Spring is Here, and So Are New Features!

by Abby @ Quaver on April 11, 2016

in At Quaver HQ

What better way to end the school year than with loads of new features in your Quaver account?

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be digging deeper into our new updates, which include:

  • Sharing Custom Lessons
  • Editing and Printing Custom Lesson Plans
  • New Assignment Slide Type
  • GradeBook Updates
  • Contests Improvements
  • New International Songs
  • Songs with Improved Vocal Quality
  • More Key/Tempo Option Activities
  • And New Learn the Parts Activities

If you’re a Quaver program user, you don’t have to do anything to see these features! You’ll find them already active in your QuaverMusic.com teacher account.

1) Sharing Custom Lessons

For users with access to: Curriculum

Quaver teachers are experts at customizing our ready-made lessons to better suit their classroom needs or school standards – even making their own lessons from scratch. Now, we’ve made it easy to share those custom lessons with other teachers within a school district with just a few simple clicks!

Check it out by selecting a custom lesson from your RESOURCE MANAGER, hovering over the LESSON DROPDOWN, and clicking SHARE. A checkmark will appear and the lesson icon will turn orange. 

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The Lesson dropdown menu is your new best friend! Use it to change a lesson in your Resource Manager from Shared to Not Shared anytime – just look for the checkbox!

2) Editing and Printing Custom Lessons

For users with access to: Curriculum

Now that you are an expert at customizing lessons, you’re probably ready to see your beautiful lesson plan in print (and share it with your administration). Quaver teachers can now edit the header portion of a lesson plan to match their changes, and easily print their completely custom lesson plan.

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Use the same LESSON DROPDOWN in RESOURCE MANAGER to select EDIT HEADERS, make your changes, then select LESSON PLAN to view and print from your browser. Boom-Chicka-Boom!

3) Small Change to Custom Lesson Screens

As your customizing lessons this spring – take note that the button to create a NEW custom lesson screen has moved!

When you are in the EDIT LESSON panel, hover over NEW to find LESSON SCREEN and click. From here you can add your own mp3s, YouTube videos, and more!

New Screen!

4) New Assignment Slide Type

For users with access to: Curriculum

In an ongoing effort to make it easier to give and grade Quaver assignments, we have added 12 sample Assignment Slides to the Quaver Curriculum. When used in the course of a Quaver lesson, these slides make it easy to discuss and distribute an assignment to a class of students all from one screen within the Lesson Plan Presenter.

Simply search “assignment” in the Quaver Library to find 12 sample assignments ready to launch or add to a custom lesson.

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Teacher Tip: Only these 12 sample assignments are currently available, so the assignments in your personal GradeBook will not yet appear here. This is just the first step in a long-term rollout, so let us know what you think and how you would like to use these Assignment Slides!

4) GradeBook Updates

For users with access to: Teacher Administration (Curriculum, ClassPlay, Essentials)

The Quaver GradeBook got two exciting upgrades this month, allowing teachers to customize the grading scale for each assignment and organize entries by due dates with just one click.

Find these Score Transform options by clicking in the top portion of any assignment in your GradeBook (the lines with date, activity type, and subtype), then clicking SCORE TRANSFORM. Then simply set the minimum score for each letter grade for that assignment and click SAVE.

5) Contests Improvements

For users with access to: QuaverMusic.com (Curriculum, ClassPlay, Essentials)

Entering and rating contests are some of the most popular activities for students on QuaverMusic.com! We’ve made some improvements to encourage even more song creation and fun! The Contests page now includes stats on how many people have entered and completed each contest. Check it out by clicking the CONTESTS tab on the QuaverMusic.com homepage!

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6) New International Songs

For users with access to: Curriculum or ClassPlay

Can you ever have enough World Music? Our spring release includes seven new songs from around the world that will have you and your students exploring other countries without leaving the classroom! Visit World Music or ClassPlay to find six songs from the lands of Australasia and one from Morocco, with a total of 32 new associated activities including great geography, language, and cultural connections!

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7) Improved Vocal Quality

For users with access to: Curriculum or ClassPlay

As we strive to make the best resources possible, we learn more about what makes the best, the best! We’ve re-recorded eighteen pieces for this push – including favorites I Love the Mountains and America (My Country Tis of Thee) to give teachers better vocal models for their students. Check them out and let us know what you think!

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8) More Key/Tempo Option Activities

For users with access to: Curriculum or ClassPlay

The list of songs with adjustable scores continues to grow! Teachers can now choose from a variety of keys and tempos in an additional 10 songs in ClassPlay – bringing the total to 85 songs! New songs include Almost Summertime, John Kanaka, and Jim Along Josie, just to name a few. Search “Key/Tempo” in the Quaver Library or see a complete list here.

Key Tempo Quaver

9) New Learn the Parts Activities

For users with access to: Curriculum or ClassPlay

Learn the Parts is an exciting activity type – live now in over 30 ClassPlay song hubs. These 21 new activities were developed by Orff teachers for Orff teachers! Each activity contains a three-part Orff arrangement that includes options for viewing with or without words, graphics, and notation. Once students have learned the melody to a song they can begin to add instruments to the mix through a speech, to body, to instrument transition. Search your favorite folk songs in ClassPlay or see a complete list here!

Learn the Parts Quaver

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Ready to dive in? Stay tuned to the blog for a more in-depth review of each feature in the coming weeks and find a complete list of the new songs and activities here.

We’ll also be digging into these features with Quaver himself in our April Webinar next Tuesday, April 19th at 4:30 EST. Tune in here!

Which new feature are you most excited to use?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Charles Black April 11, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Wow! I love all of the updates! I see the Quaver team has been up to their usual awesomeness, giving us fabulous new tools to make the classroom musical magic even more outstanding. Hats off to all of you on the team for the fantastic work. I especially like all of the new features in the Customized Lesson Plans. Being able to edit the headers and print our fully customized plans is incredible. Quaver is my hero!

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2 David Taylor April 11, 2016 at 11:11 pm

Where do I start! Another awesome update to an already awesome program. I wouldn’t be a “true blue” Aussie if I didn’t say that I’m most excited about the new Australasian content. You guys have done such a magnificent job with these songs – recording, animations, geography info, etc. I’ve shared these with a couple of classes already and the common theme was “again please Mr Taylor”!!

I also love the ability to print customized lesson plans, especially the ability to localise the standards addressed – a very important feature for use here in Australia!

As always, thanks Quaver team for putting together the greatest music curriculum on the planet!

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3 Donna Wisdom April 14, 2016 at 8:58 am

You guys are the best! These are awesome upgrades. Thanks for your efforts to constantly improve this curriculum.

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