Okay, anyone remember when I went to Nashville last November and came home with an iPad? Remember that I couldn't tell you who gave it to me? Remember that even though I couldn't tell you who gave it to me, I was really excited about the project being developed?
I now have permission to spill the beans. So today I present you with what I like to refer to as Bill Nye the Science Guy for music: Quaver's Marvelous World of Music:
I'm telling you, seeing this thing in all its glory is completely amazing. It's more than these episodes. There is a whole teaching resource guide and accompanying website that is FANTABULOUS. The website isn't quite ready yet, but it will be launching soon and when it does, watch out! The website resource alone is going to knock your socks off.
There are three main components to the Quaver Music program:
- Quaver's Elementary School Program– This is a great supplemental resource for any school. The educational music episodes with accompanying teacher guides, as well as stacks of online resources including: interactive whiteboard activities to accompany each episode, hundreds of audio tracks, scores of all of Quavers' original songs, interactive quizzes, and access to Quaver's website where our "creatives" allow kids to create and save music online. This program will be available in early spring.
- Quaver's Homeschool Program– Whether for a co-op or for teaching kids one to one, the Homeschool Program is an amazing on-line and off-line resource that is guaranteed to each kids the foundations of music and support a broad understanding of music's place in history. Includes specific resources for homeschool families. This program will be available for pre-order on February 1.
- Quaver's Marvelous World of Music Virtual World for Kids launches May 1!
The very premise of Quaver's Marvelous World of Music is to help excite students about music fundamentals so they can learn to love music. It's a student-centered resource that uses culturally relevant production examples and integrates arts education into other curriculums. The comprehensive classroom program features:
- 30 high-energy and entertaining episodes on 15 DVD, each covering an essential music element: theory, instruments and ensembles, composers and music history, and music styles.
- A full-color Teacher Guide including teaching tips, hands-on student projects, and other tools accompanies each episode.
- Full access to Teacher-Only resources on QuaverMusic.com, which will provide several music creation tools when it launches to the public later the spring.
The school program follows the standards of MENC (Music Educators National Conference) and the National Standards of Art Education and incorporates input from some of the nation's best music teachers.
All the programs are flexible, allowing teachers to use different elements to teach younger students the fundamentals of music and an entertaining way to summarize subjects for older students.
Whew! That some kind of music education on steroids, huh?
Be sure to check out the Quaver Music YouTube channel and the Quaver Music Facebook page to keep up with the latest of the Quaver clips being released. And stay tuned right here because pretty soon I'm going to be giving away one of these awesome music packages – it would be perfect for your homeschool or a super awesome gift to give the music teacher at your kids' school. Trust me when I say this: your kids' music teacher will rise up and call you blessed if you win this on his/her behalf. I can't wait to utilize this with my own kids!
And there you have it. The secret is out. Quaver's Marvelous World of Music is in. And I like it. A lot.