Introducing: Quaver Studio Orchestra

by Abby @ Quaver on January 12, 2016

in At Quaver HQ

Have you had a chance to explore our recent updates?

Over the next couple of days, we will be digging deeper into these new features, uncovering the details that will help enhance your teaching!

New Feature #1: Quaver Studio Orchestra

What’s that new icon on your ClassPlay menu?

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Why, it’s our newest category of ClassPlay songs – Quaver Studio Orchestra!  

Quaver Studio Orchestra (QSO) is a great entry point for teaching students the amazing world of orchestra. Each piece demonstrates the variety of timbres, rhythms, and emotion that can be generated from the diverse families within the orchestra.

How to use Quaver Studio Orchestra:

1) Choose an ORIGINAL Orchestra Song

Select from any of the 18 original pieces written by our Co-Founders, David Mastran and Graham Hepburn! 

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2) Discuss Each Instrument Track

Before playing the song, discuss the instruments shown on the tracks screen. Not all instruments are shown on the track screen, only those that are most prominent to the piece. Want to challenge your students? See if they can identify the instruments not shown on the screen.

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3) Demonstrate Song Arrangement

After pressing PLAY, have students listen to the song and follow the tracking bar as it moves across the different instrument parts. The tracking bar is a useful tool to help increase song arrangement comprehension. If you press PAUSE, the tracking bar will stop and allow students to discuss which instruments they should expect to hear next.

 4) Create Movements

There are different tempos, musical styles and forms represented in QSO pieces. Have students create locomotor or non-locomotor movements that best reflect the mood of each A, B and C section.

5) Inspire Imagination

Have students lie on the floor and close their eyes. After playing the song ask them how it made them feel, what images appeared in their mind, or if a story came to mind.

6) LOOP the song

If you’d like the song to play continuously, toggle the LOOP button, located at the bottom right-hand corner, to auto-repeat the audio.

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Stay tuned for more interactive listening elements coming to Quaver Studio Orchestra this year. 

How do you plan to use these new songs in your class right away?

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