Tip of the Week: Explore the Modes

by Abby @ Quaver on November 1, 2016

in At Quaver HQ

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

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

 Have you used any of our new virtual Orff instruments?

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be digging deeper into more new features released in October! 

New Feature #3: Explore the Modes

Introducing Explore the Modes: a new ClassPlay Toolbox activity to help explore tonality in the classroom. This activity breaks down each of the seven classic modes into a brief overview, tonal patterns, and a preparation screen. We believe this will be a great tool to help develop the ear and mind of your growing musicians!

How to access Explore the Modes:

  1. Log in to QuaverMusic.com with a Teacher Account
  2. Click the TEACHER TAB
  3. Choose CLASSPLAY, located on the Teacher Dashboard
  4. Find a ClassPlay song by using the search box, choosing a “Selection Criteria,” or scrolling through the list of titles.
  5. Click on the CLASSPLAY TOOLBOX located in the bottom right hand corner of the Song Hub
  6. Select EXPLORE THE MODES from the second row

How to use Explore the Modes:

1) Select a Mode

Choose from any of the seven modes to explore the tones of that mode.


2) Overview

The OVERVIEW tab identifies the resting tone and tonic triad of the mode, and provides musical examples featuring the mode for the class to investigate at a later time. Click the blue PLAY button to hear the all of the notes within that mode. The resting or home tone is denoted by the blue box.


Teacher Tip: You can turn the solfège syllables ON and OFF by toggling the button in the bottom left-hand corner.

3) Tonal Patterns

Click the TONAL PATTERNS tab to move on. Here students can explore the tonal patterns that form the building blocks of the mode. They can even create their own melodies by dragging the tonal patterns to the staff! You can also click the individual boxes to hear each tonal pattern.


Teacher Tip: Toggle the solfège tab OFF to view and hear the pitches on neutral syllables instead of solfège. You may wish to play or sing these patterns, while students listen and echo-sing on a neutral syllable like “bum” or “bah.”

3) Tonal Prep

Click TONAL PREP and allow students to get comfortable with the resting or home tone so that they may experience the mode before singing the song. Click the PLAY button to hear the tonal preparation or learn and sing it together as a class.


Once you’re done exploring the mode, click the white BACK button located in the upper right-hand corner to return to the wheel of modes and choose another to explore!


How do you plan to introduce your students to different tonalities using Explore the Modes?

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