Tip of the Week: Peter and the Wolf

by Abby @ Quaver on November 15, 2016

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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 with access to any Quaver Program: Curriculum, ClassPlay, and Essentials!

Introduce your students to “Peter and the Wolf!”

In October, we released 16 new songs including 10 holiday titles, three classical pieces, and three contemporary songs. One of the new classical pieces released was a popular request from many Quaver teachers, “Peter and the Wolf!”

To help you introduce this classical piece to your students, we’ve integrated Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” in to TWO QuaverMusic.com activities and added the piece to our ClassPlay library.

Where to find “Peter and the Wolf” in your Quaver teaching resources:

1) Advanced QuaverBooks

Listening samples of “Peter and the Wolf” are available in our Classical QuaverBook and Venue Book. QuaverBooks – mobile-friendly versions of our Venue Books – are engaging digital books that include interactive content on the history, culture, and important people related to each style of music.

You, and your students, can get to these books two ways:

Classical QuaverBook

  1. Open STUDENT INTERACTIVES from your Teacher Dashboard, Student Dashboard, or the bus sign located on the left-side of Quaver Street
  2. Click QUAVERBOOKS in the Student Interactives menu
  3. Choose the CLASSICAL MUSIC QuaverBook
  4. Click LAUNCH to open the book or choose QR CODE for students to access the QuaverBook on a mobile device
  5. Select the blue ADVANCED Book
  6. Use the yellow NEXT tabs on the side to “Peter and the Wolf” on page 19
  7. Click the yellow PLAY buttons to hear samples of Peter’s violin and the Wolf’s french horn parts

Classical Venue Books

  1. Head down to the Metro, located at the bottom right-hand corner of the QuaverMusic.com homepage
  2. Choose the Classical venue
  3. Click the MENU tab at the bottom of your screen
  4. Click the BOOK icon
  5. Choose the blue ADVANCED book
  6. Use the yellow NEXT tabs on the side to “Peter and the Wolf” on page 19
  7. Click the yellow PLAY buttons to hear samples of Peter’s violin and the Wolf’s french horn parts


2) ClassPlay

We’ve also added this piece to ClassPlay with a Composer Profile full of useful information on its composer, Sergei Prokofiev. Here you can also listen to the piece in its entirety!

  1. Click the yellow TEACHER tab, located at the bottom of the screen
  2. Select ClassPlay from the middle of the Teacher Dashboard
  3. Choose CLASSICAL PIECES from the song categories
  4. Either scroll down or use the search bar to find “Peter and the Wolf”
  5. LAUNCH “Peter and the Wolf”
  6. Click the PLAY button to listen to the entire piece
  7. Check the NOTES in the top right corner for additional activity ideas


And that is just the beginning! Stay tuned for future announcements about our new “Peter and the Wolf” Song-Based Lesson and Animation!


How have you introduced “Peter and the Wolf” using QuaverMusic.com? What other activities do you use with this classic piece?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Susan Behrens November 16, 2016 at 9:04 am

Really don’t like your new Cray Cray Christmas. I like your program, and I know this sounds harsh, but I think it’s ironic that your program is supposed to teach music and yet many of your songs are Rap, which isn’t singing at all. And most of the recordings have very low quality musical sound; all “boxed” music. I know I’m a little old fashioned, and I don’t mind doing “new” music part of the time, but I really feel my kids get enough of this kind of music in their everyday lives. I want to open them up to quality music which spans the globe and time, music they woudn’t ordinarily hear on their own. When I try to do “listening” I feel there is often little quality of music to listen to in so many of your recordings; few classic folk songs etc. done with integrity. Even the your national anthem recording is lacking a quality to its sound. Loving the many choices of “newness” of your program, wishing for more classic kids folk songs performed with more musical integrity – “real” instruments and quality singing. Thanks for listening.


2 Abby @ Quaver November 16, 2016 at 11:49 am

Hi Susan!

We certainly appreciate you taking the time to evaluate what you hear closely and send us your feedback. We do take Vocal Quality very seriously and have in the last year re-recorded many songs under the leadership of our Director of Pedagogy and Vocal Quality to make the songs more singable for students and demonstrating correct vocal technique. Our mission, like yours, is to help kids love music at a young age and love learning about music for their entire lives. We sprinkle in fun songs like Cray Cray Christmas to meet kids where they are, but there are certainly music teachers who choose not to share these songs with their students. I hope you’ll check out our Folk Song library in ClassPlay and explore the new Song-Based Lessons which focus on the classic pieces you use in your classroom. We’d be happy to set up a time with a Quaver trainer to show you these and give some hands on training. I’ll send you a separate email about that!

Again thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts – they are much appreciated.
Abby and the Quaver Music team


3 C Sereni December 1, 2017 at 2:15 pm

My students would like to know who is the narrator in Peter and the Wolf?


4 Abby @ Quaver December 1, 2017 at 3:42 pm

Hi! The narrator is our good friend Christopher Lee- great question!


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