Tip of the Week: Learn the Parts

by Abby @ Quaver on April 26, 2016

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Each Tuesday, we bring you a Tip of the Week to make using your Quaver resources easier than ever!

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Today’s Tip is for users of Quaver’s Curriculum and ClassPlay!

Have you had a chance to edit and print a custom lesson plan yet?

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be digging deeper into many more new features released this month! 


New Feature #3: Learn the Parts

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 transfer the learning to speech, body percussion, and finally instruments.

How to find Learn the Parts:

  • 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 FOLK/CULTURAL category or search for your favorite folk song in the ClassPlay search bar
  • Open LEARN THE PARTS from the SONG HUB and let the fun begin!

Click here to see a complete list of songs with this activity!

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How to use Learn the Parts:

1) Familiarize Yourself with the Activity

The opening screen of each Learn the Parts activity shows an Orff arrangement for three different instruments: Soprano Xylophone, Alto Metallophone, and Bass Xylophone. Before the start of class, take time to familiarize yourself with the screen.

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For each instrument part you’ll see graphics, rhythmic phrases, rhythm blocks, and beat bars. 

  • Graphics – these illustrations of our suggested rhythmic phrases may help young students follow along and develop reading skills alongside the words
  • Rhythmic phrases – we’ve suggested some phrases to go along with each ostinato that help transfer the learning to speech 
  • Rhythm blocks – these blue blocks represent the rhythm of each ostinato and are great for visualizing the rhythm and improvising your own phrases
  • Beat bars – these grey bars represent each beat 

You’ll also find a line of Lyrics below the instrument parts which you can turn ON or OFF with one click. Click PLAY to hear the Orff instrumentation along with the lyrics to the song, and use your MIXER and MASTER VOLUME controls to make adjustments as it plays.

2) Solo the Part

Once you decide which part to start with, click the SOLO button to have students focus on that individual part.

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3) Learn the Part

Click the play button to hear just this part as recorded on real Orff instruments with real child voices. The graphics and words provided are a great place to start as you guide students through the learning process: speech phrases – body percussion – instruments.

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Click the red ALL PARTS button to return to the opening page, and move on to the next part.

Teacher Tip: You can also use the blue arrows on the side of the screen to move on to the next solo part.

4) Change your display options

While in the solo screen, use the toggle located in the bottom left-hand corner to display rhythm phrases or notes. The first symbol (with the star) shows graphics and suggested words. The next symbol in the toggle turns the suggested words and graphics off. The third and final displays the rhythm and notes.

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These options allow you to get creative. You can use the suggested phrases or remove them and encourage your students to come up with their own.

Teacher Tip: You can take the words away by switching the green ON button to OFF.

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5) Show the Orff bars

Click the Orff icon in the bottom right-hand corner to show your students which bars are used in each part. Switch between the different Orff images by selecting the instruments name on the left.

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Looking for more step-by-step training on this activity? Check out Catie’s mini-tutorial video for a visual training experience! 

How have you used Learn the Parts in your classroom?

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