Qmunity MeetUp: Recorders Rock!

by Abby @ Quaver on March 4, 2014

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Houston teacher Marcus Johnson is back with news from another Qmunity MeetUp in Houston!



It’s always an exciting time when elementary music teachers get together for Quaver Qmunity MeetUps, and this time was no exception.  

What’s a Qmunity MeetUp, you ask?

Throughout the school year, elementary music teachers within Cypress-Fairbanks ISD come together to dive into Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music! Together, we learn  how to use Quaver’s resources more effectively, and we bounce ideas off of each other, always seeking to integrate these resources more fully with what already exists in our classrooms.

This month’s MeetUp was all about recorders! 

I don’t know about you, but when I was introduced to recorders in the 3rd grade, I was very excited about it! I had no exposure to instruments beforehand.  How cool would it have been to have had Quaver’s resources back then!?  Just take a look at what we explored this month, and you’ll see why:

Quaver’s Recorder Materials can be easily accessed within ClassPlay. Each Recorder Song has similar elements to help Introduce, Apply, and Extend students retention of the notes and skills taught by the song.

We focused on the way Quaver presents Recorder Fingering in each song. 


We were amazed by the simplicity of Quaver’s presentation of the fingering chart, the names of the pitches that are involved in the song being learned, and the reinforcement of music notation.  We also loved the fact that the notation within the score is highlighted, so that the class can see where they are within the score. The recorder even shows the fingering on the recorder when the track is playing.

While we were going through the recorder portion of ClassPlay, one of the teachers in attendance asked us to go to the recorder song “Perry the Sheep.”  We became instant fans!  Personally, I also became a fan of the recorder song “Baba Oo La La”—it’s infectious! I heard a rumor that Austin Otto himself is going to be on the blog soon to tell you more about these Recorder songs, and I can’t wait to read that!

We left the MeetUp equipped with an incredibly fun way to get our students involved with recorder playing.  Teachers have told me that our sessions are always helpful when we have them.  As a Quaver Advisory Council Member, that’s music to my ears!  See you next time!!!

MeetUps like this one are easy to plan and execute – encouraging Qmunity among Quaver teachers! Let us know if you’d like help starting one in your area. We’d love to help!

Did you know you can preview 7 ClassPlay Songs for 30 Days at QuaverMusic.com/Preview?

P.S. Don’t forget to tune in to today’s webinar – Tuesday, March 4th – at 4:30pm EST on the Quaver Ustream Channel. We’ll be talking ClassPlay and just might give you a peak at our Curriculum Customization tools for the very first time!

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1 David Blanchard March 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm

I would LOVE to start a meet up in the north Houston area (spring isd, klein isd, Conroe isd, and aldine isd).

Please email me or call at 832-515-6516.

Can’t wait to hear from you.



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