Quaver’s Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum

by Abby @ Quaver on November 10, 2016

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Introducing Quaver Music’s NEW Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum!

After much anticipation, we are excited to release 12 Pre-Kindergarten Lessons for teachers to preview with their students this year. Our Pre-K characters Songbird and Boobam help introduce children to a variety of musical concepts and movement activities that help develop coordination skills. Each lesson contains four songs, a story, a classical music connection, and emphasizes a social and musical theme. The Pre-K Curriculum is now available for all users of our Kindergarten Curriculum for a limited time and will be available for purchase later in the Spring of 2017.

How to access our Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum:

  1. Log in to QuaverMusic.com with a Teacher Account
  2. Click the TEACHER TAB
  3. Choose CURRICULUM, located on the left-side of the Teacher Dashboard
  4. Select PRE-K, located to the left of the Kindergarten button
  5. Choose a Lesson Theme from the Lesson Selection Menu
  6. Select a Lesson

Unpacking a Quaver Pre-Kindergarten Lesson:

The Pre-K Curriculum currently includes three sets of themed lessons, each with four to six lessons. Let’s start with a lesson from the Manners theme set. Click Lesson 7 Being Polite on the Lesson Selection Menu to dive in.

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1) Welcome Song

Every Pre-K Lesson starts with one of several Welcome Songs. Pre-K students are made aware of the main concept in every song as only these words are highlighted. “Happy to Be in Music Class” finds us moving and clapping to the steady beat. 

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-11-51-56-am2) Action Song

The next original Quaver song is an Action Song. Students can easily follow along with the animated movements. This is your opportunity to assess student’s ability to feel and find the steady beat. Coordination is so important in Pre-K!

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-11-54-44-am3) Story

At the heart of each lesson is the Story that introduces the social theme of the lesson! In this lesson on manners, students learn how to be polite by using the magic words, “please” and “thank you.” Each story helps children contextualize abstract musical concepts through real-life experiences. These animations generally last 3-5 minutes and include the main song in this lesson. 

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You can use the yellow arrows in the upper right corner of the screen to paginate through and read the story aloud like you would a book. Once you’re ready, press PLAY to have the animated story play with background music and text. Or you can turn off the spoken part, background music, and text to make the story your own. So many options to suit your teaching style!

4) Story Questions

The Story Questions reinforce the social and musical purpose of this lesson. You can read the question, or click the blue PLAY button to hear the question, and paginate using the blue arrows at the right side of the screen. The last question will prepare students for the Story Song on the next screen.

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-1-19-13-pm5) Story Song

Through movement and singing, the Story Song helps students gain the skills to answer the final question from the previous activity, “Does Songbird have a high or low voice?” The song emphasizes the musical concept. For example, the words high are sung on a high note and vice versa for the word low. Students can even create movements that reflect the words of the song!

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-1-31-55-pm6) Songs from the Cloud

On the next screen students will meet another recurring Pre-K Character, Cloud! Cloud shares art and music with your students in every lesson – helping you make the connection to technology and the digital cloud where music is stored. You – or your students on their mobile devices – pull the lever to receive a special song from Cloud that will serve to reinforce the musical purpose of this lesson. Students will love his costume, which changes with each lesson and coordinates with the theme or style of the song!

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The next activity, Our Favorite Song, encourages young students to evaluate options and express their opinions. This screen gives students the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned and revisit one of their favorite songs from the day’s lesson.

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-1-35-10-pm8) Goodbye Song

And finally – it’s time to say Goodbye! Every lesson ends this way, with one of several Goodbye Songs. “Waving Song” is a great example as it again incorporates movement at the end of music class.

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And that’s just one of the 12 lessons already live in our Pre-K Curriculum. Watch Austin Otto introduce another in our September webinar.

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We hope you enjoy our new Pre-K Lessons! Do you have a favorite lesson?

 

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