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This big green ‘Q’ has garnered a lot of attention lately. If you haven’t heard, Quaver Music is rockin’ (pun intended) the way kids are learning about music these days. With high energy and fun, Quaver introduces young people to his ‘wonderful world of music’ in a way they’ve never experienced before!
I was fortunate enough to be a part of a focus group last year where I got a sneak peak of the 30 unit box set, along with their learning units and website.
I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like it.
Quaver (Graham Hepburn) leads kids on a musical adventure though his laboratory, into his studio and with the help of kooky characters along the way (like my personal favorite, talking busts of Vivaldi, Mozart & Bach…who also have a great sense of wit about them!). Take a look for yourself:
I recently tried to start teaching my 5 & 6 year old children to play the piano. However, trying to convey beat, rhythm, note names and meter just seemed to be a little too big of a task for this mom who hasn’t played piano since the day she left for college (let’s just say it’s been awhile). Not being able to afford private music lessons for two children right now, I can’t tell you how frustrating it was to see my two kids who obviously wanted so desperately to learn a new instrument, yet I didn’t have the skills to teach them.
Once we received the 15 DVD set (in one of the most creative packaging boxes, I might add), I started playing them for my kids in the van. Each DVD contains two units and with each unit being only 15 minutes, they are the perfect length to captivate my children’s attention without losing it along the way.
But what’s most impressive is that each DVD covers an essential music element: theory, instruments and ensembles, composers and music history, and music styles. Pair that information with Quaver’s passions for music and unique cast of characters to help, and you’ve got a winner.
Perhaps most impressive is the litany of resources Quaver provides to complement the DVDs, regardless of whether you’re trying to teach your kids at home like me, teaching music to kids in a school classroom or using it in a homeschool setting – Quaver has resources for each!
Thanks to Quaver, my kids are now on the journey to learning the piano. My daughter will proudly tell you she’s already earned ‘3 stars’ on the exercises she’s perfected and is on her way to more. I’m also grateful to Quaver for helping to sponsor my trip to the Savvy Blogging Summit this year.
If you’re here in Colorado Springs with me, keep an eye out for my purple Quaver shirt today: if you find me and tell me about your kids, I’ll have a special Quaver goodie for you!
Learn more about Quaver on their Parent/Teacher site here!