Tip of the Week: Use Venue Books to Expose Students to New Styles of Music

by Abby @ Quaver on November 17, 2015

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

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Today’s Tip is for all users of QuaverMusic.com! 

Have you introduced your students to the interactive Venue Books at QuaverMusic.com?

With Quaver’s Metro, you can take your students on a virtual field trip to venues all around the world! Each venue features a different genre, including pop, rock, ballet, country and jazz.

When Students are enrolled in an active class in your Gradebook, they automatically have access to ALL FOURTEEN stops on Quaver’s Metro.

Each of these venues is packed with games and activities to enrich a student’s understanding of the style at hand. One of the most information-packed features in each venue is the  . . . drum roll please . . VENUE BOOK! 

Think of these as digital encyclopedias full of information on the history, culture, and important people related to each style of music. Like all things Quaver, these aren’t just words on a page but include colorful images, interactive audio clips, and a quiz to assess student comprehension. In fact, each venue has both a Basic and an Advanced Venue Book!

How to access Venue Books:

1) Log In to QuaverMusic.com

Before you can begin your journey, you have to log in to your QuaverMusic.com account. If you do not have a FREE QuaverMusic.com account, click on the SIGN UP window, located in the upper right corner of the screen. If you already have an account, click on the LOG IN window.

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2) Venture Down into the Metro

The Metro entrance is located at the bottom right-hand corner of the QuaverMusic.com homepage.

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2) Choose a Venue Destination

The Metro currently includes stops to 14 diverse venues:

  • Ballet Theater
  • Blues Street
  • Classical Music Hall
  • Country Showcase
  • Disco Club
  • Folk Festival
  • Heavy Metal Concert
  • Hip Hop Bowl
  • Jazz Club
  • Latin Club
  • Pop Music Stadium
  • Reggae Beach
  • Rock Concert
  • Showtunes City

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Once you’ve selected a venue, your journey begins! Today, we’re heading to London to learn about pop music at Wembley Stadium.

3) Listen to Quaver’s Introduction

After being whisked away on the Metro, Quaver welcomes students with a brief introduction. This is a great primer to the rest of the experience you and your students are about to encounter. To skip the intro, simply “Click to close Info!” at the bottom of the page.

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4) Sing Along 

Once Quaver is finished speaking, the music level rises, karaoke lyrics appear, and you are fully enveloped in the sights and sounds of that genre.

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5) Go to the MENU Tab

The MENU tab at the bottom of your screen is your key to navigating each venue. Since we are exploring Venue Books, click the BOOK icon to open the Pop Venue Book. We will dig deeper into these other features another time; there is so much to explore!

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6) Choose either BASIC or ADVANCED

There are two Venue Books available, BASIC and ADVANCED. Both offer interactive resources with in-depth information on the history, origin, and key people connected to each musical style, as well as a quiz to assess how well students comprehend the information!

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  • Basic

The BASIC book is tailored to students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. It’s more picture based, has just 4–8 pages, and includes only 4 questions in the quiz.

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Teacher Tip: With the younger students, read the Basic Venue book together and take the quiz together. Then, send students home with a “Family Project Slip” that instructs them to read the book with their parents. They might even challenge their parents to take the quiz with them in their QuaverMusic.com account.

  • Advanced

For older students, the ADVANCED Venue book offers more details, deeper cross-curricular connections, and a longer quiz. Users have a chance to earn genre-themed items (like ballet slippers from the Ballet Theater) for their avatar by scoring a 100% on the quiz!

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Venue books are great for the kind of self-guided learning and exploration you might find in a Quaver Club!

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So what do you think? Will you be building an assignment around Quaver’s Venue Books this week?

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