Quaver Teacher Feature: Amanda Gonzales

by Abby @ Quaver on June 12, 2012

in In the Quaver Classroom!,QuaverMusic.com

Today we welcome to the QuaverMusicBlog Amanda Gonzales – Music Teacher extraordinaire in Effingham, Georgia.

We love teachers like Amanda – who use Quaver’s Teaching Resources to enhance their own creative styles!

Take it away, Amanda!

How I teach Composers with Quaver’s School Program

At Blandford Elementary School, we study composers throughout the year.

  • At the beginning of every class we do an opening movement activity called Brain Dance.  During this movement activity we listen to music from a select composer.
  • We listen to the same composer’s music for a 9 week period, so that by the end of the year we have studied 4 composers over four 9 week periods.
  • When we begin a 9 week period I introduce the composer by showing the Quaver episode from that composer’s time period. Then throughout the 9 weeks I use various Quaver follow-up activities.

I have found that by using the Quaver episodes and various follow-up activities, my students are retaining much more information than in previous years.  Quaver’s Program has really helped my Composer Units come to life, and my students LOVE it!

Quaver Goes Baroque!


My Choice Quaver Resources for Follow-Up Activities:

  • Quaver’s Time-Traveling Phone Box.  From the homepage of QuaverMusic.com, enter Quaver’s Music Shop to find a bright red Phone Box. Inside you’ll find a list of Dates and Composer names for you to call upon.  Once you select the composer, you’ll be taken into their world. There is an online book you can read, music tracks by the composer, and maps of where they lived.  My students really like the venue books as it gives more in-depth info about that specific composer and his life.
  • Online Quaver Classrooms.  There are loads of follow-up activities in each episode’s Online Quaver Classroom.  You can select from various IWB activities and worksheets.  Near the end of the 9 weeks I will use the interactive Quaver Quiz to see how much my students have retained.
Vivaldi Composer Board

Vivaldi Composer Board

  • Interactive Composer Boards.  Click on any of the Music History Online Quaver Classrooms, and then select IWB activities to find these new Composer Boards.  This is another great place to find loads of fun information for your kids.  There is information about where they lived, their life and music.  It is all interactive and very entertaining!  When you finish the Composer Board, you can take a little quiz as well.
  • Jeopardy Game.  At the end of the school year I make a little online jeopardy game that reviews all the concepts and information we studied throughout our Composer Unit.  I use Quaver’s Teacher Guides to help me as I build the online jeopardy game.  We typically play in 2 teams, girls versus boys, and use the projector to display the game.  Just another fun way to review information with your students! You can build your own customized jeopardy game by going to http://jeopardylabs.com/.

I hope you have found my Quaver Composer Unit useful!

I can honestly say that since I implemented Quaver’s resources in my Composer Studies, my students are retaining a wealth of information.  Because Quaver’s Program is interactive, engaging and technology driven, the children LOVE it.  We all know students learn and retain best when they are engaged and having a blast!

Thanks Amanda for sharing your Quaver Lesson Plan with us here and in the QuaverQmunity!

How do you use Quaver to enhance your Music History lessons?

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