Back to School Inspiration: Using Quaver Outside the Classroom

by Abby @ Quaver on September 28, 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 back Emmy Williams Burch to the blog. Emmy is a long time Quaver super user and teacher trainer, as well as a recent newlywed! As the Director of Education & Music for the Savannah Children’s Choir, Emmy has lots of great experience using QuaverMusic.com to keep her choir students learning in between rehearsals

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Take it away, Emmy!

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Have you ever thought of using Quaver’s resources outside of the classroom?

Sometimes we need a quick way to assess our students’ retention without taking up class time. In my children’s choir, I’ve found a great tool for accomplishing this – Quaver’s TEACHER ADMINISTRATION PANEL!

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The TEACHER ADMINISTRATION PANEL allows me to communicate with my students between rehearsals and assign fun, creative assignments each week! 

The assignments include: movement actives, cross-curricular connections and creatives. Yes, my students are composing and creating their own “stuff” each week, and I get to see it!

How I Use the Teacher Administration Panel:

  •  I create assignments!

I use assignments every week in my choir. The best part is, students don’t have to remember their homework or write it down, they just log into QuaverMusic.com and the tasks I created are waiting for them in the STUDENT tab.

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How to create assignments:

  • Visit QuaverMusic.com and Log In to your Teacher Account
  • Click the Teacher Tab
  • Choose Teacher Administration
  • Select Create Assignments
  • Enter an assignment name
  • Select either “creative,” “assessment,” or “generic”
  • Enter the grade level
  • Provide instructions for the assignment

I typically select GENERIC and then fill in my instructions here. It could be to practice a piece with sheet music I’ve sent home, or to do a little research on the composer of a song. Anything you write here will be displayed for students, so get creative!

  • Click SAVE
  • Find the assignment in the Give Assignment Section, located on the Teacher Administration main page

Teacher view:

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Student view:

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  • I create customized assessments!

I can even create quizzes that reinforce concepts from class, and ones that guide my choir members through at-home rehearsing. When they complete the quiz – boom! Their grades automatically appear in my Quaver GradeBook!

Custom Quizzes are created in Resource Managercheck out these instructions if you’re interested in trying them out!

  • I use Quaver’s creative activities!

Oftentimes, instead of using a generic assignment, I’ll use one of Quaver’s composition apps to create a fun, interactive homework activity to enhance my music curriculum, such as:

  • QComposer – empowering students to create original music
  • QBackBeat – customizing drum kits to rehearse and explore subdivided beats and rhythm
  • QGrooves – mixing different instruments, types and styles to create their own songs
  • QStrum – arranging patterns of different chords, strum patterns, tempos and guitar sounds

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Select CREATIVES on the CREATE ASSIGNMENT panel, then select a creative and write your instructions in as usual. 

Additional activities: 

  • QSkit – memorizing words and exploring the story behind the songs
  • QDancer – creating their own dance accompaniments

The possibilities are endless and the singers LOVE doing their homework.

Before Quaver we had about 10% of our singers turn in homework each week. Now we have anywhere from 70-90%, and the musical knowledge of the entire group is clearly growing. (Measured by sight-singing assessments at the start of each rehearsal with guided questions)

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Thanks for sharing, Emmy!

What assignments have you created using the Teacher Administration tool?

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