Music Matters: Importance of Music Performance

by Abby @ Quaver on March 22, 2012

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

Take it away, Dave . . .

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Quaver and the Importance of Music Performance

 

Many educators believe that music can best be enjoyed by playing an instrument or singing in a choir.

We agree! 

High school music programs focus on band and choir.  In elementary and middle schools, students are more likely to be playing the recorder, Orff, or percussion instruments.

The majority of Quaver’s Program focuses on learning music theory, music history, how different instruments are played to create sound, and on different musical styles.  For the most part, we leave the hands-on instruction on specific instruments to the professionals: music teachers in schools or in private lessons.

So how does performing music come into play in the Quaver Program?

Here are a few elements of Quaver’s Program that encourage musical performance and give teachers great resources for getting their kids into action:

  • Sing-Along Lyrics Encourage Singing! We just released a new feature for everywhere original music is played on QuaverMusic.com. Quaver’s Sing-Along Lyrics allow students (and teachers) to sing along to any music tracks with lyrics on the site, in your Online Quaver Classrooms, music room boombox, or in the many Venues on QuaverMusic.com. In the future, we plan to provide an application that allows teachers to create their own karaoke scripts for any mp3 they upload!
  • Quaver’s Studio Creatives allow Students to Play Along with Instruments! Our piano composition Creative – QComposer can be used to show the melody line of a song. Students can play along on their instruments in class.  Create your own melodies to play, either on your own before class or together with your students! With QBackBeat, students can pound out rhythms created by anyone in the class. The same is true with QStrum, where we even show the track being played by an animated character.
  • Next up: QPlay! In the coming year, we’re working to create a new resource for instrument performance at QuaverMusic.com. QPlay will be a leveled set of exercises for students playing instruments in class with a backing track.

The Quaver team is committed to integrating the performance of music in the Quaver program with fun learning in all other aspects of music. 

How do you integrate performance into your classroom? Please let us in on your ideas and how we can best satisfy your needs. We promise to be responsive!

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