Quaver Centers: Keyboard Edition

by Abby @ Quaver on November 5, 2012

in At Quaver HQ,In the Quaver Classroom!

Start with Quaver’s Episode on Keyboards,
add a few well-developed Centers,
and you’ve got a grade A, standard-meeting, student-engaging lesson plan that can do no wrong!

This lesson plan comes to us from Quaver Program-enthusiast Jean Pittman, who teaches in South Georgia. Thanks Jean!

 

In a 45 minute class time frame, students should be able to watch Quaver’s Keyboard episode together for 14 minutes and then travel to at least 3 stations to reinforce and apply what they’ve learned.

This lesson plan meets National Standard Focus: Keyboards – 6D – Identify the sounds of variety of instruments.

Center 1 – Piano Assembly Station

  • Print Quaver’s Piano Assembly Worksheet* for all your students.
  • Have your students cut out and assemble the keyboard like a jigsaw puzzle.
  •  In Ziploc baggies have scissors and stick glue with a piece of colored, construction paper ready for them.  

This is an ideal center for any K-5th grade student. It teaches the order of a keyboard. Give the students 10 minutes at this station. This center can handle at least 4 students at a time.

Center 2 – Listening Station

  • Print Quaver’sTracking the Keyboard Worksheet* for all your students.
  • Have students listen to 4 tracks on the Quaver DVD with their worksheet.
  • They will circle the instrument they hear on the track and draw a line to the coordinating word.
  • Put a reliable student in the center in charge of running this center for you.  

This is an ideal center for any K-5th grade student. It teaches the standard to identify by sound of the various types of keyboards. It should only take about 5 minutes at this station and allow 4 students at a time in this center.

Center 3 – SongBrush in the QuaverMusic.com Shop
Computer Station 1

  • Have your students log in to QuaverMusic.com with their personal accounts.
  • Direct them to go to Quaver’s Music Shop and click on SongBrush.
  • Have students use the 3 different types of keyboards to notate on SongBrush to discover the different types of sounds of keyboards.

This is an ideal center for K-5th. However, teacher assistance or a K para would be needed for the young students. Depending on how many computers you had available would depend on how many you could put at this center.  An ideal scenario would be a cow that houses laptops with earphones.

Center 4 – QGrooves in the QuaverMusic.com Studio
Computer Station 2

  • Have your students log in to QuaverMusic.com with their personal accounts.
  • Direct them to go to Quaver’s Studio and click on QGrooves.
  • Have students build a piano groove with QGrooves in the studio online and save it in their account.

This is an ideal center for 2nd-5th grade students. Again, the number of students allowed in this center depends on how many computers you have in the room. The best scenario is a cow computer station that houses laptops with earphones.

Center 5 – Music Vocabulary Worksheet Station

  • Print Craft Resources: The Keyboard Family* for all your students.
  • Provide note cards to assist the students with their worksheet to know how to spell their music vocabulary words of the day.

This is an ideal center for K-5th grades. Allow 4 students in this center at a time. It should take 5 minutes.

Center 6Keyboard Station

  • Some music classrooms are equipped with keyboard labs and earphones.
  • Have your students learn a simple melody on the keyboard like, “Ode to Joy” by Beethoven for upper elementary grades 3rd -5th and provide that music worksheet with written in notes.

This is a fun center for all students K-5th to enjoy. Allow 4 students at a time for a time frame of 15 minutes this activity. For lower grades K, 1, 2 have the students experiment to explore low and high sounds on the keyboard for a time frame of no more that 3 to 5 minutes.

Assessment of centers:

  • Have teacher mailboxes to place center worksheets for grading.
  • Example: 50% tests of a unit, 40% classwork of the unit, 10% student portfolio project for the instrumental unit for the nine weeks. E=excellent mastered skills; S=students are progressing as satisfactory; N=needs improvement; U=work not completed. There is a possible 100 points in each category for a total of 300 points earned in a nine weeks unit about instruments.

Homework:

Listen to piano music online with Quaver in the Music Shop at QuaverMusic.com by taking the phone box to Beethoven’s era and choosing “Fur Elise” from the Boombox!

*All the worksheets mentioned are located in the Keyboard Online Quaver Classroom – available at QuaverMusic.com for teachers who own the episode. Learn more about Quaver’s School Program and see a free episode here!

If you have a Quaver Lesson Plan you’d like to share on the blog – contact Abby@QuaverMusic.com!

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