Getting Acquainted with your New Quaver Kit!

by Abby @ Quaver on July 1, 2013

in In the Quaver Classroom!

Murphy Welcome to our Summer Training Series with everyone’s favorite Teacher Training Guru – Chris Murphy! These posts will help new users of Quaver’s Marvelous Music Essentials Program! Come back every Monday for another step-by-step training session!

My Quaver Order Arrived, Now What!?
3 Easy Steps for Getting Acquainted with your Kit

So, your new Quaver package has arrived, and it begs to be opened!

With excitement you tear open the package, pull out all the Quaver goodies, look over your invoice, but now what? The Teacher Guides are chock full of activities, objectives, discussion questions, homework, assessments, tips, etc. What about all the fun that the DVD episodes bring?

Today’s training trio will help you get started with your new Quaver Kit!

With every physical DVD/Teacher Guide order that we ship, we include a Quick Start Guide. It’s the perfect document to prepare you for all the fun that is ahead. All three steps to complete today will come from Step 1 of the guide. If for some reason you cannot locate it, you can click here for the online version.

QuickStart Step 1

Your QuickStart guide tells you to:

“Play! Choose a DVD and watch an episode. Follow along in the Teacher Guide.”

So, let’s do just that!

First, locate your disc, plug it in and watch a full episode.

It’s important to get your bearings with all that Quaver has to offer, and the best way to do it is to simply push PLAY! There are tons of things to do, and the episodes are really the hub where all the learning begins. If you’ve never seen a full episode, you are in for a treat. In each episode, Quaver takes the viewers on a journey of fun and learning with musical ideas and concepts that correspond to national standards. So, as the teacher, you can feel confident that the students are having a blast while also learning what is required of them! Win-win!

Watch previews of our episodes on YouTube:


Next, follow along in the Teacher Guide.

As you watch your first episode thumb through the Teacher Guide and look at all the possibilities that are available. Think of the different grades that you teach, and imagine which activities, discussion questions, homework, etc you would give to the various levels.

Looking for more ideas? Check out the QuaverQmunity forums, where other Quaver teachers are sharing original ideas for using Quaver in their classrooms.

Quaver Teachers Guide

Finally, check out the music tracks.

Our DVDs also have all of each episode’s music tracks embedded in them for class use. No more switching out CDs! If you are using the musical tracks to test the students on the names or composers of each song, we’ve included them with or without titles for your convenience. What are other fun and unique ways to use the musical tracks?


Consider this initial overview of the episode, Teacher Guide and the musical tracks a primer for future lesson planning.

Depending on what you ordered you should have between 1 and 29 more episodes to review. This is a great time to move on to more episodes if you have time, but don’t overwhelm yourself. Getting used to all that Quaver has to offer takes time.

Now that you’ve completed Step 1 of the Quick Start Guide it is time to move on down the list.

But WAIT! We already tackled Steps 2 and 3 in last week’s training session!


Congratulations, you’re already halfway done with the guide!

If you need a refresher: revisit last week’s step-by-step walk-through of registering at and becoming familiar with the various areas of the site.

Also, remember that we are here to help as well.

Feel free to email ( or call (866-917-3633) our customer service department, and we will do all we can to answer your questions as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Thanks, and I look forward to next time where we’ll dive into Step 4: Online Quaver Classrooms.
We’ll check out all the amazing resources that the Online Quaver Classrooms provide to make you a Quaver Rock Star for your school!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lynn July 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I just received the Quaver program and am getting acquinted with it. I have a few questions: 1)In the Guide that was sent there is a full year curriculum for second grade written out for use. Do you also have grades K, 1, 3-5 curriculums? If so, how do I access those?
2) In the guide on pages 12-15 it shows how to set up the class in Lesson plan Projector. Where is that located?

Sincere thanks for any help you can offer! I look forward to using this program in my school this year!
Lynn Morris


2 Abby @ Quaver July 10, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Hi Lynn,

Welcome to the Quaver Family! It looks like you have the Music Essentials Program – the 30 DVD episodes, Teacher Guides, and Online Quaver Classrooms full of resources! That’s the Program Chris is referencing in this training post. The Full Curriculum is an extension of your Program – with lesson plans for every day of the year, additional resources like ClassPlay (hub of interactive song-based activities), and more. The Curriculum includes lessons for Grades K-5 which are powered by our Lesson Plan Projector. You can upgrade to the Curriculum and receive credit for you Essentials purchase – contact us for more details:!

There’s more details about the Curriculum at!



3 Linda August 22, 2013 at 5:47 am


I have the Quaver Essentials but am wondering whether or not the videos for Essentials are also available online, or if the only way to use the videos is by the DVD that is included in the kit. If also available online, how/where can I find them?

Thanks! (Loving Quaver!)



4 Abby @ Quaver August 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

Hi Linda! The Essentials videos are currently only available in disc form – but we are streaming them in the QK-5 Curriculum Lesson Plans. If you’d like more information on upgrading – shoot me an email at!




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