Using Quaver’s School Program to Teach Musical Styles

by Abby @ Quaver on November 27, 2012

in In the Quaver Classroom!,

Today we welcome to the blog Quaver Teacher
Nycole Leff!

Nycole teaches at Sand Hill Elementary School in Guyton, Georgia, and she’s got a great lesson plan for Musical Styles Units. Check it out!


Take it away Nycole!

Using Quaver’s School Program to Teach Musical Styles

We have been studying styles of music in music class over the past several weeks, and even including styles of music throughout history in our lessons. With Quaver’s School Program in my toolbox, I can put together a great lesson plan for each of these styles.

Our Musical Styles Unit look like this:

  • Watch one of the Quaver DVD episodes on Musical Styles or Musical History.
  • Use the Online Quaver Classrooms for that episode – Interactive Whiteboard Activities, Worksheets, and more!
  • Take the Quaver Quiz to solidify the concepts presented in the episode.
  • Take my class to the Venue for that style of music via the Metro or Phonebox at
  • At the end of the unit I play my own version of a “What’s Your Style?” Review Game with my students.

Teacher-Created “What’s Your Style?” Review Game

I developed this game to help my classes review the unit’s lessons and key facts!

I chose facts that were covered in the Quaver videos and Venues, and listening examples that I already had in my music library or in the Online Quaver Classrooms (accessed by clicking the Musical Tracks icon). Everything you need to print is downloadable below!

  1. Divide students into groups.
  2. Each group gets a chance to identify the time period or style of the clue or song listed below by acting out the following charades and holding up the matching poster.
  • Baroque Period = Fancy Tea Party Charade
  • Classical Period = Make a “C” with arms
  • Romantic Period= Put hand to heart
  • Jazz = Do Jazz Hands
  • Rock and Roll = Pretend to play the guitar
  • Country = Do Si Do with a partner
  1. If a group identifies the clue or song correctly they get a point. If not, the next group gets the chance to identify the clue for a point.
  2. The group with the most points at the end wins a treat from the prize box, an extra stamp/sticker, extra time on, etc.
  3. Another nice thing about this game is that you could expand it to include as many or as few styles as you like. Just print the Clue Cards out on card stock, shuffle the deck, and have fun!

Thanks for the great lesson ideas Nycole!

Let us know how you incorporate Quaver’s Resources into your lessons on styles!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amanda Gonzales November 27, 2012 at 10:20 am

LOVE this lesson Nycole.


2 Art Vandelay November 27, 2012 at 10:33 am

Awesome Plan!


3 Valerie Diaz Leroy November 27, 2012 at 11:47 am

I love this idea!


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