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Quaver's Marvelous World of Music Review by Maggi Beardsley, LLC
1706 Grand Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212

Quaver's Marvelous World of Music is a complete music curriculum in a box. The box includes 30 music lessons on 15 DVDs and 15 teacher guides. The 30 lessons are arranged into four separate units: "Music Theory," "Instruments & Ensembles," "Composers & Music History," and "Music Styles."

The teacher guides are complete and are organized into nine sections that enable you to walk your students through the video lessons. The sections include an overview, introduction, dvd discussion points, class activities, web activities, homework, assessments, cross-curriculum activities, and a digging deeper section--as well as reproducible worksheets for each lesson. The box is complete; no other supplies are needed.

To use this product, simply choose a lesson, load the dvd , and watch the video. Decide which parts of the teacher's guide you want to use, if any. The videos are lively, high energy, fun to watch, and engaging for kids of different grade levels. Younger kids will enjoy the videos as an introduction to music, and older kids can dig deeper with all of the worksheets in the teacher guides. This product is well suited for homeschool use since it is a complete music curriculum and is easy to use.

Access to the Quaver's Marvelous World of Music website comes with the product. The website includes games and activities related to the videos as well as an area where kids can write their own music and learn more about music.

Pros: Our family really enjoyed the videos and the website. The videos were engaging to all of my kids. I liked that the box is an entire comprehensive curriculum and that nothing else needs to be purchased. It is a very high quality product; the guides are printed in full color on heavy card stock type paper. The dvd s are all quality productions, and we never had any type of issue playing them in our dvd player or on our laptops.

Cons: The complete set is fairly expensive. Each part is available for purchase individually, but the price is high. The expense may keep Quaver's Marvelous World of Music out of the typical homeschool.

Price aside, I do like the product and would absolutely recommend it. I have not seen another complete music curriculum on the market, and I am very excited that my family gets to use this wonderful music program.

Product review by Maggi Beardsley, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, August 2011