Quaver Teacher Feature: Jean Pittman on Georgia Performance Standards

by Abby @ Quaver on August 14, 2012

in In the Quaver Classroom!,QuaverMusic.com

Today we welcome to the blog dedicated music teacher Jean Pittman of Garden City Elementary in Savannah, Georgia. Jean worked hard to incorporate Quaver’s resources into her standards-and-assessments-focused curriculum, and we’re excited to share her ideas with you!

Georgia Music Standards

Organizing Quaver’s School Program to comply with Georgia Performance Standards:

Georgia teachers must meet a common set of curriculum standards referred to as Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). Take a look at how Jean incorporates Quaver’s Four Units of DVD episodes into her Lesson Plans for the year, meeting various GPS along the way.

First Nine Weeks – Singing (GPS 1)

  • Pitch
  • Vocals

Second Nine Weeks – Instruments (GPS 2)

  • Woodwind
  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Keyboards
  • Guitars and Frets
  • World Music – Chordaphones, Lamellaphones, Idiophones, Aerophones, Membranophones – Using Quaver’s World Music in the Online Quaver Classroom Lobby

Third Nine Weeks – Music Theory and Technology (GPS 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7)

  • Musical Alphabet
  • Grand Staff and Middle C
  • Lines and Spaces
  • Notes and Rests
  • Duration
  • Beat
  • Tempo
  • Articulation and Tempo
  • Dynamics
  • Chords and Harmony
  • Form
  • Rhythm
  • Writing a Rhythm
  • Writing a Song

Fourth Nine Weeks  Music History (GPS 8 & 9) & Movement and Music (GPS 10)

Music History Unit

  • Baroque
  • Classical
  • Romantic
  • Impressionist
  • 20th and 21stCentury
    • Blues
    • Rock
    • Reggae
    • Country

Movement and Music Unit

  • Ballet – Using QDancer at QuaverMusic.com
  • Hip Hop – Using QDancer at QuaverMusic.com

End of the Year: Unit Review

  • Quaver Trivia Games – Using the QArcade at QuaverMusic.com


In each of these Units, Jean has developed loads of lesson ideas, some coming from Quaver’s Teacher Guides and others from her wealth of experience and creativity. Take a look:

Sample Lesson Plan using QuaverMusic.com:

  1. Using Interactive Whiteboard in the front of the room, sign into Teacher Account and click on Bus Stop
  2. Click on World Music
  3. Click on Membranophones
  4. Read information about Membranophones and each instrument
  5. Have students build a rhythm pattern using Popsicle sticks (quarter, 2 eighth notes, quarter rest)
  6. Invite them to play their pattern on the Bodhrán.
  7. Next, have students transfer their pattern to QBackBeat
  8. If there’s extra time, students can play QDrumBeat in the QArcade in their music room as a reward.

More great lesson ideas from Jean:

  • Using the Form Classroom’s Music Track: Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star: Take glow in the dark markers and design 12 different stars to go with Mozart’s 12 variations. Also, use flashlights on the ceiling that have the lens colored in with colored permanent markers to the music.
  • For real life connections (a term used with the new teacher evaluation tool – teacher keys or class keys), pretend to be sound engineers with The Cartoon Network and the Disney Channel by cuing up QGrooves at QuaverMusic.com. Or create your own sound effects like a Foley artist with QSoundFX! Example: Talk about an appropriate tempo for a hamster in a cage on a treadmill – presto (Use this as an exercise with the Quaver Tempo DVD).
  • Using the Romantic Period Classroom’s Music Track: Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals: After students made fish props to use with the improvisational movement activity, add a children’s book to act out the story with the fish props. (ex. “The Pout, Pout Fish”)
  • Make up words with the music alphabet like a word scramble-type game. Now use those words as a secret code to write a story. Underline the words that are your secret code music alphabet words and chart them onto QComposer.
  • Build rhythm patterns using color play dough, Popsicle sticks or side walk chalk. Now transfer those patterns to instruments pitched (in pentatonic) or non-pitched. Transfer all rhythm patterns onto QBackBeat.
  • Cut up colored construction paper into strips. When a student gets a question right on the Quaver Quirky Quiz or in a Venue Quiz at QuaverMusic.com, give them a construction paper slip. The student with the most colored construction paper slips now earns the right to play the match games or puzzle games in Quaver’s Venues and even gets first dibs on other QArcade games.


Thanks to Jean for sharing all these fabulous standard-focused ideas. Here’s what she has to say about using Quaver in her classroom:

Every music teacher should have this product for their K-8th grade school’s general music program because there is nothing out there like this product. It will kick it up a notch in your classroom, right into the 21st century and turn your students onto music activities that make your classroom a huge success. My students love Quaver!


We love seeing Quaver taken to the next level by creative teachers like this! Do you have any ideas to add to Jean’s list?

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1 Dr. Janice G. Bass August 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Great job! It is always awesome when the common core assessements are included and children are excited about learning. Continue to motivate children learning through music with hands on learning strategies.


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