We believe every day is a great day to celebrate music education, but did you know that March is specifically set aside to do just that?

That’s right – every March, NAfME leads the charge in honoring Music in our Schools Month! We want to get your students and community involved in the fun with a Seriously Fun Quaver Contest.

Seriously Fun March ContestWe want you to create a short video answering one simple question:

How do you encourage Seriously Fun learning
in your music classroom? 

We believe FUN is the key to strengthening the bond between students and teachers and encouraging students to engage in the important musical concepts and life lessons being taught in the music classroom. And we KNOW Quaver teachers know how to have fun with their students!

So tell us: what makes your music classroom Seriously Fun?

  • Do you use songs like Perry the Sheep to spice up simple Recorder lessons?
  • Do your students choreograph their own dance routines in QDancer to perform for their peers?
  • Do you use the QStudent App to make even quiz-taking fun?

Even if your Serious Fun doesn’t include Quaver – we want to hear about it! And we want to challenge you to use your classroom technology to do it!

Here are the details you need to know:

  • Your video entry can be from any perspective – students, teachers, parents, little brothers and sisters, class pets, etc. – get creative and show us your class personality!
  • Use a smart phone, a video camera, or even the webcam on your computer. If video is a challenge, you can simply post a photo that tells your story and explain your Seriously Fun approach in the caption.
  • Upload your entry* to any and all social media platforms you love: Tweet us, post it to our Facebook page, post your video to Vimeo or YouTube – share it with the world and use these tags to make sure we see it: @QuaverMusic #DLDay #MIOSM.
  • We’ll accept entries on all these platforms until the end of the day on Sunday, March 8th.
  • Then we’ll choose our favorites and post them here on the blog on Monday, March 9th – and open the polls for you to cast your vote.
  • You and your students can vote for your favorite example of Seriously Fun Learning until the end of the day Thursday, March 12th.
  • On Friday, March 13th we’ll post the winning entry to our blog and the winning class will receive a load of Quaver goodies AND a Skype Call with Quaver to show him all the Serious Fun in their music classroom! 

March 13th also happens to be Digital Learning Day – a day set aside to celebrate teachers using technology in innovative ways.

Come back to the blog on Digital Learning Day to help us celebrate the winner and all the creative uses of technology in the music classroom!

So tell us – how do you combine technology, music, and FUN in your classroom?

*Be sure to check with your school or district on the necessary steps to post pictures or video of students. Many schools have a standard publicity form or process already in place, or you may need to send home a permission slip to parents. 

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