Teachers and students around the world are invited to kick off the summer with QuaverMusic’s Third Annual Digital Field Trip!
The 2018 Digital Field Trip is now live! This end-of-the-year episode has become a favorite tradition of the Quaver team, and we are excited to share another great story with you and your students!
What is a Digital Field Trip?
Two years ago, QuaverMusic invited students and teachers to come along on a “Digital Field Trip” via a short video episode. Quaver users around the world gathered together in their classrooms and auditoriums to sing and move along with Quaver, Gwenda, and Austin Otto.
Last year, we did it again, when Gwenda and Austin Otto toured the world exploring movement and dances from around the world, including Tango, Kathak, Clogging, and of course, the Q-EE!
These topical episodes have become a big hit with Quaver teachers as a way to bring the entire school together to celebrate all they’ve learned in music each year! Here’s what a few teachers had to say about last year’s Field Trip:
We are watching the Digital Field Trip and the students LOVE IT! I am pleased with how involved the students are with doing the movements and how much knowledge they are are gaining by watching it!– Sarah Ashcraft, Goddard, KS
The Digital Field Trip was HUGE hit with my students. They ate it up! They enjoyed all of the dances and they also had the opportunity to internalize the message that was conveyed! – Marcus Johnson, Katy, TX
Where will this year’s Field Trip take us?
This year, you’ll follow Quaver, Austin Otto, Gwenda, and a very special guest on a musical adventure learning about different musical styles. Students will be invited to sing and move to the music, so be sure to review these ClassPlay favorites before viewing the Field Trip:
- Perry The Sheep
- The More We Get Together
How to access the Digital Field Trip:
- Visit QuaverMusic.com and log into your Teacher Account
- Click the TEACHER tab
- Navigate to Resource Manager and type in “Digital Field Trip”
- Launch the 2018 Digital Field Trip Activity—your one stop shop for the video episode and accompanying activities!
- You can also find the Field Trip in the Featured Resources section of your Teacher Dashboard
- There will be closed captioning available in English for viewers who wish to use it
The Field Trip will be live on May 14th at 8am Eastern Time, but will remain live in your Curriculum through the summer, so you can watch it when it works best for you.
How should I use the Digital Field Trip?
The Field Trip is designed to serve as a great component of your lesson or an event for the whole school. Here are a few ideas:
- Gather all your students in the auditorium OR show each individual class over the course of the week
- Dedicate a class to the follow up activities on Music Styles like our Song Styles activity located in ClassPlay
- Download our worksheets for students to complete as they watch
- Split the Field Trip into two or more classes with more activity breaks
This worksheet is intended for students in grades 3 and up. Follow along with Quaver, Gwenda, and Austin Otto as they go on a musical adventure! As students watch the video, they can fill in the blanks on the provided worksheet to reinforce the musical concepts being presented in the Digital Field Trip! Discuss the answers after viewing the video and ask students which concepts were most interesting to them.
We’ve also created a worksheet for students in grades K-2. Younger students can get creative with a downloadable postcard worksheet. Students can decide where the special Quaver character featured in the video will be venturing next! Have students color in the character and draw their location on the front of the postcard and write a simple message on the back of the card about what they were doing there. We’ve provided two sheets of paper—one for drawing, and one for writing a message—that students can glue together to make their very own postcard!
A Seriously Fun Responding Activity!
To reinforce the musical styles concepts, we’ve included a responding worksheet that helps students to analyze the various versions of the song they hear in the Digital Field Trip. Students will be asked to list the instruments they hear, describe the musical elements, and other questions to get them thinking critically about the songs. Students will also be asked to decide which version of the song they like best and why!
These worksheets and activities will also be accessible on QuaverMusic.com when the Digital Field Trip goes live on May 14th!
A New Code For QuaverNotes!
As a special treat, here’s a brand new code—FindPerry— that your students can use to redeem QuaverNotes! It will give each account 100 QuaverNotes! You have until July 2, 2018 to enter the code. As a reminder, QuaverNotes WILL NOT expire!
What about the Summer Contest?
We are so glad you asked. The Digital Field Trip is also our chance to kick off a fun summer contest for your students.
This year, students will learn all about musical styles. For this summer’s contest, we’re challenging them to get creative with a song they may already know in a new, exciting style! Here’s what you need to know:
You and your students are invited to rewrite the lyrics to the classic folk song, “The More We Get Together.” We’ll provide a worksheet to help guide the process.
For example, your song could look like this:
We have two worksheets available, since the styles are slightly different from each other: one for the Original and Acoustic Pop version and one for the Dance version!
Once you’ve selected a song and written in your new lyrics, the real fun begins!
- Record a video of you performing your version of “The More We Get Together” using one of the backing tracks provided below
- *Post your video to social media using the hashtag #TheMoreWeSingTogether and tag @QuaverMusic:
- Facebook: Facebook.com/QuaverMusic
- Twitter and Instagram: @QuaverMusic
- You may also submit your videos via email to Promotions@QuaverMusic.com*
- Submit your videos by Labor Day, September 3rd for a chance to win! The most creative video will win a school visit from Quaver himself!
You can prepare for the contest by listening to the original versions of the songs below and in the Song Styles activity for “The More We Get Together” in ClassPlay!
Song Styles with Backing Tracks
Original Backing Track
Acoustic Pop Backing Track
Dance Backing Track
Song Styles with Vocals
*By participating in this contest, you give us permission to share your entry on our social media platforms and in future promotions.
All students and teachers are welcome to participate, but only one will win a visit from Quaver!