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Today’s Tip is for users of Quaver’s Curriculum or ClassPlay!
Looking for a fun way to assess your students’ recorder skills?
ClassPlay now offers 21 recorder songs, dedicated to helping you teach the recorder in new and exciting ways. These songs are built to help you strengthen your students’ knowledge of theory and instrumental technique!
Each Recorder song includes an activity perfect for assessment called “Recorder Olympics.”
These activities are a fun, easy way to not only break down the piece you’re working on, but also a great sight reading challenge! Choose a song you haven’t done as a class, and see how many levels your students can complete.
How to access Recorder Olympics:
- Visit QuaverMusic.com and Log In to your Teacher Account
- Click the Teacher Tab
- Click the ClassPlay icon, located on the Teacher Dashboard
- Select the INSTRUMENT LEARNING category or search for any recorder song in the ClassPlay search bar
- Open RECORDER OLYMPICS from the SONG HUB and let the fun begin!
How to use the Recorder Olympics to assess your students:
The Medal Hunt
Each Recorder Olympics activity includes 3 levels of rhythm challenges – Bronze, Silver, and Gold – each with 4 measures each. Start the challenge by having your students complete each one-measure exercise in the Bronze level. Once they have completed each measure successfully, click on the Silver and then Gold medal icons to level up the competition.
Teacher Tip: Motivate your students by printing Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals to create a progression chart. Your students will be excited to earn each medal as they complete each level!
Switch up the Tempo
Do you want to add an extra challenge to your assessment? Use the slow, medium, and fast backing tracks to vary the difficulty within each level!
Teacher Tip: For your older students, try having them complete all four measures at each different tempo before they can move to the next level.
The Big Test
See how many students can play through all 4 examples (taking each repeat once) without stopping! If they can do it, they win a prize (or the chance to move to Silver, then Gold). Incorporate the tempo buttons for students who make it to the final round!
Your students will have a blast gaining confidence in their recorder and music theory skills – getting them ready to tackle more challenges next school year!