Tip of the Week: Talk to Tchaikovsky!

by Abby @ Quaver on December 13, 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 Quaver’s Curriculum or Essentials Program!

Tis the Season for the Nutcracker Suite!

A popular piece around this time of the year is the Nutcracker Suite! Quaver’s Talk to Tchaikovsky is a fun, interactive way for students to meet and “talk to” the mastermind behind the iconic ballet.

Students can also “talk to” other composers from different periods, such as Vivaldi from the Baroque Period, Mozart and Beethoven from the Classical Period, and Debussy from the Impressionist Period.

How to find Talk to Tchaikovsky:

Whether you own Curriculum or Essentials, you can find this exciting activity in your Quaver Library and Resource Manager.

  1. Log in to your QuaverMusic.com teacher account
  2. 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 to access your teacher-only resources
  3. Click the RESOURCE MANAGER icon at the top of the Teacher Dashboard
  4. Search for “Tchaikovsky
  5. Select the IWB activity titled “Tchaikovsky” or “Talk to Tchaikovsky”
  6. Click LAUNCH

Unpacking Talk to Tchaikovsky:

The five tabs at the bottom of the Talk to Tchaikovsky screen help students learn about his life and famous pieces. If you click his picture in the top left-hand corner, you’ll find a fun song that helps students remember and pronounce the composer’s tricky last name.


Teacher Note: Use your cursor to change where Tchaikovsky’s eyes are looking – he even blinks!

Talk to Tchaikovsky

The activity features several sections, accessed by tabs at the bottom of the screen. When you open it for the first time, you’ll default to the TALK TO TCHAIKOVSKY activity where you can do just that! Click one of the four icons at the bottom of the screen to watch and listen to Tchaikovsky tell your students facts about his life.


Where He Lived

Click WHERE HE LIVED to go cross-curricular with fun facts about the geography and history of Tchaikovsky’s home country, Russia!


About His Life

Click ABOUT HIS LIFE to explore an interactive timeline with interesting facts about the life and work of our featured composer.


His Great Music

Click HIS GREAT MUSIC to play clips from Tchaikovsky’s other famous pieces, including Piano Concerto No. 1, Sleeping Beauty, 1812 Overture, and Swan Lake.


Nutcracker Suite Listening Map

Click the blue star to explore the Listening Map for “The Nutcracker Suite.” Get your students involved and encourage them to clap or play instruments along with the orchestra!



Finally, you can put your students knowledge to the test by clicking the QUIZ tab. See how much your students learned about Tchaikovsky’s music and life.


See how Quaver Teacher Amanda Gonzales from Blandford Elementary in Rincon, GA used Talk to Tchaikovsky to teach students about Tchaikovsky and the Romantic Period. Check out her lesson here!


Have you been using Talk to Tchaikovsky this holiday season? Share your lessons with us on Facebook and Twitter!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Karen Sirian December 14, 2016 at 10:50 am

Help! I own Class Play, and your blog said “No matter what Quaver program you own, you can find this exciting activity in your Quaver Library and Resource Manager.” I tried to use “Talk to Tschaikovsky” but I could not access Resource Manager.


2 Abby @ Quaver December 14, 2016 at 10:55 am

Hi Karen,

I apologize – that is a little misleading. Up at the top we have a box that says: “Today’s Tip is for users with access to Quaver’s Curriculum or Essentials Program!” I’ll also adjust the language in the sentence you found, since this activity is not available to ClassPlay only users. ALSO, I’ll suggest we add it to the ClassPlay Hub for The Nutcracker Suite, and let you know if that’s possible this season!

Thank you for making us aware of this!



3 Karen Sirian December 14, 2016 at 10:58 am

Thank you!


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