Tip of the Week: Teaching Low E & D with Overdrive

by Abby @ Quaver on January 3, 2017

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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 ClassPlay!

Have you had a chance to explore our recent updates?

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be digging deeper into these new features, uncovering the details that will help enhance your teaching!

New Feature #1: Five New ClassPlay Songs

This new year brought five new songs to your ClassPlay Library, including a recorder piece and two new Haitian songs!

  1. Georgia on My Mind
  2. Ti Fi Anro
  3. Dodo Ti Pitit
  4. Music Alone Shall Live
  5. Overdrive

Today we are going to explore the new original recorder piece, Overdrive – which focuses on playing low E and low D.

How to access Overdrive:

  1. Log in to QuaverMusic.com with a Teacher Account
  2. Click the TEACHER TAB
  3. Choose CLASSPLAY, located on the Teacher Dashboard
  4. Use the search box to find “Overdrive” or by scrolling through the Instrument Learning category
  5. LAUNCH “Overdrive”

Unpacking “Overdrive” to teach Low E and Low D on recorder:

Animated Score

Our ANIMATED SCORE is a great way for students to play along with the track on their recorders. The finger positions on the recorder change as the song plays – making it easy for your students to follow along with the score. “Overdrive” even has an interactive section that lets students “groove it out” and chant out rhythms with their friend Austin Otto.


Teacher Tip: “Overdrive” is great for pointing out the difference between a tie and a slur. Students can visually see how a slur connects two or more notes of different pitches that should be joined together when played, not separated, while a tie joins the duration of two or more notes of the same pitch together.

Full Score

Back on the ClassPlay Song Hub, click FULL SCORE to break down the melodic elements of the piece. Here, teachers have the option to customize visual elements such as instrument parts and notation highlighting, key, tempo, and vocal parts.


How to Play Video

Entertaining and educational, five HOW TO PLAY VIDEOS can be found in every recorder ClassPlay Song Hub. In these five minute videos, Quaver explores the amazing world of the recorder and covers topics such as history, caring for your instrument, getting started, and playing notes during the Late Late Early Show.


There you have it! Start “grooving it out like a psychedelic camel” and don’t forget to check out the other new ClassPlay songs in your QuaverMusic.com account today! Find the complete list of new songs and activities here.


Which Quaver recorder piece is your favorite?

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