• Your New Favorite Tool: Interactive Piano IWB
Display an interactive piano on your board or projection screen.
From your QuaverMusic.com account: Find the Piano on the top row of your Teacher Toolbox - accessible from any Curriculum Screen, Essentials Classroom, or ClassPlay Hub.
• By Popular Demand: Printable Assessments
Print or save TWO new versions of EVERY Curriculum Assessment.
From your QuaverMusic.com account: Click WORKSHEETS in any lesson with an Assessment to find both versions.
• 41 New Folk Songs in ClassPlay
These additions represent traditional folk songs from all over the world and are rich with activities that will help you bring them to life for your students.
Here's a complete list of the new folk song additions:
• New Show Notes Option in QBackBeat
Teaching rhythm with our QBackBeat Creative is a great introduction to notation. Now we're making it even easier to make that connection with the option to SHOW NOTES in QBackBeat.
Click the new SHOW NOTES button next to KIT LAB to see the rhythm notation that corresponds to the drum beats placed on the timeline
You'll also notice a single click on the down beat now fills two blocks - representing a quarter note. Click again to divide into eight notes, and again for sixteenth notes. The rests will fill in automatically to complete each measure.
We hope this is a change you can use right away in the classroom! Please let us know how it works for you.
• Upgrades to the Draw Tool!
With the DRAW TOOL - located in the Navigation Bar of any Curriculum lesson - you can easily draw on any screen even without an Interactive Whiteboard. This month we added the ability to save your markings to that particular screen! Click DRAW in any Curriculum screen to check it out.
Simply click SAVE when your drawing is complete and DRAW to close the toolbar. Now the same marks will be accessible the next time you access that screen - just click DRAW to pull them back up.
We've also added some functionality to the Blank Staff - available from the same DRAW menu in any lesson. You can now change the staff or time signature with one click, and drag and drop notes and rests onto the staff easily. Use the pen to draw bars to make eighth or sixteenth notes and SAVE your work as the staff graphic for that particular Curriculum screen every time you return!
• Easy-to-Use Custom Quiz Builder!
We launched our Quiz Builder in December, but have been working this month to make it even more teacher-friendly. You can now set a default number of answers for each question when you first open a quiz - saving you lots of time adding individual answers to each question!
Try it out by going to Resource Manager on your School Bulletin Board:
• Simplified Teacher Administration Menu
We've removed the School Set Up and One Day Pass sections of your Administration tools to further simplify your teaching day and make managing your GradeBook easier than ever.
The School Set Up tab is no longer necessary as we collect that information from you at the time of order. The One Day Pass did serve a very important purpose - allowing you to give your students access to locked venues and mini-games.
The good news is - you no longer need that tool! We've changed the way the site is structured to mean...
• More Free Features at QuaverMusic.com
All educational features of the site are now unlocked for teacher and student accounts!
Students simply need to be enrolled in a class (via Teacher Administration) to unlock these features. Once students are enrolled in a class, they will no longer need QuaverNotes to access:
• 7th & 8th Grade Now Available!
The Projects in our 7-8 Grade Curriculum are now live for customers who've purchased them. These eight new projects join the existing 6th Grade set of six to complete our Q6-8 Curriculum.
Each project spans ten class sessions and can be adapted to fit any schedule. They will have students composing, playing instruments, using technology, making cross-curricular connections, & working together in groups for a presentation at the end of each project!
7th Grade Projects:
8th Grade Projects:
• Introducing the ClassPlay Toolbox!
A New ClassPlay Toolbox is now located on every Song Hub.
Inside you'll find resources useful for teaching ANY song - like an interactive Orff Instrument, Solfege Guide, and Melody Maker Screen!
The ClassPlay Toolbox also includes Four Orff Adventures Books - entertaining stories that highlight techniques for playing Orff Instruments such as:
Orff Adventure Books also include interactive screens for improvising your own rhythms and other extension activities throughout the story! Find the Toolbox in any ClassPlay song to check them out!
• Curriculum Customization
Powerful new customization tools allow you to create custom Quaver lessons from scratch - combining your favorite, time-tested resources with great Quaver content. Visit your Resource Manager to check it out:
To create a custom lesson in the Resource Manager:
To create a Custom Quiz in a Custom Quaver Lesson:
Experiment to your heart’s content, and come back to your Resource Manager to LAUNCH your custom lessons anytime!
• Two New Mobile Features
We've introduced TWO new great ways to use mobile devices in your classroom.
You can now give Curriculum Assessments to Students via Mobile Devices!
We've also introduced our first set of 32 Quaver Mobile Interactives in the Quaver Curriculum!
These activities extend the teaching happening in the front of the classroom onto student devices for application and assessment! When you see a Mobile Tools Icon in the Curriculum Toolbar, click MOBILE to pull up a QR Code students can scan to access each Quaver Mobile Interactive on their device. Find a complete list of Mobile Interactives throughout the Curriculum here.
• New and Upgraded ClassPlay Songs!
Log in to ClassPlay today to see 6 great new folks songs - complete with new activities for process-driven learning that you won't want to miss. You'll also want to revisit 6 of your favorite ClassPlay songs that have been upgraded with additional activities, games, and much more!
New Folk Songs:
Songs Upgraded with Additional Activities:
We've also added an option to Highlight the Lyrics in over 40 ClassPlay songs and will be rolling it out to all songs in the future. Check out any of these new or updated songs to see the highlighting in action - just click the HIGHLIGHTING toggle to turn the feature on or off!
Recorder Practice Mode
Recorder songs in ClassPlay have now been outfitted with a new activity - RECORDER PRACTICE - which includes all the same features as our FULL SCORE activity but at a slower tempo. We hope this helps you teach students the song at a more comfortable speed before moving on to performance tempo! Find RECORDER PRACTICE around the hub of Recorder songs like Perry the Sheep.
• New Notes Option in Make a Form, Play a Form
One of many teacher's favorite Quaver IWB Activities received an added feature this month. In Make a Form, Play a Form 3, you can now switch from Icons - the Ninjas and Golden Quavers that represent the rhythm of each form - to notation! Click NOTES or ICONS next to the play button to switch back and forth.
Search "Make a Form" in the Library and launch the Level 3 IWB to check it out, and learn more in this clip from our latest webinar!/p>
• More Training is Here!
With all these new additions - you may be looking for some help. You can now dig even deeper into the Quaver Curriculum - including In-Depth courses on ClassPlay and Essentials - with Levels III and IV of our Professional Development Curriculum live in the Support Hub. Visit Support.QuaverMusic.com or click Support Hub on your Bulletin Board to check it out!
• A Better Streaming Video Experience
Last month we announced that all 30 video episodes are now streaming in your Online Quaver Classrooms. We hope you're ready for even more great video news!
Our Video Player now employs Adaptive Bit Rate Streaming - which means it will automatically adjust to the bandwidth you’re getting in your classroom. This will give you the highest quality video without interrupting playback. Less buffering - more learning!
Simply click the OPTIONS button in any Classroom Video Player to see your Video Options. The Player is set to automatically adjust, but you can also adjust the quality of the video manually, or click Video Statistics to see the actual bandwidth you're receiving at any time.
Click the square to the left of the Play controls to go to Full Screen.
• Coming Soon to ClassPlay: Native American Songs
We're getting close to releasing some exciting songs to ClassPlay - Native American songs. We've recorded five new songs specifically for the state of Oklahoma, but will be sharing at least one of them with all ClassPlay users! Inside you'll find a full hub of resources to unpack the history, languages, instruments, and folklore of these rich Native American songs.
Quaver will tell you more about one of these- the Lakota Courting Song - in this Webinar Clip.
• Introducing Musicals!
We’ve also added 4 fully-developed musicals to your Curriculum - one in each grade K-3.
Inside you’ll find everything you need to pull off a great production - scripts, rehearsal tools, downloadable production media, video demonstrations of movement suggestions, printable scores and guides, and so much more.
It's been a busy summer at Quaver HQ, with updates to all of our programs including:
• Streaming Video Episodes in Essentials Classrooms
All 30 Video Episodes are now streaming in your Online Quaver Classrooms.
That's right. No need to scramble for your DVDs, when we've added a video player to every Classroom. Jump right to it from the top left option in any Classroom menu and click Play!
• Additions to ClassPlay Menu:
In addition to new songs, ClassPlay™ got a bit of a facelift this summer with a new Main Menu featuring easy access to songs by Grade Level.
Plus - another hidden gem! Click the ClassPlay™ logo from this Main Menu for a fun introduction to each of the ClassPlay™ kids. You're students will love getting to know Susie Soprano and her friends.
• Launch of 6th Grade Curriculum
We’ve released our 6th grade curriculum, an additional option now available for purchase.
Our 6th grade curriculum is a great bridge between elementary and middle school years, with project-based sessions that engage middle grade students.
This is just the beginning of Q6-8, with 7th and 8th grade lessons coming later in the year.
• Introducing the Support Hub
We are always looking for more ways to help YOU! In that spirit, we recently launched our new Support Hub located on the Teacher Bulletin Board. Here you’ll find answers to all of your questions about using your programs, plus technical support. You'll also find our Professional Development Program.
Get training on Quaver programs from the comfort of your own favorite desk chair with video training modules and follow up activities from the Quaver team. You go at your own pace, and we’ve even included certificates to turn in for PD credit!
Visit Support.QuaverMusic.com or click Support Hub on your Bulletin Board to check it out!
• The Quaver Library now includes ALL the resources in the QK-5 Curriculum!
Click Resource Manager on your School Bulletin Board to check it out.
Enter a search term in the search field and explore the Quaver Program filters now located directly below the search field.
The Library will search through the Quaver resources YOU own to return all the results available to you. While the Library initially only included Essentials resources, it now includes every ClassPlay song and every screen in the complete QK-5 Curriculum! Click each Program to see results in that category - or click ADD FILTER to add additional filters like grade level or style of ClassPlay song.
When you find the resource you're looking for, you can click LAUNCH to open it as an independent screen or SELECT A LESSON first to go directly to that screen in any Curriculum lesson where it appears.
You can also drag and drop the resource into one of your Resource Manager folders for easy access when you need them.
From Curriculum screens to ClassPlay activities, to all the elements in the Essentials classrooms - every Quaver resource is now easy-to-find from this one central place.
• Export your GradeBook data from QuaverMusic.com
Teachers around the country have been clamoring for this functionality, and we are more than happy to deliver it now – maybe even just in time for end of the year grades!
With a simple click – you can now export the grades from any class of students as a printable PDF or as .csv data to upload to another program.
To easily export your GradeBook data:
• Introducing 14 New ClassPlay Songs!
Visit your Bulletin Board and click ClassPlay today to check out these new Folk and Spanish Language additions to your ClassPlay Song Library!
Down in the Valley
Bate, Bate, Chocolate
El Jarabe Tapatio
Home on the Range
Oh, My Darling Clementine
Red River Valley
Great Big House in New Orleans
Wade in the Water
Turkey in the Straw
G Major Scale Song
• Introducing the Quaver Library and Resource Manager
Visit your Bulletin Board and click Resource Manager today to try these new tools right away!
From the Library: you can now search through the resources in every Online Quaver Classroom using keywords, quickly find the IWB Activity, Worksheet, or Audio File you need, and save it for a later time by filing it in one of your Custom Quaver Folders. Just drag and drop!
Your folders are stored in the Resource Manager, where you can access them any time, just the way you left them! Create new folders from the File menu and double click to view what's inside.
The Library currently houses ALL the resources in the Essentials portion of your Program, and we'll be adding Curriculum and ClassPlay elements in the future. Stay tuned!
• Curriculum Customization is Live!
This feature allows you to take any lesson in the Quaver QK-5 curriculum and customize it by re-ordering and removing screens, and even adding your own personalized content!
• Full Score Upgrades and Additions in ClassPlay!
We've begun rolling out new BIGGER Full Score pages throughout ClassPlay. We heard from teachers that the font size was a bit hard to read, so we've enlarged the font and improved the functionality of the Full Score page. Nearly half of the ClassPlay Scores have already been updated, and all will be complete soon!
We've also added a whole new way to view the Full Score with the Ostinatos Activity in Jumpin' Jacks. From the Ostinatos screen, K-2 students can more easily visualize and interact with all four parts of the song - Vocals, Woodblock, Drums, and Boomwhackers.