3Qs with Quaver: “But I’m NOT Quaver!”

by Abby @ Quaver on February 6, 2012

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Quaver’s always on the move and hard to catch standing still! Once a week, Program Producer Steve Gilreath runs along side Graham Hepburn (aka Quaver) to ask him 3 Quick Questions.

 

Today is all about:

“But I’m NOT Quaver!”

 

 

 

Q1: You are a very dynamic presence on video and in the classroom.  I have heard from teachers on some visits who worry that they won’t be able to ‘do what you do.’  How do you answer that?

Quaver: The DVD’s are really a launching pad for teaching. They are designed to be a teacher’s friend. I hope no-one tries to mimic me!

We designed the DVDs to capture kids attention and provide inspiration in the study and learning of various music subjects. I also hope that my wacky ways make lesson planning a bit easier on teachers!

While there is only one Quaver (and I think we all can be glad of that!) we did have 3 people dress up like Quaver for Halloween (that took some getting used to!!).

 

Q2: So, do teachers have to flap their arms and run around the room to make this program work?

Quaver: Not at all, unless you are teaching them how to fly!! Our experience with teachers has shown that the DVDs provide inspiration and out-of-the-box ideas on how to teach certain musical subjects. I have also found on my travels and workshops in the US that a lot of teachers are more crazy than I am!!

Some teachers find that our ideas help fill in those moments when they just don’t have any creativity left.  We all have those days!  For other more creative teachers, the Quaver Program helps spawn ideas that just keep rolling.  You’ll see examples in the guest blogs by some of our favorite teachers!

 

Q3: OK, but what if we all start speaking with that stuffy British accent while teaching?

Quaver: Really I don’t think that’s going to happen, but it does remind me of a story!

We were in the middle of a Skype Visit with a school in North Dakota, and they had all learned the Quaver Shower Song – then they sang it to me on Skype, with a British accent. Now that was funny!

You can find the Shower Song on the Baroque Episode track 17 or listen here:

 

Really it all comes down to this:

Every teacher has his or her own voice and ‘way’ with their students. That uniqueness is important and the Quaver resources should only help you enhance who you are as a teacher! But hey, if you want to start saying BOOM CHICKA BOOM, go ahead and Bob’s your uncle everything’s tikateeboo.

 

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1 sarah February 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

Not only do they sing the shower song in a British accent- they also tell me to “Never, never, never give up!” in their best Winston Churchill accent!

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