Tip of the Week: Featured Resources Menu

by Abby @ Quaver on February 7, 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 any Quaver teaching license: Curriculum, ClassPlay, or Essentials!

What’s that new button on the Teacher Dashboard?

With four releases every calendar year, Quaver teachers are regularly introduced to new content and functionality. Our Featured Resources Menu makes it easy to digest what’s new and find it within the Quaver Program. A selection of six featured resources is regularly rotated to keep teachers informed, educated, and excited about the latest updates to QuaverMusic.com.

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Check out these activities in our Featured Resources Menu: 

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Active Listening

“The Elephant” is our new Active Listening Element and is joining teacher favorites like “Carmen: Overture,” “Summer Games,” and “The Nutcracker: 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!

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New ClassPlay Songs

Our ClassPlay library is constantly growing! Just this school year we’ve added new contemporary songs (“Africa” by Toto, “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers, and Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”), new holiday songs (“Frosty the Snowman,” “Cray Cray Christmas,” and more), classical songs like “Peter and the Wolf,” and a new recorder piece that focuses on playing low E and low D on the recorder called “Overdrive.”

Holiday Resources

February is Black History Month! We are featuring the history section in “This Little Light of Mine,” which highlights history and musical accomplishments of African-Americans like Scott Joplin (Pianist), Marian Anderson (Singer), and Louis Armstrong (Trumpeter). Check out some of our other resources for celebrating Black History Month here.

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Orff Instrument Library

Our new Orff Instrument Library is bigger and better than ever! Located in the ClassPlay Toolbox, the Orff Instrument now offers options to serve as a visual tool for classroom instruction, a digital manipulative for composition, and an electronic instrument for performance. Each of the nine instruments features flexible options to customize the appearance of the instrument including the use of note names, staff placement, solfa, and pentatonic scales.

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Make sure you check back as we continue to highlight new content and functionality in our Featured Resources Menu!


Has the Featured Resources menu helped you discover new activities?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Robin Shotts Bishop March 23, 2017 at 8:16 am

Hi, I’ve been using the new Peter and the Wolf, thanks for adding it. When I play the entire musical story, however, the horns are too loud! When I turn my volume down then we can’t hear the narrator on the next part. I’m using the external sound speakers on my SmartBoard which are pretty good.
Thanks for your help!
Robin Bishop


2 Abby @ Quaver March 23, 2017 at 8:51 am

Thanks for letting us know, Robin! We’ll take a look at that right away and get back to you with a solution.

Abby and the QuaverMusic.com team


3 Kaylee July 27, 2017 at 1:35 pm



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