Back to School Inspiration: The Quaver Five

by Abby @ Quaver on September 9, 2015

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To kick off the 2015-2016 school year with a bang, we are inviting Quaver teachers to share what they are most excited to dive into with their students this fall.

Today we welcome to the QuaverMusic Blog Carol Froehlich – a fabulous teacher from Mt. Lebanon, PA that enjoys building her classroom at Howe Elementary School on The Quaver Five.

Carol assisting at a training in Brownsville, TX

Carol assisting at a training in Brownsville, TX

Take it away, Carol!

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How I Use The Quaver Five

Back to school means back to Quaver Music! Do your students follow The Quaver Five? Mine do, and here’s how I introduce students to this musical classroom management tool:

1) Print out The Quaver Five Poster

The nice people at Quaver have created a printable poster you can put up in your room! Find it by going to the WORKSHEETS section in the first lesson of every grade in the Quaver Curriculum.

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From here you can print out the poster and post it in the front of your classroom so all students have a visual reminder of your classroom expectations.

Teacher tip: You can also download a less ink-heavy version of the poster (with a white background instead of blue) from right here on the blog!

2) Have students echo-sing each rule 

We usually spend a minute or two discussing what each rule would look like in the music room.

  • “Be Cooperative” would mean students are listening and following directions.
  • “Be Polite” would mean students raising their hands to speak and helping other students, when needed.
Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 4.49.01 PM Photo: Natalie Neugent’s 2nd grade class at Colleyville Elementary in Colleyville, TX

For older students

We spend a few minutes reviewing each rule and then singing each rule in solfège; for example, “Be safe” – “sol mi” and so on.

3) End class with a review

As we wrap up class, we take a moment to review what we learned and decide if the students followed The Quaver Five. If they successfully obeyed them, then they earn a sticker on my sticker incentive chart. The goal is to reach 20 stickers to earn a music fun day! Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 4.53.48 PM

But the best part of The Quaver Five classroom management tool is seeing it in action!

When a class is forgetting to raise their hand or when they are extra chatty, I simply sing one of the rules, the students echo that rule and are instantly refocused on the lesson, with no loss of instructional time.

Whatever classroom management tool you incorporate, consistency is the key to ensure that students will experience wonderful, musical moments in order to continue learning all of the creative Quaver Music lessons you teach!

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Thanks for sharing, Carol!

We’ve seen lots of great tweets and Facebook posts from teachers! Check out this video of Natalie Neugent’s second grade class, at Colleyville Elementary in Colleyville, TX, reciting The Quaver Five!

Have you introduced The Quaver Five to your students yet? Let us know how you’re using it in your classroom!

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