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Quaver’s Active Listening Maps are fun, interactive resources to help encourage students to listen, understand, and respond to orchestral music pieces. Our map for “The Elephant” from Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals allows teachers to guide discussions on form, instrumentation, and even includes a quiz on music theory and the arrangement! Let’s check it out!

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Listen to the Full Piece

With the toggle in the bottom left corner set to FULL PIECE, you can expose student to the whole piece from start to finish. As the music plays, students can watch the animation unfold, and meet the characters at play: Melody and Accompaniment!

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Dissect Each Section

When you toggle to SECTIONS, you can click the “A” or “B” sections to break down the piece. This offers a great opportunity to analyze the form of the piece and defining characteristics of each section. Note duration and melodic contour are represented visually to help students improve aural and visual recognition skills as they transition to reading notation. Just think of the creative student activities – from storytelling to art projects to creative movement exercises – that this could inspire!

Challenge Listening Skills

After listening to each section, switch the toggle on the right from LISTENING GUIDE to QUESTION to quiz your students knowledge of instrumentation and tempo in each section.

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After the Concert Quiz

When your students are done listening and responding to the whole piece, click AFTER THE CONCERT QUESTIONS located in the bottom right-hand corner to dig deeper into the song and test your students on tempo, meter and more! Open-ended questions like this one encourage critical thinking and the development of active listening skills.


Active Listening activities like this one are included in Quaver’s Curriculum resources and ClassPlay supplement. Contact the Quaver team member in your area to find out how you can try it with your students today!