Grades 3 and 4 have been busy this term learning some basic beatboxing techniques. Boots and cats! They have also used the skills they’ve learned combined with some inspiration from beatboxing pros such as Mal Webb, Tom Thum and Julia Dales to compose their own sounds and beatboxing compositions. We love to beatbox! Look out Mal Webb!
We are VERY excited to be presenting the incredible Mal Webb at Bell Primary School on Wednesday 31st May for a whole school incursion to support the rhythmic and beatboxing units throughout the Music program in Term 2.
Around the world and into your brain, vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentalist and looping beatboxing songwriter Mal Webb sings his songs about all manner of stuff. He’s like Bobby McFerrin, Skrillex and Cole Porter playing scrabble. Family fun free from facile frippery. We can’t wait!
In Term 2, Preps will continue to build on their knowledge of the foundations of music including beat, pitch, dynamics and tempo. They will explore melody by singing and moving to various nursery rhymes and songs. They will also begin to learn to sing the national anthem. Preps will explore rhythm by creating simple beats and actions within a song. Students will practice identifying emotions such as happy and sad when listening to a range of different music styles. They will build on their ability to name and recognise the sound of common instruments used in the classroom.
Grade 1 and 2
During Term 2, students in Grades 1 and 2 will investigate the difference between beat and rhythm. They will be introduced to simple rhythmic notation and repeated patterns called ostinatos. Students will use these simple rhythms and collaborate in groups to create their own compositions to perform to the class on their self-selected percussion instruments. They will also explore pitch, melody and dynamics by singing melodic patterns and learning specific techniques using mallets to play tuned percussion instruments through class songs.
Grade 3 and 4
Yo, yo, yo…check 1, 2…Grades 3 and 4 are in the house gearing up for some hip-hop beatbox styling! Term 2 continues on from our body percussion and rhythmic unit focus by adding pitch and timbre elements through simple beatboxing techniques. Students will arrange speech syllables to create their own simple compositions to perform to the class. They will also learn basic ukulele techniques such as playing chords, strumming patterns and simple improvisation. Students will play various songs by reading chord charts and will work towards performing a class song.
Grade 5 and 6
In Term 2, students in Grades 5 and 6 will be tuning their guitars and turning up their amps as they get ready to rock! I’m very excited to be introducing the Musical Futures ‘Just Play’ approach to learning where students take a practical and hands on approach to their music making. They will develop skills on various band instruments such as guitar, bass, ukulele, keyboard and drum kit and experience performing in large ensembles. Students will read and follow basic chord charts and have the opportunity to play simple improvised solos along to musical accompaniment. They will learn about the instruments in a band and the roles they perform. They will practice giving constructive feedback to each other using appropriate musical terminology.
Last term students in Grade 5/6 explored ways of arranging music by using simple rhythmic ostinatos (repeated patterns) based on a weather theme. Check out some of our arrangements!
As part of the Space and Science-Fiction Art unit this term, Grade 3/4 students have been working on some out-of-this-world (haha) astronaut self-portraits! We read a book called If you decide to go to the moon by Faith McNulty and then did some sketches of astronauts, followed by these final astronaut self-portraits, which focus on playing with perspective. The other component of the artwork was to create a galaxy and moon background using sponging and flicking painting techniques. These fun works are on display in the main building hallway and will soon be displayed in the office shortly too!
For those that don’t know, I will be away for the whole of Term 2, as I’m jet setting around Europe! I will miss all the kids, but as one of my fabulous students asked me today, “When you go on your holiday, will you be looking at lots of art to get good ideas and bring them back to do with us?” and the answer to that is a big YES! Good luck next term my mini artists and I look forward to hearing about all the wonderful artworks you created in Term 2 when I get back! See you in term 3!
This term senior art students read the book The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes and have created printed artworks inspired by her beautiful illustrations.
Students started off by looking at the illustrations and doing a series of sketches with a focus on detailed flora and the occasional fauna, such as worms and beetles. The students then picked parts of their drawings to turn into a collograph. A collograph is basically a fancy way of saying a stamp. Students printed their works using their collographs and once they were dry, they used fine-liners to add more detail. The results were truly stunning! They will be continuing this project into Term 2, so stay tuned for the next instalment.
I hear that the students in Grades 3 and 4 have been driving their parents and classroom teachers bananas learning the Cup Song this term! Not only did we master this percussive piece and its tricky rhythms, but we also got creative and composed some cup songs of our own!
It’s been all about robots this term for Grade 1 and 2! We started off with some robot sketches, moved on to an enlarged robot painting and finished with a mixed-media robot relief artwork. Students learnt about what relief means, in terms of a fusion between 2D and 3D. Students had the opportunity to use a variety of different materials, such as tiles, buttons and eclectic pieces of metal and wood. The results are some fantastic robots, which are bursting with their inventor’s creativity! What I loved most about this project was seeing the girls really embrace the robot theme. At first lots of the girls were like “Ohhh robots. I don’t like robots!” which got me thinking, “Do they actually not like robots? Or do they think girls can’t like robots?” However, over the term the girls have slowly embraced the robots and have absolutely loved designing and creating their circuitboard friends! I doubt I’ll ever hear a girl from Grade 1 or 2 tell me they don’t like robots anymore! To see this display, please visit the ground floor hallway, in the main building.