Qmunity MeetUp – Square Dancing in ClassPlay

by Abby @ Quaver on April 17, 2014

in At Quaver HQ,In the Quaver Classroom!

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

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If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’ll tell you again.  I am a HUGE fan of Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music!!  This incredible music education resource has revolutionized the way I teach music in my classroom.  The really great thing about my last statement is that my fellow elementary music teacher colleagues feel the same way as I.  Therefore, when we got together for our next Quaver Qmunity meetup, there was a buzz in the air.

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.

In this month’s MeetUp, we tried some Square Dancing in ClassPlay! 

As a group of elementary music teachers in Texas, we celebrate our Southwestern culture every year through Western Day in our schools.  One of the ways we celebrate is by giving our students a chance to perform square dances.

We found that the Simple Square Dancing activities in ClassPlay make practicing and performing square dances so simple, offering three different routines to choose from!

To find the Square Dance songs we used:

  • Log into your QuaverMusic.com Account
  • Click the Teacher Tab or School Bus Stop Sign
  • Click the ClassPlay icon
  • Click the ALL SONGS icon
  • Type “square” in the search bar to pull up just these three songs!

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We decided to dive in and try Simple Square Dance 2!

This song helps expand student understanding of movement by learning a simple square dance. 

  • Open the Lyrics Activity on the song hub, and press play!
  • Have students listen to the song, focusing on the caller and the dance moves described.
  • Have students practice the dance by forming a circle and following the instructions.
  • You could even perform this Square Dance for a Western Day in your school, or for a PTA night.

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We loved this activity because it was layered and easy to apply to students of different ages, studying different concepts.

Not only do our students get a chance to enjoy a really fun square dance, but we also get to reinforce their understanding AB form.  I LOVE how Quaver’s resources give teachers the opportunity to integrate music concepts and Texas culture.

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We left this month’s MeetUp excited to try all three Square Dancing songs with our students before this year’s Western Day!

I wonder how teachers around the country will use these songs. Do you teach Square Dancing as a movement activity in your part of the country?

Don’t forget – you can preview 7 ClassPlay Songs for 30 Days at QuaverMusic.com/Preview!

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1 Mariann Fox April 17, 2014 at 10:42 am

How fun! I do square dancing in 2nd grade and the students LOVE it! Now I will be able to do even more.

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