Today we welcome to the blog Quaver teacher extraordinaire, Charles Black! Charles was the star Teacher Feature in our February Webinar. He joined us from Allen, TX to tell us all about his Quaverized classroom at Anderson Elementary School. We asked him to share what it was like visiting us at Quaver HQ!
Take it away, Charles!
When I told my students I had been invited to spend a whole day with the Quaver Team at the Marvelous World of Music headquarters in Nashville, one of the children immediately asked, “You mean it actually is a real place?”
Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music is a magical world that has become very real to my students. And, after spending just a few hours in the place where it all began, I think I came even closer to discovering why those children feel the way they do. Graham Hepburn and his entire team have discovered the reality of that magic. They believe it, live it, channel it through their work, and it communicates to the children in our classrooms in an unbelievably powerful way.
When I arrived at the “Marvelous World of Music,” the friendliness and hospitality of the team was overwhelming, and so very real. It is who they are. It was what you see in the materials they produce for us. It was what you hear when you call for customer service. It was very clear that they feel a sense of pride in the work they do.
The talent and professionalism of the entire staff was certainly obvious around each corner, and in every room. True hospitality was certainly in abundance, as each member of the team took the time to explain to me exactly what they were working on that day. And, I want to let you know that some fabulous new innovations are coming soon!
It was so much fun hearing the familiar voice of the children’s favorite cartoon character, “Chip Monk.” And, of course, I was relieved to know that Gwenda was still working in the shop after being hired just for the day in that wonderful Classical Period episode.
The day was over far too quickly. As I sat on the plane, I was still pinching myself to make sure it wasn’t all just a dream. I actually did get to sit in the Quaver studio, and share how teaching with Quaver has changed my whole approach to the way I teach music, and has made me a better teacher.
Yes, I really was in the magical, wonderful world of Quaver Music. But, unlike going home from a Disney vacation and having to face reality, I get to go home and live in that world every day with my students.
Thanks for sharing, Charles!
In the months to come, Charles will be back to share more about his special talent for re-creating Quaver props and scenes in his classroom. Just wait until you see his timeline train through the musical periods!