Houston teacher Marcus Johnson is back with news from another Qmunity MeetUp in Houston!
Another school year is upon us, and the elementary music teachers in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD are ready once again to make music come alive for students. A big part of that equation is Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music, which caters to the needs of the 21st-century music classroom with its ever-growing number of resources.
We had our first Quaver Qmunity meetup recently. It’s great to know that, after using Quaver for over two years, teachers are still excited about using it and about learning more about it. We spent our first meetup on making connections; we asked ourselves,
“How can we use Quaver’s resources at school while giving the students the chance to experience it at home?”
Once we realized what the task at hand was, we went straight to work. Here’s one example of what we came up with:
First Grade Lesson on Ostinatos – with easy at-home connections!
Let’s say I’m planning a lesson with my first grade class on ostinatos. Using ClassPlay, I would introduce the concept through the song “Mr. Austin Otto.”
Then I’d use the score in order to reinforce it through playing non-pitched rhythm instruments and Boomwhackers.
Teacher Tip: If there are parts of the score that you don’t need, then just touch the boxes above the score on the left side. The parts that you don’t need will instantly disappear!
I could easily use these two pieces to make a full lesson, but you may be thinking: “Okay, this is all well and good for the classroom, but how can my students experience ostinatos at home?”
I’m so glad you asked! I can answer that question in one word: QBackBeat! Below is a shot of what we teachers came up with for an at-home example of ostinatos:
Here’s how you can create an ostinato using QBackBeat:
- Log in to your account at QuaverMusic.com!
- You may want to use your QuaverNotes in order to unlock all the extras.
- Click on Map & select Studio.
- Once you’re there, click on QBackBeat.
- From here, you may use Quaver’s tutorial, located in the Help tab, to get you started.
- After creating a rocking back beat, click the repeat button in the upper right hand corner of the screen; press play.
- Voila! You have yourself an ostinato!
We love coming together for our Qmunity MeetUps because we always find out things about Quaver’s resources that we didn’t know before. We also leave each session with something to use in our classrooms, and this one was no different. We’re looking forward to meeting again very soon.