New Hampshire teacher Catie Dwinal is back to share her tips and tricks for using the Creatives at QuaverMusic.com with her K-2 students!
Take it away, Catie!
Being a true Quaver teacher, I try to integrate the program into all levels of my teaching in some way, shape, or form.
With my younger students, I have found it really easy to log in to QuaverMusic.com and use some of the hundreds of tools there to get their attention, even if only for the last 10 minutes of class. Quaver activities always get them clapping, singing, and composing!
I break the activities for my younger students into 2 different areas:
Quaver Creatives located in the Studio at QuaverMusic.com
And the Interactive White Board Activities in the Online Quaver Classrooms, where all the teachers-only resources are kept.
QComposer, QStrum, QDancer, QGrooves, QBackBeat and SongBrush (in the shop!)
Quaver Creatives are great whole class activities for my younger students. The two creatives that get the most use in my classroom are SongBrush and QComposer.
Song Brush is a new creative on QuaverMusic.com, which allows you to paint your melodies, showing students a visual of the melody contour in a song that you just created. I used a similar program for this last year, but since SongBrush’s arrival I have yet another reason to never leave QuaverMusic.com during my school day.
We use SongBrush to talk about how to listen to music.
- Using SongBrush I will draw a line.
- Students will describe the line, telling me whether it goes up or down, what color it is, if it looks like a turtle holding hands with a monkey, etc.
- Then they will listen to the melody, describe it again, and we will compare their answers from the first time.
- I will also draw different students names on the program and say to the class “All right! One cool thing about this name!” One student can give a comment on the name melody on the board, it can be something about the melody or maybe it is a positive compliment toward that student.
- This activity gets them listening and makes those students whose names are drawn feel great.
Quaver’s QComposer has completely replaced writing short rhythms on the board in my classroom.
- I can have my first and second graders write full measures of rhythms and melodies individually and not have it take up much time.
- My kindergartners use just quarter notes and rests.
- I give each class their choices for notes and rests then just go down my attendance list giving them each a turn. We have a system where they tell me what they want and I put it up on the board, or I use the Remote Desktop app for my iPad and we do it together!
- It goes quickly and I get to see each individual in action, which gives me a chance to do a quick assessment if needed.
- We then listen to and talk about what they created, and will play parts of it through body percussion and/or classroom instruments.
Interactive White Board Activities
The other area of the site my younger students and I like to use is the Interactive White Board activities located in the Online Quaver Classrooms. I have been focusing on a few IWBs in the first four Quaver classrooms (Beat, Meter, Tempo, and Rhythm).
Even without an Interactive White Board in my classroom, it never slows us down.
We will either use just the teacher computer and projector talking about the activity and doing it together, or I use the iPad/Remote Desktop App, sit with the students as they take turns manipulating the IWB activity themselves. These little activities are great attention grabbers and let them leave class with a smile and still clapping and singing.
How do you use the resources Quaver Music has provided with your younger students?