Improve Reading Literacy in Your Music Classroom

by Abby @ Quaver on May 17, 2017

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Introduce musical keywords through storytelling!

There are several similarities between literature and music. They both have the power to inspire stories, encourage creativity, and create emotional connections. Quaver Music makes it easy to connect music to other subjects, specifically English/Reading. Our Kindergarten Song-Based Lesson “Flight of the Bumblebee” stimulates reading skills by introducing dynamic keywords in our original story “The Never-Ending Story of Bob the Bee.”

How to access Song-Based Lesson “Flight of the Bumblebee:”

  1. Log in to 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 Kindergarten
  5. Select “Flight of the Bumblebee”

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Teaching Literacy with “Flight of the Bumblebee:”

Read “The Never-Ending Story of Bob the Bee”

Our original story “The Never-Ending Story of Bob the Bee” introduces keywords associated with musical comparatives, including high, low, soft, loud, fast, and slow. Students will learn to associate these words with not only storytelling, but also with music.

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Answer Story Questions

After reading the story, use the Story Questions to check your students understanding. The last question embodies the essential question of the day, how do musicians generate creative ideas? Have students come up with their own creative ideas on how to make a bee sound with their mouths and instruments found around the classroom.

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Review Story Keywords

Opposites are very common in both literature and music. Introduce opposites by having students come up with opposites they already know: hot/cold, happy/sad, good/bad, etc. Then use the Story Keywords screen to have students pair the keyword opposites from “The Never-Ending Story of Bob the Bee” into pairs.

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Invite students to use the words “buzzy buzzy” to make high/low, loud/soft, fast/slow sounds and movements, then have them use their instruments to make the sounds.

Introduce Six Special Words

Extend the students’ understanding of the keywords by associating them with specific pictures. Invite students to decide which picture will represent each of the Six Special Words. Then have them make patterns associated with each word. For example, have them create a high pattern and then play the pattern with their instruments or bodies. For more of a challenge, combine the different patterns.

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Once you’ve created patterns for each word, return to the “Never-Ending Story of Bob the Bee” screen and have students add instruments into the story.

Evaluate with Literacy Rubric

Assess your students comprehension with our Literacy Rubric. Emphasize the goals for the lesson by using the highlighters at the bottom of the screen to highlight specific cells. Click each of the cells for a more detailed outline of the requirements and expectations.

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Interactive rubrics can be downloaded to the students’ mobile devices by zapping the QR code, then explored during the course of the lesson or project.


Easily incorporate reading literacy into the music classroom with our “Flight of the Bumblebee” Song-Based Lesson today!


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