Tip of the Week: Composer Info in Classical Connections

by Abby @ Quaver on September 8, 2015

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Each Tuesday, we will bring you a Tip of the Week to make using your Quaver resources easier than ever!

Today’s Tip is for users of Quaver’s Curriculum – specifically our Classical Connections feature.

Have you experimented with our Classical Connections screens yet?

unnamedWe introduced you to these great new activities last week! By integrating 3 classical compositions in every module of the curriculum, it’s easier than ever for you to expose your students to classical pieces throughout their elementary music career.

This week we are diving a littler deeper into what this new feature has to offer with your Tuesday Tip of the Week!

Today’s tip: Click on each piece in any Classical Connections screen to see the featured composer information change.

Let’s take a look with this Classical Connections screen from Lesson 1 in Kindergarten:

  • Select the first piece – an excerpt from Pizzicato – and check out the information on composer Léo Delibes.

Pizzicato

  • Now, click the second track – “Overture” from Carmen – and notice the information change to feature Georges Bizet.

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  • Finally, select the third piece – Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 – and, yep! You guessed it! Information on Beethoven appears!

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See how the composer facts match the classical track that’s playing? It’s an easy way for your students to learn more about the composers that created some of our iconic classical songs.

Many of you have already been making the most of these new activities in your classroom!

Here’s what Katie Gant from Palomino Primary School in Phoenix, AZ has to say about Classical Connections:

Classical Connections is perfect for my primary school (K-3).  I have been looking for ways to add more classical songs into my curriculum. Now if I have extra time, I can use the songs that are already added at the end of many lessons. These are great for reviewing what we just learned and listening to some familiar classical tunes. Thanks Quaver!

Download each grade level map from the Curriculum Features Menu or search “Classical Connections” in the Library to see an activity in action!

 

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1 Carol Froehlich September 8, 2015 at 1:21 pm

My students love Classical Connections too! They are a great way to connect the learning in each lesson to a great piece of classical music. As an added activity, my 5th grade students are taking their completed worksheet home to listen to the same piece with an adult. When they record an adult’s answers on the back of their worksheet and bring them back to class, they will earn a Quaver Certificate!

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2 Abby @ Quaver September 8, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Hi Carol!

That is a FANTASTIC assignment! We always love hearing how teachers take the Quaver Curriculum and build on it to make it their own.

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