Kindergarten – Fifth Grade: Section 2

SECTION 2: Other Relevant Criteria

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 SECTION 2.A: Other Relevant Criteria – Publisher’s CriteriaOccurrence 1Occurrence 2Occurrence 3
Materials aligned with standards provide sequential, cumulative instruction and practice opportunities for a full range of foundational skills. (Specify or cite how the following instructional recommendations occur within this curriculum.)
1Disciplinary Literacy: Students have multiple opportunities to engage with authentic sources that represent the language and style that is used and produced by performers/artists/technicians in each of the five arts disciplines; dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. Examples could include vocabulary/term journals for each discipline (i.e. arabesque, ballad, scenery, portrait, digital art) photographs of famous/historical performers/artists, cultural and historical context. [Frequency of engagement with authentic sources should increase in higher grade levels and courses.] (Grades Pre K-12)Historical/Cultural context
There are multiple examples of this kind of screen.


Authentic Sources
There are additional pronounciation page for all of our other language songs.


Vocabulary Terms
This is one of hundreds of vocab screens highlighting keywords learned in each module


2Disciplinary Literacy: Students regularly engage in speaking/writing and performing cultural art phenomena (i.e., stories of performers, write skits, address local cultural arts.)Writing
There are many different types of worksheets in our resources for students to write about music

Classical Connections Journal Page

Perform Cultural Arts
There are over 1000 songs to sing or play.


This project book engages students in creating skits for about famous composers

Composers in Music History (Pages 11 + 12)

3Disciplinary Literacy: Materials provide a coherent sequence of authentic sources that use vocabulary and knowledge over the course of study in each of the five arts disciplines; dance, media arts, musice, theatre, and visual arts. Vocabulary is addressed as needed in the materials but not taught in isolation of deeper learning. Vocabulary from all five disciplines are included.Coherent Sequence
Coherent sequence in the Quaver course of study

Quaver Scope and Sequence

Authentic Sources
Authentic example of vocal, instruments and arrangement


Deeper Learning
Example of 6/8 meter being experienced and labelled


4Disciplinary Literacy: Materials address the necessity of using the five arts disciplines (dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts) across the curriculum.Dance/Music
We have many opportunities in Quaver for dance


Media/Music/Visual Arts
Through project work students expereince all the arts.


This allows students to create dance moves using a multimedia resource to music they have created.


5Learning Progressions: The overall organization of the materials and the
development of content skills and practices are coherent and support student mastery of the standards. The progression of learning is coordinated over time, clear and organized to prevent student misunderstanding.
Organization of Scope and Sequence
Coherent sequence in the Quaver course of study


Materials Clear and Organized
Quaver Curriculum Maps lay out the curriculum in modules

4th Grade Curriculum Map

Lesson Plans
Allow teacher to see standards and lesson flow they are teaching ensuring mastery.

Kindergarten Lesson Plan

6Learning Progressions: Students apply critical thinking skills to convey meaning to the presentation of artistic work.Listening Maps
Contain examples of critical thinking


Critical Thinking Screens
There are many of these in the curriculum


Interactive Screens
Good screen design should engender critical thinking


7Learning Progressions: Students have the opportunity to revisit their learning around the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS).Lesson Plans
All lesson plans have national standards embedded

3rd Grade Lesson Plan

Welcome Screens
Offers the opportunity to revisit learning from previous lessons

5LP-03-01(click Review tab)

Extended Screens
Each of the 350 curriculum lessons ends with a “What Did We Learn Today?” (screen 5 of the link below). That screen is followed by suggested extension activities, seen below as screens 6-9. These allow teachers and students to revisit concepts based on the standards in a different way.

Extended Screens 1

8Learning Progressions: Materials are coherent, sequenced within and across units to build students’ depth of knowledge.
Lesson Sequencing
All lessons are carefully sequenced with Welcome, Introduce, Develop and Apply

5th Grade Lesson Plan

Grade Level Sequencing
Sequencing of learning within one grade level

2nd Grade Curriculum Map

Overall Sequencing
Coherent sequence in the Quaver course of study

5th Grade Curriculum Map

9Learning Progressions: Materials are based on learning goals: 1) goals for learning are integrated as three-dimensional learning; 2) the nature of the arts, theory and applications . 3 Dimensional Learning (Cross curricular)
Cross curricular, practice, and core ideas are present in Quaver

2nd Grade Cross Curriculum Connections

Practice across Disciplines
Cross discipline practices, dance and music


Theory and Applications
Using notation and theory to create a piece of music.

My First Project

10Learning Progressions: Materials should interpret intent and meaning in artistic work to focus student on learning goals.Focused Learning Goals
Helping students focus on the learning goals to create an artistic work


Interpreting Intent and Meaning
This short video helps student to compose using motifs


Intent and Meaning
Showing the motifs within Wagner


11Learning Progressions: Materials are based on criteria to evaluate artistic work with grade-level appropriate learning goals.Materials Based on Grade-Level Appropriate Learning Goals There are many lessons of this nature in Quaver.

3SBL3.2-01 Oh, How Lovely - Identify(Click Objectives tab to find criteria/learning goals for this lesson)

Grade Level Appropriate Goals

Goal setting for a fifth-grade project


Evaluation Tools

Interactive rubrics laying out student goals and aims


12Usability: Materials provide pictorials, graphics and illustrations that represent diversity of cultures, race, color, creed, national origin, age, gender, language and disability.World Music Lyrics Page

Representing the country of Haiti, there are over 100 songs of this nature


Age, Creed, Disability

There many songs of this nature in Quaver


Pictures Representing Diversity

There are many history and information screens throughout Quaver


13Usability: Materials help students build an understanding of standard operating procedures and include safety guidelines, procedures, and equipment, i.e. stage equipment in theaters.Safety and Operations

Students learn simple safety rules and practice in the music classroom


Procedures and Guidelines

Notes contain tips for how to use instruments safely.


Safety on Stage

Procedures and safety on stage


14Usability: The total amount of content is viable for a school year and grade level appropriate.
Viable amount of content

There are 10 interactive screens per lesson. 360 screens per grade level.

3rd Grade Curriculum Map

Total Amount of Content

Our curriculum resources include over 6,500 interactive screens, organized in resource sets represented by icons on the bulletin board link below. These resources are always growing, with new content released each quarter at no additional cost.

Quaver Teacher Bulletin Board

Scope of Resources

Quaver’s Resource Manager contains all 6,500 teaching resources and can easily be searched by the teacher on multiple musical topics. Use the Resource Manager below to search for activities related to beat. Type “beat” in the search box and press SEARCH. You’ll see 333
Results, demonstrating the viability and size of the content for each school year.

Resource Manager

15Usability: Materials provide a variety of global/cultural perspectives used within the lesson content to account for various cultural/background experiences.Cultural Perspectives

Native American resources. One of 10 such hubs


Global Perspectives / Australasia

This is one of 100's of world music songs + activities


Global Perspectives / Africa

This is one of 100s of world music songs + activities


16Usability: Materials include teacher guidance for the mindful use of embedded technology to support and enhance student learning.Teacher Guidance

All of our curriculum resources come with teacher guides in print and online.

5th Grade Lesson Plan

PD videos

Our PD series trains teachers on how to use our resources

Level I Certification Course
Mindful Use of Technology

Our best practice guide aids the teacher in the use of technology in the classroom

Compose Your Own Part

17Equity: Materials are authentic to the regulation of the five arts disciplines diverse in text type (graphs, data tables, articles, etc.) and free of bias regarding issues such as race, gender, religion, environment, business, industry, political orientation, careers and career choices.Free of Religious Bias

Kwanzaa Celebration


Diverse Holidays

I Have a Little Dreidel



There are a number of bias- and gender-free screens outlining careers in music


18Equity: References to history and culture include New Mexico's history and culture. References to artwork include New Mexico artists and thier produced artwork.New Mexico State Song
This song shows iconography from famous animals and birds in New Mexico

History and Culture
Students can read the history and culture surrounding the state..

History and Culture
Students can read the history and culture surrounding the state song.

19Technology: Materials integrate technology in ways that engage students, are user-friendly, and support student learning.Engaging Technology
QBackbeat is used across all grade levels and has over 1 million student users

NM-K-5-61 - QBackbeat

User Friendly

Interactive screens to teach Form there are a number of versions of this screen.

Supporting Student Learning

Instrument Crane teaches the instrument families in an engaging way


20Scaffolding and Support: There are separate teacher support materials including: arts disciplines, background knowledge, support in three-dimensional learning, learning progressions, common student misconceptions and suggestions to address them, guidance targeting speaking/reading/writing in an arts curriculum (i.e. conversation guides, sample scripts, rubrics, exemplar student responses, history of discipline.)Support Papers
Separate teacher papers and studies supporting teachers.

Best Practices: Using an Online Curriculum
Support Materials
There are many examples in Quaver

Multiple Learning Styles

Rubrics are used throughout the curriculum to gauge student learning

NM-K-5-62 - Rubric Example

21Scaffolding and Support: Students have opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences in relation to the topic at the beginning of an instructional unit.Sharing Knowledge
Teacher notes guide the teacher to gather knowledge and experiences from students


Sharing Knowledge
Teacher notes guide teacher to gather knowledge and experiences from students


Beginning Instructional Units
The Rap project asks students to share experiences.


22Scaffolding and Support: Materials emphasize revisiting student ideas when new information is presented or acquired.Revisiting Patterns
Students revisit patterns in preparation for teaching on Meter


New Information and Revisiting Ideas
Students revisit notation and melody before starting a big project


Lesson Reviews
The Welcome Screens all contain review tabs that review previous lessons.

23Scaffolding and Support: Appropriate suggestions and materials are provided for differentiated instruction supporting varying student needs (including students who are gifted and talented as well as those with learning difficulties) at the unit and lesson level (e.g., alternative teaching approaches, pacing, instructional delivery options, suggestions for addressing common student difficulties to meet standards, etc.).Differentiated Instruction
Our written documents help teachers understand differentiated needs.

Exceptional Student Education
Varying Student Needs
Quaver supports Multiple Learning Styles

Example of Differentiated Learning

Extended Screens
Each curriculum lesson includes additional screens after the “What Did We Learn Today?” screen, seen in screen #7 on the link below. This helps teachers extend learning to differentiate, give alternate approaches, and deliver additional instructions.

Extended Screens 2
24Scaffolding and Support: The materials provide instructional strategies, resources, and language development support for English language learners (sheltered instruction.)Sheltered Instruction
Teaching a song using specifically chosen graphics, helping ELL students


Support for ELL
All of our video resources have Spanish and English subtitles.


Language Support
All of our keywords are translated into four languages: English, French, Spanish, and Haitian Creole

Keyword Glossary
25Assessment: Scoring guidelines and rubrics align to performance expectations, and incorporate criteria that are specific, observable, and measurable.Performance Rubric
There are many of these assessment tools in Quaver


Create Rubric
There are many of these assessment tools in Quaver


Assessments and Goals
Projects and goals help to focus student activities


26Assessment: Multiple types of formative and summative assessments (performance-based tasks, questions, research, investigations, projects, etc.) are embedded into content materials and assess the learning targets.Formative Assessment
There are hundreds of interactive scored assessments within Quaver


Summative Assessments
Every three lessons in Quaver has a summative multiple choice assessment quiz.


Each grade level contains a pre-assessment quiz to determine the state of student knowledge at the start of the year.


27Assessment: Materials embed student assessments that are accompanied by student work exemplars and score identification of concepts and skills to support further instruction and differentiation, remediation or acceleration. Student Work Exemplars + Assessments
This app can be used to create and save compositions for assessing progress


Student Work Exemplars + Assessments
This app can be used to create and save compositions for assessing progress


Skills to Support Further Instruction
EarIQ automatically assesses and increases the difficulty level for students in Ear training