An Exciting Day at Elloree Elementary, SC

by Abby @ Quaver on May 6, 2014

in In the Quaver Classroom!,On the Road with Quaver,QK-5 Curriculum

Wednesday, April 23rd was a special day in Elloree, South Carolina – especially for students and teachers in Mrs. Rice’s music class.

Elloree Students

Elloree Elementary School in Orangeburg Consolidated School District was one of the first in South Carolina to pilot Quaver’s Beyond Marvelous General Music Curriculum.

This week, they were visited by Austin Otto and the Quaver Team, along with South Carolina Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, Orangeburg County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Longshore, School Board members and news crews from the local newspaper and television stations, to see how the program is working at their rural campus.

Music educator Beverly Parler-Rice, who’s been using Quaver’s Curriculum since last Fall, led her students through a lesson in songs from Germany and the Ukraine. They identified both countries on a map and practiced movement activities to the catchy tunes. Mrs. Rice then divided her class into teams for a lively competition. The teams played Quaver’s Grand Staff Champion which challenges students to identify as many notes on the staff as they can while the clock ticks off the time.  

It was a treat for administrators and members of the community to see the Quaver program in action in the hands of such a great music teacher. Mrs. Rice told the Quaver team that since she has been using Quaver with her music classes, her students are more energized and that “even her boys who never want to sing are singing loud and proud in her class these days!”



Quaver team member and Curriculum character, Austin Otto, jumped in to help with Mrs. Rice’s afternoon classes – teaching 2nd and 3rd graders about Duration, including whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes.  He had them dancing, singing, playing, and chanting to the music!


In Austin Otto’s own words:

The students at Elloree were so unbelievably bright and enthusiastic. It makes my heart happy to see that kind of enthusiasm about learning at that age!

Thanks for sharing your day with us, Elloree Elementary! Keep up the great work making music!

Read more about this special day in Elloree’s Times and Democrat piece.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ben Sexton May 6, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Way to go, Austin Otto, and way to go, Elloree Elementary!


2 Marcus Johnson May 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

This is incredible news! I grew up in South Carolina, so it’s very encouraging to know that Quaver’s marvelous resources are making a difference in my old stomping grounds. Keep up the great work!!!


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