Quaver’s Music Madness 2019!

Looking for a new way to get students analyzing music and thinking critically?

It’s time for the second annual Quaver’s Music Madness

Last year, composers from four different musical periods–Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Impressionist–squared off to see who had the ultimate classical piece! And ultimately, it was Tchaikovsky and his winning piece, “The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” that came out on top!

Check out his big win here!

We’re excited to bring back the competition—and to change it up a bit! 

This year, from March 12th to April 9th, songs from four different musical genres (and found in the Quaver Curriculum!), will square off to see which genre and song comes out on top.

How to participate in Quaver’s March Music Madness:

  • The competition begins on March 12th with a special preliminary round to narrow down our quarterfinal contenders
  • Visit QuaverMusic.com/MusicMadness to cast your vote in the preliminary round
  • Each of the four genres (Holiday, Folk/World, Recorder, and Quaver Original) will pit an MVP song and a Rookie song against each other
  • Once the quarterfinal contenders are decided, the voting will begin
  • Use the provided worksheets to analyze the contenders in your class (found in Resource Manager)
  • All songs will be available as an audio playlist in Resource Manager by searching “March Madness”
  • Starting on March 19th, visit QuaverMusic.com/MusicMadness to cast your vote (one vote per class please!)
  • Join us each week to vote on your favorites—and on April 9th, the winner will be revealed on the Quaver Music Facebook page and right here on the blog!

Download a color version of the bracket!

Download a black and white version of the bracket!

Download the quarterfinals bracket!

Download the semifinals bracket!

Download the finals bracket!

Looking for a new responding activity for your students?

We’ve developed two special worksheets that you can use along with Quaver’s Music Madness!

How to access the songs:

  1. Visit QuaverMusic.com and log into your Teacher Account
  2. Click the TEACHER Tab
  3. Click the Resource Manager icon, located on the Teacher Dashboard
  4. Search “March Madness” in the Search Bar and pull up the audio playlist!

For Younger Students (K-2)

Click here to download the worksheet!

  • Download and print the worksheet for your students to complete as you listen to the songs each week
  • Students will analyze the songs based on the following elements: mood, dynamics, instrument families, and tempo
  • Fill in the boxes:
    • Mood box – have students draw how the song makes them feel
    • Instrument Families box– have students circle which instruments they hear in the song
    • Dynamics box– have students mark on the scale which dynamic best fits the song
    • Tempo box–have students decide whether the song is slow (largo), fast (presto), or somewhere in between (moderato)
  • Have students rate each song by shading in the stars
  • Collect student worksheets and compare their ratings
  • The piece that receives the most stars wins that round for your class!

For Older Students (3+)

Click here to download the worksheet!

  • Download and print the worksheet for your students to complete as you listen to the songs each week
  • Use the critical thinking questions to guide your students to analyze the pieces
  • Students can respond to each of the questions on the worksheet and then discuss their answers in groups or as a class
  • Have students rate each song by shading in the stars
  • Collect the students worksheets and compare their ratings
  • The piece that students give the most stars to wins that round for your class!

The results are in! And your 2019 Quaver’s March Music Madness winner is…

Congratulations to “Write It Down!” While it was a close match, our rookie contender ultimately beat out a fan favorite, “Cray Cray Christmas” in a surprising upset!

Thanks for participating in Quaver’s March Music Madness! We hope you enjoyed analyzing these pieces with your students, thinking critically, and having fun!

Our team at Quaver HQ will take a look at the submitted brackets to see if there were any perfect brackets. Stay tuned!

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