Music Matters: Improving Lesson Retention With Quaver

by Abby @ Quaver on November 17, 2011

in At Quaver HQ,Music Matters

Dave Mastran,  Co-creator & Executive Producer of Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music &, is back again with another edition of Music Matters!

Today is all about results and the research we’re putting together to make Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music even more effective for music educators.

Take it away, Dave . . .


We recently received the results of an interesting test developed by Ross Gentry, a middle-school music teacher in Glendale Heights, IL.  Ross taught his students about verses, refrains, bridges, and interludes, as well as, forms – such as the Rondo form.  He explained the concepts on one day to three classes, and then on the following day showed them Quaver’s Episode #16: Form.

Here’s a clip from the episode Ross’s students watched on Rondo form:

Ross gave a short test to his students both before and after the video viewing.

The test scores before the video averaged around 60% and after the video – over 90%, a significant improvement.  He credits the Quaver episode with “certainly helping clarify some of the previous day’s concepts.”

Ross’s test was by no means scientifically rigorous, nor statistically representative, but it got us thinking!

As a result, Quaver Music is developing a more scientifically designed test to identify the improvement in lesson retention and interest in music achieved by teachers who use the Quaver Program’s resources.  To do this, we need to control for several variables, including:

  • Profile of  Students (Urban/Suburban)
  • Type of Material Taught (Analytic/Artistic)
  • Experience of the Teacher
  • Grade Level of the  Students
  • Existing Music Teaching Resources In School (Traditional/Computer)

Not only are we interested in comparing test scores, but also looking at more subjective information, such as how much students look forward to their music classes,  and their level of interest in music in general and playing an instrument in particular.

As well, we are interested in Teacher reaction to the Quaver program.  We would like to find out how much prep time is required before and after Quaver; whether the program is comprehensive in terms of providing the resources teachers need; and what value teachers believe Quaver adds to their classrooms.

Our goal is to come up with some definitive results to help Music Supervisors present both quantitative and qualitative justification for bringing Quaver into their schools.

Would you be interested in helping us with this research?

Any music teachers with ideas or who might be interested in participating in the testing, please let us know by sending an email to us at!



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