Friday, February 21, 2014

Music class takes one giant note forward

Through the generous support of the Forest North PTA, Mrs. Hermansen was recently able to purchase a software and DVD package from "Quaver's Marvelous World of Music" called The Essentials Kit. This kit offers 30 units that cover all the required curriculum for music: music theory (reading and writing music), instruments and ensembles, composers and music history, and music styles. Each unit includes a video on DVD, plus a wealth of online resources. One of the most exciting resources included with each unit is a set of interactive whiteboard activities, which are really fun and engaging for the kids. The videos are also very entertaining as well as informative. Some of the best features of the Essentials Kit are several virtual composing and recording studios, teaching students to create music in many different styles, from classical to rock to rap to jazz. There is also a fun section called "Bach's Brain" that helps students get to know six of the most famous composers throughout history. In another section, students can explore an interactive "World Map of Music" that introduces kids to a huge array of music and instruments from all over the world. Best of all, there is a free kid's area on the "Quaver's Marvelous World of Music" website that students can explore at home, which includes games, a virtual recording studio, and much more. 

Mrs. Hermansen and her class are anxiously preparing to dive into this wonderful new music resource at Forest North! 

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