Connecting Literacy and Music with Quaver Music!

by Abby @ Quaver on March 2, 2017

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The music classroom is full of opportunities to build strong literacy skills in your students! This post is packed with teaching tips and practical applications for teaching literacy from within the Quaver Curriculum.

From storytelling in song lyrics to mastering reading strategies through music notation, Quaver’s Curriculum is packed with natural connections to help build literacy skills in your students. The lyrics to many ClassPlay songs are stories themselves (“Goin’ on a Bear Hunt,” “Frog Went A-Courtin,” and “Skin and Bones,” for example). Additional activities that can help nurture literacy development in the music classroom include:

1. Orff Adventure Books

Located in the ClassPlay Toolbox are four Orff Adventure Books that explore different Orff playing techniques with an engaging story and opportunities for application throughout. This is a great way to demonstrate how music can help tell a story.

  • 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

Our Make Your Own Lyrics activities allows students to create their own stories through 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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At the end of this month, Make Your Own Lyrics will be available in songs like “Wind Up the Apple Tree,” “Muffin Man,” “Snail, Snail,” “Alabama Gal,” and “Frog in the Meadow.”

3. Music Learning Theory (MLT) Books

Students have the opportunity to create a story of the dinosaur who ate the children’s lunch in our 1st grade “A Dinosaur Ate My Lunch” Song-Based Lesson. As you paginate through the story screens, invite one student to come to the front and tell the story. This is a great activity for younger students that don’t know how to read yet, and helps demonstrate that words aren’t the only form of storytelling, visuals 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 lesson in Quaver’s Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum includes a story that introduces the social theme of the lesson. You can paginate through and read the story aloud like you would a book. Once you’re ready, press PLAY to have the animated story play with background music and text. Or you can turn off the spoken part, background music, and text 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 in the music classroom, there are many more implemented throughout the Curriculum. Stay tuned as we continue to add more literacy resources, including a new story called The Never Ending Story of Bob the Bee – a song-based literacy lesson incorporating reading and music!

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How do you incorporate literacy into the music classroom?

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