Texas Teacher Wins Big with Innovative Teacher Grant for Quaver’s Program
Crista Sereni teaches K-5 Music classes at Ross Elementary in League City, Texas. She met the Quaver team at TMEA in early 2011 and set out on a quest to bring Quaver’s School Program into her classroom.
Her search for grant money to purchase the program led her to an interesting grant option – The Clear Creek Education Foundation Innovative Teacher Grant, a district wide grant opportunity with a math, science, and social studies focus. Crista was not deterred by the lack of “music” in the grant language, and worked hard to bring to light the ways her teaching style brings all of these subjects into the music classroom.
“I stated that studies of music and the brain show that music helps students with pattern recognition, problem solving, etc. and that Quavers Marvelous World of Music was an excellent tool for reaching those objectives in my classroom. I went on to explain ways that would include innovative and multi-disciplinary aspects, a timeline, how it would be evaluated, continuity of the project, and the originality of the project!”
Crista’s hard work paid off and she was awarded the grant for the full kit of Quaver’s School Program! She’s now using Quaver’s resources in her classroom and just this month led a presentation with fellow Quaver teacher Cindy Austin, introducing Quaver’s program to other music teachers in Clear Creek Independent School District.
We applaud Crista’s dedication to her students and the grant process! Congratulations!
To see some of the language Crista used in here grant and for help finding funding to bring Quaver into your classroom visit QuaverMusic.com/Grants.