bring cross-curricular connections into the music room, and teach students about our social responsibility to take care of the world we live in with music! “Save the Planet” and Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” both emphasize social responsibility and provide opportunities for cross-curricular connections.

How to access “What a Wonderful World” and “Save the Planet:”

  1. Log in to QuaverMusic.com
  2. Click the Teacher Tab to navigate to the Teaching Resources
  3. Click the ClassPlay icon, located on the Teacher Dashboard
  4. Use the ClassPlay search bar to find “What a Wonderful World” or “Save the Planet”

Earth Day Music Activities:

“Save the Planet”

“Save the Planet” teaches students different ways to take care of the planet. From recycling and reusing to new energy sources, this song opens a cross-curricular discussion for students to share what they learned in science class.

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Orff instruments can also be implemented easily into this lesson. With our Full Score Activity, located in the Song Hub, you can customize based on your teaching needs. You can adjust highlight settings, show or hide parts, and solo parts to make breaking down the song easier.

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“What a Wonderful World”

Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” is a great song that reminds us to appreciate the beauty around us. Before singing the song, have your students discuss, as a class or with a partner, the changes they can make in their daily routines to keep our world beautiful. For example, they could properly dispose of their lunches, use reusable water bottles instead of plastic, or carpool with a friend to school.

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Earth Day is April 22, 2017. How will you celebrate?

 

 

How to Differentiate Instruction with Quaver’s Resource Manager

Customization is crucial to sound instruction in the general music classroom.

No two classes are alike, and music teachers – who often see every student in the school – must lead lessons that are flexible to a diverse student population.  Technology can also equip teachers to mold their curriculum resources to suit their teaching style and pedagogical approach. With simple drag-and-drop functionality and options to import outside resources, Quaver’s Resource Manager makes it easy for teachers to search for and customize their Quaver Curriculum resources to meet their needs. Read on to learn more about recent upgrades to Resource Manager functionality.

Each Tuesday we bring you a Tip of the Week to make using your Quaver resources easier than ever. Today’s Tip is a part of our series unpacking Spring Updates to Quaver Curriculum resources.  

New Feature #3: Easier Customization with Resource Manager

While our recent upgrades to Resource Manager focused on improved search functionality, the customization piece of the puzzle also got a facelift. Teachers can easily drag resources from their search results into custom folders or lessons and can even create their own custom lessons from scratch. Let’s check it out!

How to access Resource Manager:

  1. Log in to QuaverMusic.com
  2. Click the Teacher Tab to navigate to the Teaching Resources
  3. Click the Resource Manager icon, located at the top of the Teacher Dashboard

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How to Customize using Quaver’s Resource Manager:

For starters, the MENU button is your new secret weapon and will be your go-to throughout the customization process.

1) Create a Custom Folder

First you need to create a folder by clicking the MENU button located in the top right-hand corner. Select NEW FOLDER from the drop-down menu and then give the folder a new name in the pop-up window. We’ll use “3rd & 4th Grade Choir.”

2) Add a Lesson

Once your folder is created, you can easily add lessons to it!

  1. Select the folder you wish to use by clicking once on the yellow folder icon.
  2. Click the Quaver Curriculum icon to open a list of all lessons and drag-and-drop your favorite Quaver lessons into the folder.
  3. To create your very own lesson from scratch: go back to the MENU button and select NEW LESSON from the drop-down menu.
  4. Give your lesson a name, like “Choir – Week 1,” and hit OK.

Boom-Chicka-Boom! You’ll find your new lesson waiting for you in your custom folder.

3) Add Screens to your Lesson

Now that you’ve created a lesson, you can easily add a few screens to your custom lesson! Click on the lesson you want to customize. A Preview Window will appear at the bottom of the screen. Select EDIT and now ready you’re ready to drag-and-drop your favorite resources into your lesson.

Let’s search for some warm-ups for the first day of choir.

  1. In the middle panel of Resource Manager, select the Quaver Choral Resources icon.
  2. Using the Type Filter, narrow the search down to “Mobile-Enabled” screens.
  3. Then drag-and-drop a few Icebreakers into your custom lesson.

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In addition to these Icebreakers from Quaver, you may want to add a few lesson screens of your own design!

Creating Lesson Screens

To add a new custom screen to your lesson, click the handy MENU button and select NEW SCREEN from the drop-down menu. You’ll notice that the options in the drop-down menu have changed to better aid you in this step of the customization process. When editing a lesson, the MENU button provides options to rename the lesson, view the Lesson Plan, edit Lesson Plan headers, share the lesson, and create a new screen.

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Teacher Tip: When you select SHARE LESSON, the lesson icon will change to orange – indicating that is has been shared with other teachers within your district. You can find all of your shared lessons by clicking the Custom Content icon in the Resource Manager. If you ever want to unshare the lesson, simply go back to the MENU button and unselect the share lesson option.  

Once you’ve selected NEW SCREEN, you can add resources you already own, such as YouTube clips, audio files, hyperlinks, and more! Give your new screen a title, paste/attach the file, and edit the notes. When you’re ready to add it to your lesson, click SAVE. Your new screen can now be found in your custom lesson.

If you want to delete any of the folders, lessons, or screens you created, simply select the item and drag it to the trash can that appears in the left-hand corner.

Dig in today to experiment with the new and improved customization capabilities! For even more help, check out Quaver’s Resource Manager Customization Qtorial accessible from the HELP menu located below the EXIT button on the right side of your screen.

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Has our Resource Manager helped you customize your teaching to meet your needs?

 

 

April 2017 Webinar Tomorrow!

Did you enjoy last month’s webinar on classroom management?

Our April Webinar airs tomorrow – Tuesday, April 11th!

Live Music Ed WebinarsTuesday, April 11th
4:30 p.m. EST/3:30 CT
Quaver Ustream Channel

Tune in to our Ustream channel to learn more about the new content we released this month and get your questions answered. Quaver Trainer Valerie will walk you through our new and improved Resource Manager.

 

If this is your first Quaver webinar, here is how you can participate:

  1. Visit our Ustream Channel to stream Quaver via video to your computer screen
  2. Log in, click chat and type your questions and comments to chat with Quaver’s team!
  3. If you can’t watch it live, no worries! A link will be shared on the Quaver Music Blog the following day – allowing you to watch at your own convenience.

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Who will be joining us for our webinar tomorrow?

 
 
   
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