Quaver’s always on the move and hard to catch! Once a month, Program Producer Steve Gilreath runs along side Graham Hepburn (aka Quaver) to ask 3 Quick Questions:
This week is all about:
Looking Back at 2012!
Happy Old Year! It’s been such a great one at Quaver, I thought I’d use this set of 3Q’s to reflect back on some of the highlights. And just for fun, I’m thinking I’ll ask it in 3’s!
Q1: You’ve seen QuaverMusic.com grow from just over 10,000 users to over 110,000 users this year! Can you remind us of 3 of your favorite improvements to the site that came about this year?
Quaver: There have been loads of things that have made me really proud.
- First, the growth of our IWB activities! This has shown teachers that we are committed to their classrooms and to providing them with really great resources that work in the classroom.
- Second, contests have been a great hit! This is the first step to socializing QuaverMusic.com and making it more interactive with all our users. PLUS, there will be more free loops again in the new year!
- Finally, World Music and Bach’s Brain have been huge hits and both of them have filled a real need in the music classroom.
It’s hard to pick just 3 things, since I am just SO excited about Quaver. I think this year has seen us start to become a recognized and growing music education resource not just in the U.S. but worldwide.
Q2: Most of your time is spent developing content for the Online Classrooms- and there are some outstanding elements there! Do 3 new ones stick out in your memory from this year?
Quaver: It’s so hard to choose just 3!
- Furcussion has been a huge hit, we always get gasps on that one when we present it.
- Rhythm Selectah has been a hit for teachers as well as the team at Quaver HQ.
- And we have had loads of good feedback from our Composer Boards (we have Handel coming out soon in the Baroque classroom as well!).
Q3: We’ve been on the road and met a lot of kids through our Skype Classroom Visits. Can you possible narrow down the hundreds of interactions to 3 favorite moments?
Quaver: I have LOVED going out on the road and performing. SKYPE allows me to talk to loads of kids all around the U.S. Plus I get to help enhance music teacher’s lessons and hopefully relieve some of the busyness that teachers face from day to day. The classes are all different, but the kids ALWAYS ask funny questions.
Here are three of my favorites:
- I had a boy stand up in a SKYPE call and ask me, “Could you give me your cell number?”
- I had a girl ask me, “How loud does music have to be to make you go deaf?”
- I also had a boy tell me his dad was an opera singer, to which I responded, “Great! Does he sing in the shower?” He responded, “No, but he does sing for the New York Met.” As Americans say . . . WOW!
Just a personal thanks from me to all our users for all the great feedback, stories, and comments you’ve sent our way this year. Your participation increases our determination to make Quaver outstanding! And we’re just getting started!
Merry Christmas everyone!
Today – yes today! – is your very last chance to claim your free Holiday Gift Surprise! Tune in on Wednesday morning to see what was in all those wrapped packages!