Tip of the Week: Chinese Dance Active Listening

by Abby @ Quaver on January 24, 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!

Bring Active Listening into your classroom with The Nutcracker’s Chinese Dance!

Our Active Listening Elements are a fun, interactive way for students to listen to, understand, and respond to orchestral music pieces. This activity allows students to discuss form, instrumentation, and even quizzes them on music theory and the arrangement! 

Introduce the bassoon, flute, strings, and glockenspiel with The Nutcracker: Chinese Dance Active Listening! Students can watch the visual representation of each instrument part as they listen to the full piece or just certain sections.

How to access Active Listening:

  • Visit QuaverMusic.com and log in to your Teacher Account
  • Click the TEACHER Tab
  • Click the ClassPlay icon, located on the School Bulletin Board
  • Use the ClassPlay search bar to find “The Nutcraker: Chinese Dance”
  • Open ACTIVE LISTENING from the Song Hub and let the fun begin!


Active Listening with Chinese Dance:

Listen to the FULL PIECE

Set the toggle in the bottom left corner to FULL PIECE to play through all of Chinese Dance from start to finish. As the music plays, students can watch the graphic montage unfold!


Listen to the PARTS

When you toggle to PARTS, you can click the instrument names at the bottom of the screen to break down the piece. Each listening guide provides graphic listening prompts that help illustrate the different instrument part of the piece.


Teacher Tip: Click through each instrument part to see how it comes to life in the piece. Then have students close their eyes and see if they can tell when each instrument enters the piece.

After the Concert Questions

When your students are done listening and responding to the piece as a whole, click AFTER THE CONCERT QUESTIONS located in the bottom right-hand corner to dig deeper into the song and test them on tempo, meter, and more!


Teacher Tip: If your students answer the question incorrectly, you can return to the song by using the BACK TO SONG button and re-listen to the whole song or a certain section.


The Nutcracker: Chinese Dance is just one Active Listening Element in the Quaver Curriculum. Search “Active Listening” in Resource Manager to explore more!

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1 Dara January 24, 2017 at 5:05 pm

A great lesson idea…I also make sure to go to Class Play and share “Zhao Peng” with my students.


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