This summer we were very busy creating LOADS of new content!
We have been hard at work on these new lessons for over two years and believe they represent the greatest addition to our curriculum to date.
Quaver’s Song-Based Lessons help teachers develop students’ musical knowledge and skills using tools and techniques inspired by the Kodály, Orff, and Music Learning Theory approaches to music education. Each lesson revolves around a folk song or theme and includes interactive screens to engage the entire class while also providing opportunities for student-directed learning.
Here’s how to access Song-Based Lessons:
1) Access your Teacher-Only Resources
Once you’ve logged in, you can select either the TEACHER tab, located at the bottom of the screen, or the yellow TEACHER ACCESS Bus Stop sign, located on the lower left side.
2) Head to Song-Based Lessons
You will be directed to the Teacher Dashboard, a hub for all your teacher-only resources. Go to the left side of the bulletin board and click the Song-Based Lessons icon.
3) Choose a Grade and a Song
The Song-Based Lessons main menu is organized by grade level and features songs that focus on concepts commonly taught in that grade level. Each song is categorized into one of four approaches – Kodály, Orff, Music Learning Theory (MLT), or Themed.
These songs develop understanding of melodic and rhythmic concepts in three parts: Introduce, Identify, and Implement*. Each part combines singing, rhythm, movement, critical thinking, and aural skills to help students discover fundamental musical concepts in a fun, pedagogically sound and interactive way.
*Our initial focus was on Introducing and Identifying. You can look forward to checking out Implement elements in our Christmas push!
Each Orff lesson encourages creativity as students progress through the transition of speech, to body, to instrument – a fundamental learning process of Orff Schulwerk.
Music Learning Theory (MLT)
Music Learning Theory lessons develop strong musicians by introducing songs in a variety of tonalities. Activities using tonal and rhythm patterns are designed to support audiation and independent musical thought.
Themed lessons take a cross-curriculum subject and use music to explore it in multiple ways. For example, this Kindergarten lesson connects the song “Head and Shoulders, Baby” to counting to three and patterns of three in music.
These 38 new lessons are just the beginning! You’ll see more content in future pushes, so please let us know what you think!