We are continually blown away by the ways teachers around the country are using QuaverMusic.com in their classrooms.
One amazingly creative teacher – Catie Dwinal in Laconia, NH – created these 15 Mini-Lesson Plans that YOU can use in your classroom.
Quaver Web Quests:
Mini-Lesson Plans for QuaverMusic.com
The best way I’ve found to use QuaverMusic.com is to give what I call missions to my students. These web quests are a series of steps that direct a student around a website to make it a meaningful lesson or experience. I give a short and sometimes funny introduction and lay out the steps they need to complete.
High to low, low to high, up and down it’s worth a try! Did you know, without pitch, melodies would be quite boring? Follow the steps below to discover the meaning of the musical word: pitch!
- Clown pitch game: Head to the lab and click on the organ. You will travel to EarIQ – a carnival full of games to test your ear training! Practice listening for high and low pitch on the first game. All you have to do is read the directions and poke the right clown on the seesaw.
- Bell game: There is a hidden bell game in the shop! How exciting! Find the game and play it. Read the directions carefully, it’s not about size – it’s about sound!
- QComposer: Now here is the test. Head to the studio and click on the piano. Write a 3-measure melody on the top line. Remember our melody writing rules and only use quarter and eighth notes!
La La La. I feel like singing today! But what shall I sing? Can you help me? Make your way through QuaverMusic.com to find me the perfect melody. Hurry up though, I can’t hold out singing much longer!
- Play melody on the Piano Awning: B A G A, B B B, A A A, B B B, B A G A, B B B, A A B A G. What is that mysterious melody? Play it on the piano awning on Quaver’s Shop door and write your guess on the board!
- EarIQ Intervals: Head to the lab and click on the organ. You will travel to EarIQ – a carnival full of games to test your ear training! Play the game in the middle called Intervals. Listen to each note and try to figure out how many spaces apart they sound. Click on the right cup before time runs out!
- QComposer: Here’s your chance to get creative! 5 measures, access to all of the notes, remember our melody writing rules, and write me the best melody you can!
3. Note Names and Values:
HELP! I bumped my noggin while snorkeling off the coast of Zimbabwe and cannot remember the names and values of the notes and rests on the board. Can you teach me? Help me fill in the missing information on the board by making your way around QuaverMusic.com
- QMeasureUp: Head to the music room and click on the arcade center. Play a game of QMeasureUp! Fit the right length notes into each measure. 4 beats per measure only!
- QStrum: Boogie to the studio and click on the guitar. Use 10 measures maximum for this rockin’ tune. Click on a chord and then fill in a measure using the notes under “durations” by dragging and dropping. Remember to only use 4 beats per measure! Change chords every measure to add some rock-and-roll flavor to your song.
- QAstroNotes: Go back to the QArcade in your music room and play a game of QAstroNotes! Here’s the catch though, before you fire your laser at a note, you need to say the name of each note out loud!
4. Rhythm and Beat:
Tee Tee Tah, Tee Tee Tah, There’s a mysterious beat coming from the closet! Help!! I think it’s the beat monster. We need to follow these steps around QuaverMusic.com to discover our inner beat and rhythm. Then we can feed the beat monster some rhythms before he gets too hungry!
- Shop Instruments: There are lots of instruments sitting around in the Quaver’s Music Shop. How many can you find that will give you a beat that is steady? Write one guess on the board before continuing.
- Metro: Head to your favorite spot on the Metro and listen to the music. Can you find the beat in the song that is playing? Clap your hands to try to find it!
- QBackBeat: Now go to your last stop in the studio and click on the drum set! Gimme a killer beat, take your time, do your best, do not just fill in everything that is there! Pick and choose the sounds you want.
Time for an adventure on the QuaverMusic.com Metro! Explore the world of Quaver and discover all of the music at each stop. Learn about at least two of your favorite stops and find your musical style!
- Metro: Take the Metro to at least two spots that look interesting to you. Listen to what Mr. Quaver has to say and listen to the music. Click on menu and find out where you are on the map before heading back to the station!
- Quaver Diploma: Pick one stop and try for a diploma by clicking on menu and then the book. Read about the music of that stop and answer the questions. If you earn the diploma, write your name on the board with the name of the stop!
- Pick an instrument that would be most common in the music and write a short song about it: Head back to Quaver headquarters and hop into the studio. Pick an instrument in there that would be found a lot in the music you listened to on the Metro and create a 3-measure song on that instrument. Listen to it and think, could I hear this in the music I’ve been listening to?
Oh No!!! Bernard the Turtle (one of our musical friends in my classroom) built a time machine to travel back and meet his favorite composers. He said he would be back by now, but he’s not here yet! Can you follow the steps around QuaverMusic.com to find him?
- Phone Box: In the shop you will find our time machine – Quaver’s Phone Box! Jump inside and visit a composer that is listed. Learn about that composer by listening to the music played, and read about him in the book. Write a fact about them on the board, and play the puzzle before you leave!
- Slide Puzzles: There are composer slide puzzles hidden in the shop! Can you find one and complete it?
- EarIQ Carnival: Beethoven lost his hearing at an early age. Head to the EarIQ carnival by going into the lab and clicking on the organ. Really use your ears as you play the games at the carnival.
1 – 2 – 3! Three notes together is a chord to me! What else do you know about chords? Can you build one yourself? Can you build happy or sad chords? Follow the steps on QuaverMusic.com to become a chord architect!
- Find instruments in shop that have chords: There are many instruments that decorate the shop. How many can play those 3 notes at the same time? Write at least one guess on the board!
- Carnival Chords: Head to the EarIQ carnival by going to the lab and clicking the organ. Play the Chord carnival game. Listen to all 3 notes the guys in the dunk tank and choose the right ball. If the chord sounds happy then it must be major, sad is minor, BIG is augmented and if it sounds small it must be diminished!
- QComposer: Now it’s your turn you chord architect. Head to the studio and click on the piano. Build me 4 F chords, 4 C chords, and 4 G chords using quarter notes only on the top line! Play your chords after to listen to your amazing work!
8. Music History:
I had a large package delivered to me today! What did I find inside? A PHONE BOX! Pete the Cat and I took it for a spin back to the golden age of Disco but Pete got lost along the way! Follow the directions on the board to help me recover Pete!
- Phone box: I lost Pete while in the Phone box let’s start there! Choose a composer and go back to learn about them. Read the book and answer the questions to try to get some new duds for your avatar!
- Metro: Choose a Metro stop to try to find poor Pete. Learn about the history of the music at that stop by reading the book and answering the questions. After you learn about it, try to place when that style of music started at the appropriate place on the timeline.
- Composer Slide Puzzle: After you are done writing on the timeline try to find one of the composer slide puzzles in the shop to work on while we try to finish finding poor lost Pete.
Since our last class, we’ve started a music classroom band and guess what? You’re the manager! There is a down side though, our band has NO stage presence. It’s time to do some research!
- QDancer: To be in a band on stage you have to have some killer dance moves to get the attention of the crowd. Head to QDancer in the studio and choreograph a sweet routine for our next gig.
- Metro: In order to be a good band we need to watch some great bands on stage. Choose a stop on the Metro to visit, listen to the music, and try to answer the questions in the book to learn all about that style of music.
- QSoundFX: Our faces need some emotion to get the crowd revved up. Head over to the lab and click on the QSoundFX. Put your sounds to the emotions video to show us what it’s all about
Up and down goes a set of stairs and so does a scale! Let’s discover what makes scales so special!
- Hidden bell game: A scale goes step by step, find the hidden bell game in the shop and listen to each bell. Put them in order just like the directions on the screen. Can you hear them go up step by step? If you can’t, a bell must be out of place!
- EarIQ Carnival: It’s time to get a little practice hearing the steps in a scale. Head to the lab and play the pitch game at the EarIQ Carnival. Once you’ve got that mastered, play a quick game of intervals to hear what is more than just a step.
- QComposer: Wow! You’ve made it to scale expert! It is time to make your own. Head to the Studio and click on the QComposer piano. Build me a scale going up and down!
11. Music Business:
Want to go behind the scenes of the music biz? Well perfect! I snagged you an internship at a big time music company. You have to know your stuff though, so follow directions below to get on top of your game.
- Quaver’s Studio: To be in the music industry you have to know about playing instruments and writing songs. Head to the Studio and pick an instrument. Write at least a 3 measure (If you are using QStrum or QComposer) or a full page (if you are using QGrooves or QBackBeat) song.
- QDancer: You have to know good stage performance in the music industry, and having great moves is a part of that. Head to the Studio and click on QDancer. Choreograph a killer routine!
- QTrivia: Now it’s time to test your knowledge! Go to the music room and click on the QArcade. Play a round of the Bands category in QTrivia!
12. Instruments and Families:
It is a BIG family reunion day at the park! Instrument Families are everywhere and are getting mixed up! Better get some help to figure out which family member belongs where!
- Interactive Instruments: Search around the Quaver world for the instruments that make music when you click them. How many can you find? Try to pick one instrument and write it in the correct instrument family category on the board.
- Roadies to the Rescue: Time to help load the instruments into the van! You have to know which instrument is which. Head to the QArcade in the Music Room and play a game of Roadies to the Rescue.
- QTrivia: Now here’s the ultimate instrument test! Stay in the QArcade and play a round of “Which Instrument?”
3/4, 4/4, 6/8, 2/4? I’m all confused! How about you? Follow these directions to learn what all these numbers have to do with meter!
- Jukebox: To figure out meter you have to really listen to the music. Head to the shop and click on the Jukebox. Play three songs and try to figure out whether they are in 3/4, 2/4, or 4/4. Write down your guesses under the different categories on the board.
- Metro: Now it’s time to bring your meter knowledge to the streets. Head to the Metro and choose a stop. Listen to the music, how many songs are in 4/4 there?
- QMeasureUp: Here is the icing on the cake. Head to the QArcade in the Music Room and play a round or two of QMeasureUp. I challenge you to play either medium or hard!
It keeps the chaos at bay, it organizes music so it’s nice and neat for our listening pleasure. Follow these steps to learn more about form.
- QDancer: Form is everywhere not just in music. Check out the QDancer in the studio to choreograph some awesome moves. Watch for how perfect each move is, when a move looks great in a dance, that is called having great form.
- QGrooves: ABA, ABACA, AABB. All of these are different forms – each letter is like a pre-packaged little box of music. Head to QGrooves in the Studio and create a song with the form ABACA using the boxes of music in there.
- QComposer: Alright, now head to QComposer in the Studio and write me four measures of melody with the form ABAB. If you have to write in ABAB, how many measures are going to be different?
What rhymes with orange? HELP! I’m stuck writing this song! Can you follow the directions to write a song for me?
- Metro: Head to the Metro and travel to a stop you have never been to before. Play a puzzle game, and listen to the music to gain some inspiration for new song lyrics.
- QLyrics: It’s time to get some amazing lyrics. Head to the QComposer in the Studio and compose 5 measures of melody before clicking the QLyrics button in the upper left and writing some awesome words to go with your melody!
- QBackBeat or QGrooves: Here is the test to see if you are ready to be a songwriter! Create a beat in QBackBeat or QGrooves first. Ready? Now write me a 3 sentence rap to go with it and perform it to a friend!
Try these web quests in your classroom and let us know how it goes with our free kid’s website QuaverMusic.com!
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