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The Quaver Approach to Content Development:

The highly qualified, dedicated Quaver staff of about 50 members creates and maintains our curriculum, all overseen by Curriculum Lead Graham Hepburn. We have experienced educators, musicians, composers, and teachers on staff, as well as graphic artists, developers, audio and video engineers, and other disciplines housed in our headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.

We also work extensively with accomplished music educators from various musical disciplines, listed here for your review. Please note the large number of esteemed names and positions of authority and/or respect they hold within the Orff, Kodály, Gordon, Eastman, Elementary and General Music communities. We are an inclusive program and use teaching elements from all pedagogies.

In the development of our curriculum, we work collaboratively with these experts in an iterative fashion. We bring our technological expertise to the table and work to translate their ideas into interactive designs within our curriculum. We consult first to clarify the concepts, show them the results of the collaboration, and then consult with them again in an iterative process until we have a finished product which all agree is the best possible tool for general music educators. We do not outsource curriculum writing to others.

To clarify our contributor's roles we've indicated whether they are general or specialized contributors. General Contributors worked with our curriculum team on major projects throughout the K-8 Curriculum, writing and developing content. Specialized Contributors lent their specific expertise to smaller pieces of the curriculum or supplemental resources.



Graham Hepburn
Quaver Curriculum Lead

Education: B.A. Honors Music
(Colchester School of Music), P.G. Certificate Jazz



Cindy Austin
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Clear Creek ISD, TX
Education:
  • B.A. Music Education (Luther College)
Alyssa Hunsucker Avenatti
Specialized Contributor
  • Associate Instructor (Indiana University)
  • Adjunct Faculty (The American Kodály Institute, Loyola University, MD)
Education:
  • Ph.D. in progress, Music Education (Indiana University)
  • M.A. Music Education with a Kodaly Emphasis (Texas State University)
  • B.A. Music Education (Texas State University)
Certification:
  • World Music Pedagogy
  • Kodály Levels 1-3
  • Orff, Levels 1-3
Donna Barrick
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Spartanburg 05, SC
Education:
  • M.A. (Converse College) B.A. Music Education (Bob Jones University)
Certification:
  • National Board Certification
Rita Black
General Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Metro Nashville Public Schools, TN
Education:
  • B.M. Music Education (University of Central Oklahoma)
Chris Blackmon
Specialized Contributor Education:
  • M.A. Teaching and Learning (Trevecca Nazarene University)
  • B.A. Music Composition (The Ohio State University)
Nyssa Brown
Specialized Contributor
  • General Music Specialist, Edina Public Schools, MN
Education:
  • M.A. Music Education (University of St. Thomas) B.M. Education (University of Hartford)
Certification:
  • Kodály
  • Orff, Levels 1-2
Emmy Williams Burch
Specialized Contributor
  • Director of Music & Education, Savannah Children’s Choir, GA
Education:
  • M.A. Music Education (Florida State University)
  • B.A. Vocal Music Education (Louisiana State University)
Certification:
  • Orff, Level 1
Ben Burchfield
Specialized Contributor
  • World-renowned touring percussion and mallet performer
Education:
  • B.A. Music Education (Olivet Nazarene University)
Jon Burchfield
Specialized Contributor
  • World-renowned touring guitar performer
Education:
  • B.A. Music Education (Olivet Nazarene University)
Christopher Burns
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Osceola County Schools, FL
Education:
  • M.A. Music Education (Boston University)
  • B.A. Music Education (University of Central Florida)
Certification:
  • Orff, Level 1
Fredda Burton
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Bradley County Schools, TN
Education:
  • D.M.Ed. (The University of Southern Mississippi)
  • M.A. (Western State Colorado University)
  • B.M.Ed. (West Texas A&M University)
Dr. Bryan Burton
Specialized Contributor Education:
  • D.M.Ed. (The University of Southern Mississippi)
  • M.A. (Western State Colorado University)
  • B.M.Ed. (West Texas A&M University)
Dara Case
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Prince George’s County, MD
Education:
  • M.A. in progress, Educational Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Arts Integration (University of Maryland)
  • B.M. Music Education (Maryville College)
  • B.M. Vocal Performance (Maryville College)
Charlotte Crissey
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Escambia County Schools, FL
Education:
  • Ph.D. in progress, Music Education (University of South Florida)
  • M.A. Curriculum Development & Instructional Design (University of West Florida)
  • B.A.
Catherine Dwinal
Specialized Contributor
  • TI:ME Music Teacher of the Year (2014)
Education:
  • B.S. Music Education (Plymouth State University)
Kristin English
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, FL
Education:
  • Specialist of Music Education (University of Miami)
  • M.A. Music (University of Miami)
  • M.B.A. (University of Miami)
  • B.A. Music (University of Southern Mississippi)
Certification:
  • National Board, Early/Middle Childhood Music
Dr. Rita Frady
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Cherokee County Schools, GA
Education:
  • Ph.D. Teaching & Learning (Piedmont College)
  • M.A. Early Childhood Education (Brenau University)
  • EDS Curriculum & Instruction (Piedmont College)
  • B.A. Music (West Georgia College)
Carol Froehlich
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Mt. Lebanon Schools, PA
Education:
  • M.A. Music Education (Duquesne University)
  • B.A. Piano Performance (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Teaching Certificate (Carnegie Mellon University)
Shari Gerth
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Battle Ground Academy, TN
Education:
  • M.Ed. Interdisciplinary Studies in Curriculum & Instruction (National Louis University)
  • B.A. Music (Carthage College)
John Gillian
Specialized Contributor
  • Fine Arts Coordinator, Ector County ISD, TX
  • Texas Music Educators Association President (2012-2013)
Education:
  • Texas State University
  • Sul Ross State University
Amanda Gonzales
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Effingham County Schools, GA
Education:
  • M.Ed. Education Leadership (Georgia Southern University)
  • B.A. Music Education (Milligan College)
Otto Gross
General Contributor Education:
  • B.A. Music Education (Berklee College of Music)
  • B.A. Professional Music (Berklee College of Music)
Certification:
  • Orff, Level 1
Ted Hagarty
General Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Foxborough Public Schools, MA
Education:
  • M.D. Music (New England Conservatory of Music)
  • B.M. Education (Boston University)
Nick Holland-Garci
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, St. Paul’s School, MD
  • Vice President of the Kodály Association
Education:
  • M.M. Vocal Performance (University of Michigan)
  • Teaching Certificate (University of Michigan)
  • B.M. Vocal Performance (Pacific Lutheran University)
Certification:
  • Kodály
  • Orff
Anita Hurst
General Contributor
  • Music Specialist, All Saints Episcopal School, TX
Education:
  • B.F.A (Stephen F. Austin State University)
  • International Degree in Music & Dance Education (Orff Institute, Salzburg, Austria)
Rebecca Juarez
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, North East ISD, TX
  • Kodály Educators of Texas President
Education:
  • M.Mus. (Belmont University)
  • B.A. (Cedarville University)
  • B.M. (Cedarville University)
Certification:
  • Kodály (Texas State University)
  • Orff (Trinity University)
Sarah Jensen
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, North Dakota Private Schools, ND
Education:
  • B.A. K-12 Vocal/Instrumental Music Education (University of Mary)
Certification:
  • Suzuki Classical Guitar Instructor
Marcus Johnson
Specialized Contributor Education:
  • B.S. Industrial Arts Education (South Carolina State University)
Certification:
  • Kodály Level I
Stephanie Jones
General Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Webster Central Schools, NY
Education:
  • M.A. Elementary Education & Reading (Nazareth College of Rochester)
  • B.A. Music Education (Eastman School of Music)
Certification:
  • Music Learning Theory, Levels 1-2 (Gordon Institute for Music Learning)
Sam Kallaos
General Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Metro Nashville Public Schools, TN
Education:
  • B.S.E. (Missouri State University)
Certification:
  • Taiko Drumming
Brandon Karstetter
Education:
  • B.S. (Murray State University)
Joshua Kaye
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Escambia County Schools, FL
Education:
  • B.A. Music Education (University of West Florida)
  • A.M.Ed. (Pensacola State University)
  • ESE
Karen Kenaston-French, D.M.A.
Specialized Contributor
  • Associate Professor of Music (University of Texas at Arlington)
Martha Klein
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Holy Spirit Catholic School, TX
Education:
  • M.A. Elementary Classroom Teaching (Trinity University)
  • B.A. Music Education (Trinity University)
Lyn Koch
Education:
  • M.A. Music Education (Duquesne University)
  • B.A. Music Education (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
Jennifer Kolze
General Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Gower SD 62, IL
Education:
  • M.A. Music Education (VanderCook College of Music)
  • B.A. Education (Eastern Illinois University)
Certification:
  • World Music Drumming, Levels 1-2
Dr. Frederic L. Laughlin
Specialized Contributor Education:
  • D.B.A. (The George Washington University)
  • M.B.A (The George Washington University)
  • B.S. (United State Military Academy)
Linda Lawson
General Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Hardin County Schools, KY
Education:
  • M.A. Education (Western Kentucky University)
  • B.A. Music Education (Morehead State University)
Valerie Diaz Leroy
General Contributor Education:
  • B.A. Vocal Performance (Boston College)
Certification:
  • Kodály, Level 1
  • Orff, Levels 1-2
AJ Lilienthal
General Contributor Education:
  • M.B.A (Olivet Nazarene University)
  • B.A. Education (Olivet Nazarene University)
Jeff Lilienthal
General Contributor Education:
  • M.S. Psychology/Counseling (Tennessee State University)
  • B.S. Music Education (Olivet Nazarene University)
Dr. David V. Mastran
General Contributor Education:
  • Ph.D. (The George Washington University)
  • M.S. (Stanford University)
  • B.S. (United State Military Academy)
Michelle Melvin
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Osceola County Schools, FL
Education:
  • B.S. Instrumental Music Education (University of South Florida)
Jim Meske
General Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Mannheim SD 83, IL
Education:
  • M.A. Educational Leadership (Aurora University)
  • B.M. General Music Education (St. Norbert College)
Jonathan Nesta
Specialized Contributor Education:
  • B.A. Music (Cumberland University)
Michael Nolan
General Contributor Education:
  • B.S. Communication (Middle Tennessee State University)
Jon M. Oliver
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Laurel County Schools, KY
Education:
  • M.M. Vocal Performance (Eastern Kentucky University)
  • B.S. Vocal Performance (Union College)
  • B.S. Business Administration (Union College)
  • B.M. Music Education (Union College)
  • A.A. Applied Music (Sue Bennett College)
Certification:
  • Orff, Level 1
Jody Petter
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Bloomington Public Schools, MN
  • Program Chair for Minnesota Orff Board
Education:
  • M.A.M.E concentration in Orff and Kodály, 2 Levels (University of St. Thomas)
  • .A. (University of Minnesota)
Certification:
  • Orff, Level 3
Susan Ramsey
Specialized Contributor
  • Adjunct Instructor (Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University & Belmont University)
Education:
  • M.M.A (Middle Tennessee State)
  • B.M.Ed. (Peabody)
Certification:
  • Kodály (Belmont University)
  • Orff (University of Memphis)
Stephen Reid
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Osceola County Schools, FL
Education:
  • B.A. Music Education (Illinois State University)
Gregory Roman
Specialized Contributor Education:
  • M.A. Music (University of South Florida)
  • B.A. Music Education (University of South Florida)
Certification:
  • Orff, Levels 1-2
  • Conversational Solfège, Levels I & II
Ben Sexton
General Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Gilmer County Schools, GA
Education:
  • M.Ed. Early Childhood Education (Berry College)
  • B.M.E Percussion (Lee University)
Certification:
  • ESOL
Dr. Johanna Siebert
Specialized Contributor
  • Director of Fine Arts, Webster Central SD, NY
Education:
  • Ph.D. Music Teacher Education (Eastman School of Music)
  • M.A. Music Teacher Education (Eastman School of Music)
  • B.S. Music Theory (Nazareth College of Rochester)
Certification:
  • School District Administration (University of Rochester)
Dr. Robyn Swanson
General Contributor
  • Professor of Music Education (Western Kentucky University)
Education:
  • Ph.D. Music Education (University of Northern Colorado)
  • M.A. Music, Vocal Performance, and Music Education (Mankato State University)
  • B.A. Music Education (Simpson College)
Dr. Christina Svec
Specialized Contributor
  • Assistant Professor of Music Education (Iowa State University)
Education:
  • Ph.D. Music Education (University of North Texas)
  • M.A. Music Education (Michigan State University)
  • B.A. Music Education (University of North Texas)
Certification:
  • Kodály Levels 1-3
  • Music Learning Theory: Early Childhood Music, Elementary 1, Elementary 2
Jeff Taylor
Specialized Contributor
  • World Famous Accordion Player
Education:
  • B.A. Honors (Eastman School of Music)
Tammy Thiele
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Irving ISD, TX
Education:
  • B.A. Music (University of Arkansas – Fort Smith)
Certification:
  • ESL
Dr. Linda Thompson
General Contributor
  • Chair of Music Education (Lee University)
Education:
  • Ph.D. Music Education (University of Arizona)
  • M.S. Education and Music (University of Wisconsin – Madison)
  • B.S. Secondary Education (Northern State University)
Meredith Trobaugh
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Richland County SD 1, SC
Education:
  • M.M. Choral/Elementary Music Education
  • B.M.Ed. (University of South Carolina)
  • GIML Elementary, Levels 1-2
  • GIML Early Childhood, Level 1
Certification:
  • Orff, Levels 1-2
Sally Utley
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Richland County SD 1, SC
Education:
  • M.M. Elementary Music Education (University of South Carolina)
  • B.M.Ed. (Oklahoma State University)
  • GIML Elementary, Level 1
  • GIML Early Childhood, Level 1
  • GIML Instrumental, Level 1
Certification:
  • Orff, Level 1
Ashley Watkins-Wright
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Springdale Public Schools, AR
Education:
  • Ph.D. in progress, Education (Walden University)
  • M.S. Education (Walden University)
  • B.M. Music Education (University of Arkansas)
Certification:
  • National Board
  • Orff, Levels 1-2
Beverly Whittington
Specialized Contributor
  • Music Specialist, St. Louis City Schools, MO
Education:
  • M.A. Teaching (Webster University)
  • B.A. Music (University of New Hampshire)
Certification:
  • National Board
  • Orff
  • Dalcroze (Juilliard School of Music)
Jodie Wiggins
General Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Spring ISD, TX
Education:
  • B.M. Music (Belmont University)
Dave Wonder
General Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Frankfort CCSD 157C, IL
Education:
  • M.A. Education (Olivet Nazarene University)
  • B.S. Education (Olivet Nazarene University)
Patrick Wright
General Contributor
  • Music Specialist, High Meadows School, GA
Education:
  • M.A. Music Education (University of Hawaii)
  • B.A. Music Education (Georgia State University)
 
Curriculum Reviewers
These educators reviewed our K-8 Curriculum and gave feedback on its accuracy and effectiveness in the classroom.
Dr. Melissa Arasi
General Contributor
  • Supervisor of Fine Arts Cobb County Schools, GA
Education:
  • Ph.D. Choral Music and Leadership (Georgia State University)
  • M.A. Music Education (Georgia State University)
  • B.M.E (Shorter College)
Dr. Michael Ryan
General Contributor
  • Former Executive Director of Fine Arts & Enrichment, Fort Worth ISD, TX
Education:
  • Ed.D. Curriculum & Instruction (Texas A&M Commerce)
  • M.Ed. Administration (East Texas State University)
  • B.M.E (Texas Christian University)
Kathleen Wesley
General Contributor
  • Music Specialist, Prince George’s County, MD
Certification:
  • National Board


 
 
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