Explore the Importance of Silence

When was the last time you had one quiet minute in your day as a music teacher?

Though those minutes seem to be few and far between, especially this year, you can find one quiet minute in your day with an engaging activity—found right in the Quaver Curriculum!

Let’s dive in! 

Begin class with a song that emphasizes the importance of silence in music, “Sound and Rests,” found in ClassPlay!

After listening to the song a few times, have students make an “X” by crossing their forearms in front of them each time a rest occurs in the song.

Sound and Rests (Connections)

Find this activity in 1st Grade, Lesson 19, Screen 8 or in the Song Hub of “Sound and Rests” in ClassPlay! 

After listening to “Sound and Rests” and discussing the importance of silence in music, it’s time to discuss the importance of silence in general! Ask students why it is important at certain times to be very quiet. Is it possible to listen well when we’re being loud and noisy?

Instruct students to play The Quiet Game by closing their eyes, remaining completely silent for 30 seconds (Level 1), and listening for environmental sounds either in the classroom or at home.

  • Ask students to write words or draw pictures to describe what they heard or what they think they heard.
  • Continue the activity with Levels 2 and 3 as time permits

When students have completed each level, Chip the Monk will reward them with a special congratulatory animation!


Will you use this activity with your students? Connect with us on social media @QuaverMusic and let us know how it goes!