Dave Mastran, Co-creator & Executive Producer of Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music & QuaverMusic.com, is back again with another edition of Music Matters!
Today you’ll hear a bit of the behind-the-scenes brain work that went into creating Quaver’s resources as an alternative to textbooks. Dave has spent years researching and digging into the world of education, and I’m excited to pull back the curtain and let him speak on what he’s learned.
Take it away, Dave . . .
Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music finds itself in competition with textbooks – of all things! Our experience has shown that money is set aside in schools either for textbooks or for technology, but not for technology-based teaching resources.
Schools spend millions of dollars on music textbooks each year. A mini-bureaucracy is needed in each state to manage the content and procurement of these textbooks, while adhering to a strict set of contracting rules. Every six years or so, two major companies compete with each other for these sales. The amazing thing about the textbooks is that they that seem to have the same content for all grades, yet every grade needs its own textbook according to the rules!
At Quaver, we’ve worked hard to put together comprehensive online and video resources for teaching music. Each episode has a corresponding Teachers Guide full of activity ideas for teachers to choose from, but we don’t have any textbooks. Plus – our teaching resources are good for all grades, customizable by the expert – the teacher!
Our goal is to take advantage of technology to provide the latest interactive, innovative environment for teachers to help kids learn music. It’s the teacher’s job to use these resources in the way most effective for his or her class. That’s an individual decision and allows customization of the lesson plans.
Quaver’s online resources can be updated practically every day – not every six years – and are designed for entertainment and fun. They are accessible both at school and at home. Kids can learn to love music where ever they gather and however they play – with video games and in virtual worlds. There are no textbooks to buy or lug home.
By our calculations, textbooks are at least five times more expensive than Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music for just one school over a six-year period. We also believe the books are only a fraction as comprehensive or effective.
I believe, it’s time.
For more music.
For more technology.
For more cost-effective, interactive teaching.
I believe it’s time for no more textbooks.