Making Waves in Music City and Beyond!

by Abby @ Quaver on June 18, 2012

in At Quaver HQ,Music Education News,QuaverMusic.com

Did you know Quaver HQ is located on Nashville’s famous Music Row?

The Quaver Team

The QuaverMusic.com Team, Summer 2011

We love being in such a musical city – and today, are re-introducing ourselves to Nashville news outlets and others around the country with the following release:

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When you think of Music Row you normally think of artists, songwriters, and #1 hits.  Now add music education to the list.  Nashville-based company, QuaverMusic.com, has quickly made an impact on music classrooms in virtually every state by developing cutting-edge technology resources for teachers and students. Their program is already being used by tens of thousands of K-8th grade students across the country, yet the company only launched a little over a year ago.

“When I taught music classes a few years ago, I realized there weren’t many good teaching resources available for music teachers,” says Graham Hepburn, co-creator of the program.  “They were often out-dated, incomplete, or just plain boring.  And of all subjects, music should never be boring!”

“So we developed a powerful suite of online resources,” states owner and co-creator David Mastran, “including an interactive website at QuaverMusic.com that students and teachers can use to create their own music, from the classroom or home.”  Teachers have access to additional online tools, including hundreds of Interactive Whiteboard activities, online Teacher Guides, and the ability to issue and turn in class assignments directly through the website, with built-in student assessment tools.  iPad apps are in the works and will begin rolling out this fall.

All of these resources integrate a series of short, TV-quality video episodes led by the main character, Quaver, played by Graham Hepburn.  Quaver is a whimsical music shop owner that leads students through a different musical concept in each episode.  Quaver’s World is part Bill Nye the Science Guy, Beakman, and Monty Python rolled into one, and has quickly generated a loyal following among teachers and students alike, based on the enthusiastic comments posted on the company’s Facebook page.

  • Metro Nashville Public Schools Coordinator of the Arts and leading local champion for music education, Carol Crittenden says, “I have found Quaver’s School Program to be engaging, interactive and on the cutting edge of what music teachers and students need.”
  • Nashville’s Eakin Elementary music teacher, Rita Black introduced the Quaver School Program™ to her students this year and said,  “…it was like opening brains and pouring in excitement for learning musical concepts…”
  • In Franklin, Battle Ground Academy music teacher Shari Gerth was consulted early on during development of the program and agrees, “Quaver guarantees ‘extreme’ learning and retention by presenting core music content in a creative, humorous, captivating and high-energy manner. Impressive!”

Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music™ has already been recognized with notable awards, including the Parents’ Choice® Gold Award, and a 2011 KIDS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARD and MEDIA OF THE YEAR AWARD from Creative Child Magazine’s 2011 Creative Child Awards Program.

“Nashville is known worldwide for its musical community, so it only makes sense that a cutting-edge music education program be created right here in Music City,” shares series Producer, Steve Gilreath.

It helps to have a talented community to draw from in order to pull off a musical and media-rich program like QuaverMusic.com.  The DVD series alone features a cast of over 400, including many local young actors, professional musicians, dancers, and puppeteers.  A handful of local companies also contributed to the final product, including Northstar Studios, Ground Zero, Digital Audio Post, various talent agencies, and many others in and around the Davidson County area.

Located on Music Row, QuaverMusic.com has a growing full-time staff of almost 40 professionals including, graphic artists, animators, audio engineers, video production specialists, AS 3 Flash programmers, content managers and a sales/marketing team.

For more information please visit QuaverMusic.com/Preview or play for free on their website at QuaverMusic.com.

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Thanks for letting us toot our own horn, today!

Check back tomorrow for more of the usual tips, advice, and behind-the-scenes helps for Quaver’s 21st Century Teaching Resources!

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