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Today’s Tip is for users of our K-8 Curriculum and ClassPlay!
Get ready for Halloween with Quaver’s new song, “Going Trick or Treating!’
We’ve heard your request for more holiday songs, and we are excited to announce that “Going Trick or Treating” is the first of many to come! This Quaver original piece by Graham Hepburn and David Mastran is great for introducing students to the minor key, and of course, getting your students excited for trick or treating!
How to access “Going Trick or Treating” in class:
1) Access your Teacher-Only Resources
Once you’ve logged in to your QuaverMusic.com teacher account, 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 ClassPlay
You will be directed to the Teacher Dashboard, a hub for all your teacher-only resources. Go to the middle of the bulletin board and click the CLASSPLAY icon.
3) Launch “Going Trick or Treating”
Use the ClassPlay search bar to find “Going Trick or Treating” and click LAUNCH. You will be taken to the Song Hub – the center for all activities that will help you unpack this song with your students.
4) Sing Along
Click the LYRICS tab in the Song Hub to have students sing along with the highlighted lyrics and watch the Halloween animations!
Teacher Tip: Students can also work in small groups or as a class to create their own movements or dramatizations of the story.
5) Explore Key/Tempo
Open the FULL SCORE activity at the bottom of the Song Hub to dig deeper into the score of the song. Our ClassPlay Full Score now offers Key and Tempo options – allowing you to teach lyrics or instrument parts of a song at a slower tempo, in a different key, or both! When first teaching this Quaver original, you can use the options in the bottom right corner of the screen to introduce the song at a slower tempo. You can also adjust the key to better match your students’ vocal ranges. Students will be able to visually see the differences between the keys by noting the sharps and flats in the key signature and where the notes are placed on the staff.
6) Learn the Instrumentation
From the same FULL SCORE activity, you may introduce students to the bass xylophone accompaniment by breaking them into two groups and soloing each part. Select BASS XYLO from the menu at the top of the screen and then click SOLO PART. The other tracks will disappear and leave only your chosen track playing. You also have the option to highlight the notes or measures from this dropdown – making it easier for students to follow along with the score.
Teacher tip: Not only is there a fun ascending bass line to play, but students can explore their creativity by adding scary instrument sounds to the trills used in the chorus.
Looking for more Halloween songs?
As you prepare for October 31st, you may also want to check out our new Song-Based Lesson built around the classic folk song, “Skin and Bones!” Introduce your students to the tale of the “old women all skin and bones,” then use the piece as a foundation for creating a new song! How to access our “Skin and Bones” Song-Based Lesson:
- Log in to QuaverMusic.com with a Teacher Account
- Click the TEACHER TAB
- Choose SONG-BASED LESSONS, located on the left side of the Teacher Dashboard
- Go to 2nd Grade
- Select the Orff lesson, “Skin and Bones”