Just in time for the new school year, your Quaver account has received a major update!
In the weeks that follow, we’ll provide more detail and training on each of these important updates and changes.
Today, we’re digging into the new and improved ClassPlay™! We’ve streamlined the look and navigation to make the songs you know and love even easier to use. The new ClassPlay™ homepage also features updated search tools and easy access to a menu of Teacher Toolbox activities and Student Interactives. As an added bonus, each activity opens in a new window so you never have to worry about losing your place again!
Let’s dive into this new powerful Quaver resource.
We’ll cover the following topics:
- Overview of ClassPlay™
- ClassPlay™ Homepage
- Teacher Toolbox
- Student Interactives
- Song Lyrics, Animated Scores, Class Activities, and Printables
- Navigation and Search
Overview of ClassPlay™
If you’re not familiar with ClassPlay™, it is Quaver’s interactive song resource library. ClassPlay™ is home to a growing library of songs for teaching musical concepts, skills, and movement. The diverse song list includes a variety of song styles from folk, traditional, and world music to classical, patriotic, seasonal, and original Quaver songs. ClassPlay™ is also home to songs for teaching instruments including recorder, ukulele, keyboard, Orff instruments, and more.
To access ClassPlay™, simply navigate to your Teacher Dashboard and click the ClassPlay™ icon on the left side of the center section.
Once you’re in ClassPlay™, the first thing you’ll notice is the new layout.
The new ClassPlay™ Homepage is organized in three sections: a center section contains the song list and song-specific activities including printable scores and worksheets. The columns on each side contain extension activity ideas.
Starting on the left, you’ll find your Teacher Toolbox. This column gives you easy access to ten of our most popular Toolbox activities. These activities are not song or lesson specific resources, but are useful for teaching in any number of situations.
Click any activity to open it in a new browser tab. You can also open the full Teacher Toolbox by clicking FULL TOOLBOX.
On the right side of the screen, you’ll find a similar column of Student Interactives. These activities are intended for use on student devices, whether in groups, center, or by individual students.
Click any activity to open it in a new tab, or click ALL INTERACTIVES to access the full menu.
Song Lyrics, Animated Scores, Class Activities, and Printables
Let’s look now at the center section of the ClassPlay™ homepage. This area holds your searchable song list, the key to all things ClassPlay™! Here, you can easily search for a song by typing the title in the white search bar. Scroll through the list to see the hundreds of songs available to you!
The PLAY icon to the left of any song title allows you to hear a clip of ANY song. The purple SONG INFO icon to the right of any song title pulls up more info about the song, including musical concepts and elements. Here, you will also find the recommended grade level for the song.
Click the title of any song to see the activities in the center column change. That’s because this section of the menu is interactive. The activities that appear are unique to the song that’s selected and highlighted in green.
As an added bonus, each activity opens in a new window so you never have to worry about losing your place again! In each new window, you’ll notice a NOTES icon in the upper right corner of your screen. Here, you’ll find additional classroom activities, how to use the activity, and the purpose of the activity.
Navigation and Search
To search for a song by some criteria other than the title, click the purple button labeled FILTERS to the right of the search bar.
How to search with a filter:
- First, you can select the GRADE LEVEL. Most songs in ClassPlay™ are tagged for a number of grades. For example, 3rd grade, will return any song that includes 3rd grade in the grade span.
- Below the grade icons, you’ll see there are eight core categories of ClassPlay™ songs. Select any category to return all the songs in that category. You can also leave this section blank to search all songs in ClassPlay™.
- Below the ADVANCED FILTERS header, you’ll find additional search options. You can select a STYLE of song, INSTRUMENTS used in the song activities, the METER, KEY, or SOLFÈGE syllables used in the song.
To complete your search, select one or more filters and click OK. As you select your filters, it’s important to note that the search will return songs that meet ANY of the requirements in the song category or categories you choose. These filters continue to evolve, so let us know how they work for you!
Back on the homepage, your song list now includes only the songs that meet the filters you’ve chosen. Notice the number of songs appears in the search bar. The number next to the FILTERS button tells you your search has been applied. Click FILTERS again to edit the filter or CLEAR ALL to reset your search.
Stay tuned to the blog for a more in-depth review of each new feature in the coming weeks. We can’t wait to hear what you think!