Have you explored our new ClassPlay activity, Learn the Parts?

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be digging deeper into many more new features released this month! 


 New Feature #4: New International Songs

Can you ever have enough World Music? Based on your requests, the answer is clearly, ‘never!’ Our spring release includes seven new songs from around the world that will have you and your students exploring other countries without leaving the classroom!

Visit World Music or ClassPlay to find six songs from the lands of Australasia and one from Morocco, with a total of 32 new associated activities including great Geography, Language, and Cultural Connections!

Explore the activities available in each of the songs below:

  1. Abebe (Papua New Guinea)
  2. Bound for South Australia (Australia)
  3. Click Go the Shears (Australia)
  4. A Ram Sam Sam (Morocco)
  5. Lime Juice Tub (Australia)
  6. Pōkarekare Ana (New Zealand)
  7. Taba Naba (Australia)

Let’s take a look at Taba Naba – a happy traditional children’s song from the Torres Strait Islands, north of the Australian mainland.

How to find Taba Naba:

  1. Log in to QuaverMusic.com with your Teacher account
  2. Click the Teacher Tab to navigate to the Teaching Resources
  3. Click the World Music icon, located on the School Bulletin Board
  4. Choose SONGS
  5. Click on Australia to view songs from that region
  6. Select Taba Naba in the song list
  7. Use each activity on the SONG HUB to help you unpack this song with your students

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Exploring the music of Australia with Taba Naba:

1) Learn About the Song

Head to the About the Song section, and click on the four different image circles to learn about the composer, what the song is about, where it originated, and even the accompanying dance to the song!

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Teacher Tip: When learning the dance associated with the song, click the yellow PLAY button to hear the song and see the dance.

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2) Practice the Meriam Mìr Pronunciation

Practice the Meriam Mìr Pronunciation for each phrase by pressing the yellow PLAY button and listening to the pronunciation for each phrase.

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Click the What do the Lyrics Mean? button located in the bottom left-hand corner to learn more about the language and meaning of the song.

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Teacher Tip: Expand this activity by discussing the similarities and differences of speaking two languages.

3) Explore Australia’s Geography

Just like the About the Song section, you and your students can learn fun facts about Australia by clicking Geography on the Song Hub! Click on the different image icons to explore unique Australian animals, the Great Barrier Reef, and much more!

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Here’s what David Taylor, one of our Quaver teachers from Downunder (specifically Lynbrook Primary School, near Melbourne, Australia), had to say about Taba Naba and working with Quaver on our new Australasia songs:

“I have been very honoured to have worked with the awesome people at Quaver Music to bring Australasian songs to World Music. Taba Naba was an obvious choice – it is very well know here in Australia, perhaps even more so because the famous children’s group “The Wiggles” recorded the song some time back.

“It’s also been so much fun bringing together the other songs. Our own school choir performed “Bound For South Australia” at our annual “Harmony Day” concert earlier this year and the students were very excited to hear the dynamic recording presented in World Music. I absolutely love the recording and animation for one of my favourite Aussie songs, “Lime Juice Tub.”  What an amazing creative team at Quaver!”

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How will you use these Australasia songs with your students? What are some of your favorite World Music songs and activities?

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