Quaver Teacher Profile: Catie Dwinal, Techie Extraordinaire

by Abby @ Quaver on March 13, 2012

in At Quaver HQ,In the Quaver Classroom!,QuaverMusic.com

Today on the blog, we are thrilled to introduce you to a Quaver Teacher in the great state of New Hampshire.

Catie Dwinal teaches General Music to a lucky group of elementary students in Laconia School District.

Take it away, Catie!


“Okay ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to work with QuaverMusic.com today,”

My students will stand up and cheer as soon as these words jump out of my mouth!

I teach K-5 general music and am a big techie. Technology is my secret weapon to reinforce concepts my students learn in the classroom. I’m fortunate to be in a district where I have so much technology available to me, and I take full advantage of this fact.

Ms. Dwinal’s students enjoying QuaverMusic.com!

I use QuaverMusic.com in my classroom all the time!

For my younger students:

  • I pull QuaverMusic.com up on our classroom projector, and we jump on the metro and travel to a concert venue to learn about different styles of music.
  • We also love to bring up QComposer and work together to write a rockin’ melody, and play it like rock stars on our classroom instruments.

For my older students:

  • I sign out one of our netbook carts so each student can have their own computer.
  • I started to give my students QuaverMusic.com Missions to provide them with meaningful guidance as they made their way around the site. These missions have quickly turned into competitions and role-playing adventures!
  • When they enter the classroom, their QuaverMusic.com Mission for the day is ready for them on the board. Something like this:

Dear Friends, We’re on a mission from Quaver today!

  1. Let’s log on and head to the Metro and check out the Pop Music Stadium.

  2. Listen to the songs and focus on the drums. How do they sound?
    What parts of the set do you hear?

  3. When you think you’ve listened closely Mr. Quaver needs a new drum set part for a pop song and you’re the only ones who can help.

  4. Head back to the Studio and write a new part on the drum set that would fit into a Pop song.

  5. Remember to complete the mission before class ends and save your work, stay at a whisper, and BOOM CHICKA BOOM!

My missions can ask my students to do anything from researching facts about different styles of music on the Metro to traveling back in time to visit a composer. Their favorite mission so far is when Mr. Quaver is in trouble and he needs a new melody right away!

The more competitive you make the mission the more they do and the more they learn.

I use Quaver often with my students in the classroom because they enjoy watching and listening to someone who is as crazy as I am. It has become a regularly requested staple in my lessons by all of my 600 students.

From kindergarten to fifth grade, each one can relate to some aspect of Quaver’s Program – everything from the website to the DVDs are extremely user-friendly, and it’s fun for everyone!

How could you use Quaver’s Program with the technology available in your school or district? Did any of Catie’s great ideas spark your imagination?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 sarah March 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Great idea Catie! I never thought to do a webquest with the site. What a great way to get the kids exploring the website! Thanks for sharing!


2 sarah March 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Quick question- how do all your kids log-in? Do they all have an account? Do you have a school account?


3 Catie March 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Hi Sarah! Thank you! and I do login accounts 2 different ways. Some of my 5th graders have their own emails so when we are on Quaver as a fun day I let them log in using that. For everything else I have 1 school account for each school I teach at for all students to use. I just write the Quavername and password on theboard and most can log in without help. Having 1 account for all students helps me not only deal with log on issues better, I can also monitor what is going on and save student work! :)


4 Fred Laughlin March 13, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Great post, Catie. Many thanks for sharing your experience.


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