A Message to the QuaverEd Qmunity

At QuaverEd, we believe strongly in the power of music to transform lives. In light of emerging research, we have taken the time to reevaluate our song collection with best practices for teaching and nurturing children in mind. We are excited to implement changes in our song collection as we present new curricular resources starting this summer. 

Our evaluative process included examining our canon under the umbrellas of racist, adult, or culturally insensitive themes. Songs that were determined to have been created to demean a group of people will be removed first from our resources, starting this July. We have vetted each one of these songs and will replace it, when appropriate, with a piece that will help teachers meet the same musical objectives. 

Presently, we offer you this list of songs to be removed along with resources currently located in the Quaver library that can be used to address the same concepts. In future releases, you will see newly composed songs in place of these pieces that aim to offer your students a joyful learning experience with your guidance.

Songs RemovedConceptSuggested Substitution
Buffalo GalsAB FormHunting Song
The Happy Farmer
Canoe SongLow E and D on instrumentsOld MacDonald
Chicken on a FencepostSixteenth notesLook at All the Hens
DinahSixteenth notesOld Brass Wagon
Paw Paw Patch
Jim Along JosieChoreography
John KanakaSixteenth notesOld Brass Wagon
Paw Paw Patch
Old Dan TuckerLow so
Low la
Old Brass Wagon
Turn the Glasses Over
Shortnin’ BreadL, dr toneset
Minor key
Call and response
Boots of Shining Leather 
Charlie Over the Ocean
Turkey in the StrawDance songSimple Square Dance 1, 2, and 3
Oh, SusannahEnd of the year song for 2nd gradeAmerica (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)
Land of the Silver BirchLa pentatonicDeep in the Forest
Don’t Need Riches/Thankful for You (partner song)
A-Tisket, A-TasketQuarter and Eighth notes
Steps, skips, and repeated notes
America the Beautiful
Acka BackaSteady beat
Quarter and Eighth notes
Quarter Rest
Pitched percussion
Bounce High
Snail, Snail
Camptown RacesDotted Eighths and Sixteenth notes
Dotted Quarter
CanoeLow E and D on instrumentsOverdrive
Old MacDonald
I’ve Been Working on the RailroadDotted notes
Low sol
Legato singing
Music Alone Shall Live
Old MacDonald
Liza JaneSyncopation
Eighth/Sixteenth Pairs
Beat vs. Rhythm
Alabama Gal
5 Green and Speckled Frogs
Shoo, Fly!Dotted Rhythms
Do You Know the Muffin Man
The More We Get Together
Old Folks at Home (FL) Swing feel
A Musical Joke, Mvt. 4 (K. 522), Mozart
In the Hall of the Mountain King, Grieg
The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You (TX)Folk song in 4/4
2-beat folk groove
Music Alone Shall Live
Old MacDonald
America the Beautiful
The Yellow Rose of Texas (TX)Dotted Eighth and Sixteenth note
Diatonic major scale
Large vocal leaps (6th and 7th)
Old Joe Clark

We understand that self-evaluation is an ongoing process. We are dedicated to pursuing a continued path of growth as we work to help educators enrich the lives of their students. 

Please reach out to our team if you have any questions. To submit a request for resource review, please contact us with any relevant research for consideration.