Teach New Musical Concepts with Pre-K Lessons!

by Abby @ Quaver on January 24, 2018

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Say hello to 10 brand new Pre–K Lessons!

You asked and we listened! After much anticipation, we have released 10 NEW Pre–Kindergarten Lessons! Each lesson contains four songs, a story, and a classical music connection. Each also emphasizes both a social and musical theme. Students will see old friends—including Songbird and Boobam—and meet new characters along the way. Teachers will find content to teach a variety of musical concepts. Plus movement activities that help develop coordination skills.

The 10 new lessons can be found in the Pre–K modules on Places, Holidays, and Seasons(starting in Lesson 13). These lessons cover important concepts such as loud and soft sounds and musical expression. Students will explore outer space, celebrate a new year, and learn about different seasons—all while developing musical skills!

 

How to access our Pre–Kindergarten Curriculum:

  1. Log in to QuaverMusic.com with a Teacher Account
  2. Click the TEACHER TAB
  3. Choose CURRICULUM, 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. The new lessons are Lessons 13-22.
  6. Select a Lesson. 

Unpacking a Quaver Pre–Kindergarten Lesson:

The Pre–K Curriculum currently includes five sets of themed lessons, each with four to six lessons. Let’s dive in with a lesson from the Places theme set. Click Lesson 13 The Sky on the Lesson Selection Menu to get started.

1) Welcome Song

Every Pre–K Lesson starts with one of several Welcome Songs. Pre–K students are introduced to the main concept in every song as only these words are highlighted. “Happy to Be in Music Class” finds us moving and clapping to the steady beat.

2) Action Song

The next original Quaver song is an Action Song. Students can easily follow along with the animated movements. Have students sing along, following the action in the appropriate part of the song. “Whether the Weather” also builds on the musical purpose of the lesson, to recognize loud and soft sounds.

3) Story

Many teachers find that their favorite part of the Pre–K lessons are the stories. The animated Story in each lesson introduces the social theme! Each story helps children contextualize abstract musical concepts through real-life experiences. In this lesson, students learn to recognize that everyone and everything is special and important in their own way.

 

On the main screen, you’ll see there are two viewing options. You can read along with the text and make the story your own! Or simply watch the animation by selecting to watch the story without text.

4) Story Questions

The Story Questions pose four simple questions. These questions reinforce the social and musical purpose of this lesson. You can read the question or click the blue PLAY button to hear the question. Question one is audio-only. Click the blue PLAY button to hear the question and discuss with your students. Use the blue arrows to paginate between the questions.

5) Story Song

The Story Song emphasizes the musical concept for that lesson. For example, in “Wind, Cloud, Rain,” students can make loud and soft sounds in the appropriate verses. Students can even create movements that reflect the words of the song!

6) Songs from Cloud

On the next screen students will meet another recurring Pre–K Character, Cloud! Cloud shares art and music with your students in every lesson—helping you make the connection to technology and the digital cloud where music is stored. You–or your students on their mobile devices–pull the lever to receive a special song from Cloud. This song will  serve to reinforce the musical purpose of this lesson. Students will love his costume, which changes with each lesson and coordinates with the theme or style of the song!

7) Our Favorite Song

The next activity, Our Favorite Song, encourages young students to evaluate options and express their opinions. This screen gives students the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned and revisit one of their favorite songs from the day’s lesson.

8) Goodbye Song

It’s time to say goodbye! Every lesson ends this way, with one of several Goodbye Songs. “I Can’t Wait” is a great example as it again incorporates movement at the end of music class.

There you have it! Just one of our 10 new lessons now available in the Pre–K Curriculum. We hope you have a Boom-Chicka-Blast exploring these new songs, stories, and themes!

Try this Pre–K lesson and Quaver’s complete curriculum free at QuaverMusic.com/Preview!

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Do you have a favorite Pre–K lesson?

 

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lynn Beasley January 24, 2018 at 1:09 pm

I would like more information about the new Pre-K music curriculum. Since 2015, I have only purchased and have had access to Song-Based Lessons.
What would I need to do to ADD the rest of the curriculum? How much more would it cost? My school, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, just paid for a two-year contract, 2017-2019, last March.
I currently teach students in K3, K4, K5 through 4th grade, and it would be GREAT to have lessons already set for each group of students.
Thank you! Lynn Beasley

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2 Abby @ Quaver January 24, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Hi Lynn,

By our records I see you only own access to Essentials – the topic based videos and online activities. I’ll send you an email now with a link for more info to the full curriculum! I think you’ll love it :)

Abby

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