A Grant Success Story: Sherri Thompson

by Abby @ Quaver on April 26, 2012

in At Quaver HQ,Grant Watch

Oklahoma Teacher awarded Shawnee Educational Foundation Grant for Quaver’s Program!

The Quaver fever has reached Oklahoma! It had to happen “sooner” or later, right?

*pause for corny joke to sink in*

Starting the Quaver-rush in Oklahoma!

As news of Quaver’s resources for teachers spreads across the country, teachers like Sherri Thompson in Shawnee, Oklahoma, take matters into their own hands to bring Quaver to their classrooms.

“I saw the Quaver logo in an NAfME journal and decided to Google it and check it out.  When I saw how awesome it was, I knew I had to have it for my classroom!”

With no budget for new materials, Sherri had to get creative!

She looked to her local Shawnee Education Foundation for one of their annual grants.

“I found out about Quaver the weekend before the grant application was due and spent my weekend writing the grant. I was thrilled to find out that I was selected right before Christmas!  I ordered the materials and we got started right after Christmas break.  I even got to preview Quaver’s Program for the Shawnee Education Foundation banquet in February, and I got so many positive responses!”

Here’s how Sherri is now using Quaver in her Jefferson Elementary School Classroom:

  • I am currently using the videos, SmartBoard activities and Quaver Quirky Quizzes as preparation for our District Fine Arts test. I am hoping to see the results of all of our Quaver lessons in higher test scores.
  • The kids are also spending a lot of time on the Quaver website at home.  They are experimenting and creating their own music!  They come to school and want to log in on the SmartBoard to share their creations with the class.
  • We especially enjoyed the “Chords and Harmony” lesson.  We played the 12-bar chord progression on boomwhackers and played along with the Front Street Lads on the theme song for that lesson!  It was great fun!
  • Following testing, we will be covering the families of the orchestra videos in preparation for our field trip to see the Oklahoma City Philharmonic perform.  I love how these lessons tie in to what we have already been doing.”


We applaud Sherri’s dedication to her students and the grant process!

To see some of the language Sherri used in her grant and for help finding funding to bring Quaver into your classroom visit QuaverMusic.com/Grants.

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1 bojacobs44@gmail.com June 19, 2016 at 10:39 pm

I love Mrs.Thomson with all my heart and i will forever, I was also one of her students! She is the nicest people I have ever met!She had a Honor choir, I loved the kids and there voices! It is to bad she had to retire 2016.


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