Rock ‘n’ Rolling with QGrooves

by Abby @ Quaver on January 4, 2016

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Today on the blog we welcome Josh Weirich, a 7th and 8th grade band director in Zionsville, IN. Josh shares with us how he uses Quaver to supplement a unit on rock music!

Take it away, Josh!

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Teaching Rock ‘n’ Roll with Quaver Resources

When exploring different musical genres, Quaver Music offers great resources that engage students of all ages! For starters, on QuaverMusic.com students can visit different venues and explore each genre with venue books.

Quaver also provides easy-to-use resources that cover topics ranging from form and lyrics to improvisation. So, my favorite Quaver Creative is QGrooves! It ties all the lessons together and allows my students to apply their knowledge.

A Middle School Lesson on Rock ‘n’ Roll with QGrooves:

1) Explore common chord progressions

I begin the lesson by giving my students a list of common rock chord progressions. Then, after demonstrating how to change the chords by clicking on the keyboard at the top of the screen, they begin creating their songs while following my general chord progression guidelines.

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2) Assign the Rock ‘n’ Roll QGrooves assignment

Using the Teacher Administration Panel, I send instructions for the Rock ‘n’ Roll QGrooves Assignment to my students’ QuaverMusic.com accounts. In the instructions I explain that they must create a song using the LOOPS and follow this form: intro – verse – chorus – instrumental breakdown – chorus – outro.

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3) Students log in to QuaverMusic.com accounts

After students have signed into their QuaverMusic.com accounts, they click on the STUDENT tab located at the bottom of the screen.

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4) Access the ASSIGNMENT

Students click the ASSIGNMENTS icon on their bulletin board to receive the instructions for the assignment.

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3) Save and submit

Once students have finished, they click on the FILE tab and SAVE their work in QGrooves. They can submit their assignment by going back to the STUDENT bulletin board, and clicking SUBMIT.

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4) Grade assignment using GRADEBOOK

After a student submits their work, their completed assignment will appear in the Teacher Administration Panel GRADEBOOK. With the GradeBook you can view the assignment, leave a comment, re-assign the assignment and give a final grade.

Bonus Challenge:

  1. Publish as an MP3 – Students can convert their work into an MP3, and publish it to QuaverMusic.com to share with other students in the Quaver Nation!
  2. Add additional tracks – Have students export the file into an audio recorder such as Audacity, and have them add vocals or play a band instrument as an additional track on their song.

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How do you use Quaver Creatives to teach other musical genres?

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