Tip of the Week: Peter and the Wolf Song-Based Lesson

by Abby @ Quaver on January 17, 2017

in At Quaver HQ,Mobile Apps

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!

Have you had a chance to check out our new Student Interactives?

During the last couple of weeks, we’ve been digging into the new features and content released in December! Today we’re unpacking a new Song-Based Lesson we hope you and your students will love!

New Feature #3: Three New Song-Based Lessons

Our December release included three new Song-Based Lessons! With these lessons, teachers can focus on the concepts that go into creating, playing, and understanding an entire song using both Orff and Kodály approaches. Check out these three new lessons:

  1. 3rd Grade: Peter and the Wolf – The Orchestra/Analyzing Instruments
  2. 1st Grade: Bounce High – La Introduce
  3. 1st Grade: Bounce High – La Identify

Let’s take a closer look at our much-anticipated third grade lesson on “Peter and the Wolf!” In this lesson you’ll find tools to introduce students to the instruments of the orchestra and explore the character themes of the story.

Each of the activities highlighted below includes a QR Code for distributing to students’ laptops or mobile devices! Simply click TOOLS at the bottom of screen, then choose MOBILE, and have students scan the QR Code or enter the unique code at QuaverMusic.com/mobileapp.

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How to access “Peter and the Wolf”:

  1. Log in to QuaverMusic.com with a Teacher Account
  2. Click the TEACHER TAB
  3. Choose SONG-BASED LESSONS, located on the left-hand side of the Teacher Dashboard
  4. Navigate to 3rd Grade
  5. Select “Peter and the Wolf”


Unpacking “Peter and the Wolf”:

After launching the lesson, use the NEXT button or click the TITLE of the screen to navigate to the screens listed below.

The Story and Characters

Screens 5 and 6 of the lesson help introduce your students to Peter’s story and the characters within it. You can read a synopsis of the story that Prokofiev wrote to fulfill his composition or ask students to read it aloud. You might even invite students to create movements for each character and discuss the sounds and instruments they would choose to represent each one.


Seven Themes

Screen 7 of the lesson offers a wonderful way to assess students’ ability to identify the themes in the story. Prokofiev represented each character of “Peter and the Wolf” with a musical theme. Use the yellow PLAY buttons to listen to each theme and have students drag the button to the character they think the musical theme best represents. Once your students have made their decisions, press CHECK to see if they matched the themes correctly. This is a great activity for students to try individually or in small groups on mobile devices!

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What’s the Instrument

Now that students have matched the themes, invite them to think about which instrument is featured in each theme using Screen 8 of the lesson. You can click on each character’s picture to hear the theme again, then have students drag the instrument up to the outlined box. Once they get it right, the red “?” button at the bottom of the screen will provide a discussion question that helps answer the Essential Question of the day, “How does a composer generate creative ideas?”

Be sure to use the red arrow to the right of the screen to work through all the themes!

Make Your Own Listening Map

Screen 10 is a great opportunity for student creativity! As a class, on mobile devices, in stations, or individually have students create their own Listening Map representing what they hear for one of four scenes in “Peter and the Wolf.” They can use shapes, instruments, dynamics, and the draw tool to represent the cat creeping towards the bird, the wolf snapping at the bird, and more.


Teacher Tip: If you’re using laptops or mobile devices, have students take a screenshot of their Listening Map to use as evidence of their work!

You can also find “Peter and the Wolf” in our Classical QuaverBook and Venue Book.


Do you teach “Peter and the Wolf” in your classroom? How might this new Lesson fit into your plans?


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