Quaver’s Music Madness 2020

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

It’s time for the third annual Quaver’s Music Madness! 

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VOTE IN THE FINAL ROUND- The Final voting round will be open for voting until midnight on April 7th. 

Voting is now closed. 

Click here to see the winner! 

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Last year, ClassPlay songs from four different genres–Holiday, Folk/World, Recorder, and Original–squared off to see what was the ultimate favorite song. It was the Quaver original tune “Write It Down” that came out on top!

We’re excited for yet another round of Quaver’s Music Madness!

This year, from March 17th to April 8th, songs from four different musical styles (and found in the Quaver Curriculum!), will square off to see which genre and song comes out on top.

Quaver Music Madness Worksheet for Quaver Students 3 years and older!

How to participate in Quaver’s March Music Madness:

  • The competition begins with a special preliminary round to narrow down our quarterfinal contenders.
  • Visit QuaverMusic.com/MusicMadness to cast your vote in the preliminary round, from now until March 17th. 
  • Each of the four musical styles (Rock, Country, Pop, and Latin) will have four song square off against each other to determine the quarterfinal contenders.
  • 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 17th, 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 8th, the winner will be revealed on the QuaverMusic.com Facebook page and right here on the blog!

Teacher Tip: “Multiply, Multiply,” “Gallons to Cups,” “You’re a Star,” and “My Personality” are some of Quaver’s newest original songs! Look out for them in ClassPlay in the coming months. 

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)

  • Download and print the worksheet, found in Resource Manager, 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+)

  • Download and print the worksheet, found in Resource Manager, 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!

Exploring Musical Styles

As you move through the competition with your class, this is a great opportunity to explore musical styles with your students. What makes something a rock song? What are the defining characteristics of Latin music? Below, you’ll find a few resources within the Quaver Curriculum to introduce students to these four musical styles.

Rock

Rock on, dude! Discuss with students what constitutes a song as “rock.” Can they already name some examples of famous rock songs they know?

Explore the Rock QuaverBook (Basic or Advanced) or watch Quaver’s Rock episode to dive in further.

Watch Quaver's Rock episode found in your Resource Manager!
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Search “QuaverBooks” in Resource Manager to explore all QuaverBooks

Country

Howdy, y’all! While we are pretty familiar with country music here at Quaver HQ in Nashville, this month is a great opportunity to introduce students to country music. Explore the Country QuaverBook (Basic or Advanced) or watch Quaver’s Country episode to dig in.

Quaver's Country episode, found inside the Quaver Resource Manager

Search “Country” in Resource Manager to find the Country episode

Pop

Pop is a mish mash of all kinds of other musical styles. Your students are probably pretty familiar with what pop music sounds like. Ask them to name a few pop songs or artists they know and love. Explore the Pop QuaverBook (Basic + Advanced) to further your discussion about pop music.

Venue Book Pop is an activity where students can explore their favorite pop artist and what pop music sounds like!

Search “QuaverBooks” in Resource Manager to explore all QuaverBooks

Latin

Latin music is all about rhythm, drama, romance, and dancing. Explore the Latin QuaverBook (Basic or Advanced) to learn more about this dynamic musical style. What do your students already know about Latin music?

Venue Book Musica Latina is an activity on rhythm, romance and dance. Students can learn about the dynamic music style!

Search “QuaverBooks” in Resource Manager to explore all QuaverBooks

Explore resources for all musical styles in Resource Manager, including the resources above, by selecting Musical Styles from the Topic Index. 

All the musical style resources can be found in your Quaver Resource Manager!

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We hope you’re excited for this year’s competition! We can’t wait to see who comes out on top! 

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