Today on the blog we welcome Megan Endicott – recipient of the Atlanta Families’ Award of Excellence in Education (AFAEE). While piloting the Quaver Curriculum for Fulton County Schools, Megan noticed a positive affect Quaver had on students’ self-esteem and their achievements. See what Megan had to say about how Quaver helps build students’ self-esteem and classroom engagement. We just had to hear more about that!
Take it away, Megan!
Building Self-Esteem in the Quaver Classroom
In my classroom, I strive to provide my students with current music content. With Quaver’s Curriculum, and the connection of mobile devices built into the curriculum, students have the ability to create projects and collaborate in groups for lesson activities.
As I used Quaver in my classroom, I noticed the collaborative atmosphere had a positive affect on my students self-esteem, and Quaver’s activities provided opportunities for them to achieve results they are proud to show their friends and family!
How does Quaver’s Curriculum build student self-esteem?
1) It helps create self-worth
Quaver’s curriculum incorporates a Teacher Administration Panel in which teachers can enroll students, assign work, and grade work. For each grade, a section is listed for instant feedback with the ability to add detailed descriptions pertaining to the student’s work. This type of mastery and quick feedback instills a sense of self-worth and ultimately builds self-esteem.
2) It helps encourage self-expression
Student self-expression is encouraged through Quaver’s new modern way of composing and sharing digital arrangements of full scores.
3) It helps build a sense of community
Not only can students share their projects with fellow classmates, they can also compete with students across the Quaver nation! Competitions and gaming opportunities are incorporated through QuaverMusic.com.
Giving students an opportunity to demonstrate their projects, whether it be with classmates or students around the world, helps build a sense of community and pride for their completed masterpieces.
How will students demonstrate achievement?
1) Through higher retention
With the help of technology, modern tracks to folk music, Quaver’s original tracks and the quirky lovable character Quaver himself, students show increased engagement in the learning process and retain more knowledge. Due to the increase in interest, there is also a decrease behavior problems.
2) Through an increased ability to analyze and evaluate written music
One element of the Quaver Curriculum, ClassPlay, incorporates listening, moving, playing, and singing options for each piece in connection to the content. Teachers are able to dissect music theory within each song for a microscopic look at a piece of music. This increases student’s ability to analyze and evaluate written music.
3) Through frequent assessments
At the end of every three-lesson module, there is an assessment that includes music theory, analysis opportunities, as well as auditory listening examples. After completing the assessment, students are able to view and review their responses either individually or as a class for feedback in the moment.
All of the assessments, whether Quaver made or teacher made are linked to the Teacher Admin Panel and can be easily sent out to mobile devices using a QR code.
4) Through student projects
Through Quaver’s website and applications, students can complete project-based learning and compositions with Quaver’s Creatives. Students can complete their composition at school or at home, then submit their work through the Teacher Administration Panel.
The curriculum also supports project-based learning in the upper grades with built in assignments that provide students with real world, authentic tasks to better train them for future careers in music.
A highly functioning music room is one that encompasses all aspects of music making including singing, moving, playing, creating, listening, imitating, exploring, experiencing, analyzing, classifying, sharing, and performing. With programs like Quaver, these students are not only learning music, but having FUN! Here’s to hoping for a musical future for our young learners through molding these young musical minds!
What do you think? How have your students benefited from having Quaver in their classroom?
If you’re interested in reading more from Megan, check out her blog here!