Bring Classical Compositions- and History!- to Life

by Abby @ Quaver on August 24, 2017

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Have you had a chance to explore our recent updates?

Here on the blog, we will be digging deeper into these new features, uncovering the details that will help enhance your teaching!

New Feature #1: About The Piece

For users with access to: Curriculum & ClassPlay

About The Piece is a fantastic activity that enhances your students’ exploration of Classical pieces and composers! In each About The Piece activity, students listen to the song while discovering where the composer is from, learning an interesting fact about the composer and the piece, and reading an interesting quote by the composer.

Let’s take a look at this feature in one of our favorite Classical pieces, “Gloria, RV 589!”

How to access About The Piece:

  1. Visit and log into your Teacher Account
  2. Click the TEACHER Tab
  3. Click the ClassPlay icon, located on the Teacher Dashboard
  4. Click the Classical Pieces icon
  5. Type the song title into the search bar
  6. Open ABOUT THE PIECE from the Song Hub!


Connecting Music and History with About The Piece:

Each About The Piece activity features several historical facts about the song, the composer, and more! It’s an easy way to make cross-curricular connections and help your students discover fun and interesting facts about their favorite pieces and composers.

Click on any of the four labeled frames to pull up the facts and quotes:

1) Song Fact

Click on the MUSIC NOTE icon to learn an interesting fact about this piece of music.


2) Nationality

Click on the GLOBE icon to zoom in on where the composer is from with an image of the globe, a closer look at his or her home country, and a look at the country’s flag.

3) Quote

Finally, click on the QUOTE BUBBLE icon to read an interesting quote by the composer or about the composer or music style.


4) Composer Fact

Click on the PAPER AND QUILL icon to learn an interesting fact about the composer.

Teacher Tip: Students can build on their brand new Classical music history knowledge by continuing to learn! Have your students do a bit of research online to discover things like how or why the composer decided to write the piece, other pieces by the composer, more information about that musical period, and any other information you think might be helpful!

To the phone box!

Travel back in time with your students today!

Stay tuned for more in-depth reviews of our new features in the coming weeks! Find the complete list of new songs and activities here.


How will you use these activities to unpack Classical music history with your students?

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