Connecting Literacy and Music with QuaverMusic

by Abby @ Quaver on March 2, 2017

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Quaver Curriculum Resources are packed with natural connections to literacy!

Reading strategies are mastered through music notation. Storytelling is incorporated with our ClassPlay song lyrics. Songs like “Goin’ on a Bear Hunt,” “Frog Went A-Courtin,” and “Skin and Bones” are stories themselves. Learn about additional activities to help nurture literacy development in music class:

1. Orff Adventure Books

Demonstrate how music can help tell a story with our Orff Adventure Books. Each book explores a different Orff playing technique. Students then have the opportunity to apply the technique throughout the story. You can find all of our Orff Adventure Books in the ClassPlay Toolbox.

  • A Day in the Life of Reggie focuses on Bouncing Mallets
  • The Miggles explores the important concept of Playing in the Center
  • Ollie & the Parade helps you teach Alternating Hands
  • The Greatest Tree House Ever covers Multiple Techniques important to playing Orff instruments

How to access Orff Adventure Books:

  • Log in to QuaverMusic.com with your Teacher Account
  • Click the Teacher Tab to navigate to the Teaching Resources
  • Choose ClassPlay, located on the Teacher Dashboard
  • Find a ClassPlay song by using the search box, choosing a “selection criteria,” or scrolling through the list of titles.
  • Click on the ClassPlay Toolbox located in the bottom right hand corner of the Song Hub
  • Scroll to the bottom of the toolbox and select an Orff Adventure

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2. Make Your Own Lyrics Activities

Have students create their own lyrical stories with our Make Your Own Lyrics. Currently, this activity can be found in our 3rd grade “I Have a Little Dreidel” and 2nd grade “Skin and Bones” Song-Based Lessons.

How to access Make Your Own Lyrics in “Skin and Bones:”

  1. Log in to QuaverMusic.com with your Teacher account
  2. Click the Teacher Tab to navigate to the Teaching Resources
  3. Click the Song-Based Lessons icon, located to the left of the Teacher Dashboard
  4. Select 2nd grade Music Learning Theory Lesson “Skin and Bones”
  5. Launch the lesson or select screen six from the Lesson Summary screen

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3. Music Learning Theory (MLT) Books

Strengthen storytelling skills with our 1st grade “A Dinosaur Ate My Lunch” Song-Based Lesson! Have students create a story of the dinosaur who ate the children’s lunch. Then invite one student to tell the story as you paginate through the screens. This is a great activity for beginning readers. It helps demonstrate that words aren’t the only form of storytelling. Visuals also have the ability to tell the same story. Story screens are also available in ClassPlay songs like “Mad Dasher” and “Captain Robert Cray.”

How to access “A Dinosaur Ate My Lunch” MLT Books:

  1. Log in to QuaverMusic.com with your Teacher account
  2. Click the Teacher Tab to navigate to the Teaching Resources
  3. Click the Song-Based Lessons icon, located to the left of the Teacher Dashboard
  4. Select 1st grade Music Learning Theory Lesson “A Dinosaur Ate My Lunch”
  5. Launch the lesson or select screen two from the Lesson Summary screen

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4) Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum

Each Quaver Pre-Kindergarten Lesson includes a story that introduces a social theme. You can paginate through and read the story aloud like you would a book. Then press PLAY to have the animated story play with background music and text. Or turn off the spoken part, music, and test to make the story your own.

How to access our Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum:

  1. Log in to QuaverMusic.com with your Teacher account
  2. Click the Teacher Tab to navigate to the Teaching Resources
  3. Choose the Curriculum icon, located on the left-side of the Teacher Dashboard
  4. Select Pre-K, located to the left of the Kindergarten button
  5. Choose a Lesson Theme from the Lesson Selection Menu
  6. Select a Lesson

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These are just a few of our resources that promote literacy. There are many more implemented throughout the Curriculum. Our “Flight of the Bumblebee” Song-Based Lesson incorporates reading and music. Click here to learn more about The Never Ending Story of Bob the Bee.

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How do you incorporate literacy into the music classroom?

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