Monthly Archives: October 2014

1/2’s Perform Looby Loo Using Tuned Percussion Instruments

Grade 1 and 2 students have been exploring pitch in term 4. Performing short simple songs using tuned Orff instruments is a great way for students to get a deeper understanding of pitch and its role in music.

5/6I get creative with their backdrops!

Only one week away from the culmination of all the hard work that has gone into the Grade 5/6 Sound Art Project. Next week students will be performing their compositions to peers and teachers. 5/6I decided to take it to another level and create backdrops to enhance the experience of their performances – well done!

Pop Art Pizzas!

It’s been a fun start to Term Four in art! The Preps have been learning all about Pop Art and particularly Claes Oldenburg’s food sculptures. We started with a developmental work by creating pizzas on a paper plate and then moved on to clay sculptures. The students loved the tactile experience of the clay and were able to see their skills translate from 2D to 3D works. The finished pizza slices look good enough to eat!

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Bell PS Singers Perform At The Darebin Music Feast!

Wow! Last Saturday afternoon the Bell PS Singers performed in front of a packed Studio One at the Northcote Town Hall. The performance was for the launch of the ‘Rhythm and Sounds Songbook Launch’ a book of vocal rounds written and arranged by Anna Struth. The launch was part of the Darebin Music Feast which celebrates art, music and culture across the municipality. The Bell PS Singers sang two rounds from the book, ‘Singing And Swinging’ and ‘Stories’. They performed both rounds beautifully and the singers even had the opportunity to lead the audience in a sing-a-long. The students had the pleasure of listening to two other choirs perform, ‘Girl Friday’ and ‘Sophie’s Voice’. These choirs also led the audience through a couple of rounds and it was fabulous to hear the Bell PS Singers contributing tunefully in full voice. Thank you to Nell Alves-Perini for volunteering her time at lunch on Tuesdays and again on Saturday to work with the choir. Thank you to Anna Struth for giving the students the opportunity to perform in front of such a huge and receptive audience. Also a big thank you to members of the Bell PS community who came to listen to the performance.

 

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Get Orff That Rhythm!

Term 4 grade 3&4 students will be creatively engaged in small and whole class Orff ensemble sessions. Carl Orff was a famous German composer and music pedagogue. He developed an approach to music education that integrates Speech, Singing, Movement and instruments to teach the elements of music. Xylophones, metallophones, Glockenspiels, as well as other untuned percussion instruments are fundamental to the Orff approach for their simplicity which helps facilitate student success and creativity. Grade 3&4 students will learn a series of short songs that will also be performed as a whole class ensemble. This experience will allow the students to build on their knowledge of music through doing. That is, creating, making and performing.

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What’s The Score?

During term 4 prep students will be applying their musical knowledge gained over the year to instruments and symbols. Prep students will explore the relationship between sound and symbols. That is, how sound can be represented as symbols that can then be documented for others to perform. Here prep students will need to draw on their knowledge of dynamics (louds and softs), tempo (fast and slow), pitch (high and low) as well as timbre (the sound quality an instrument makes) and unleash their creativity to compose short whole class compositions. Towards the end of the term preps will also engage in some merriment through song as the excitement of Christmas draws near.

 

Taking Off! Exploring Pitch

In Term 4 grades 1&2 students will be exploring pitch. Using body movement, voice and tuned percussion instruments, students will be looking at the role that pitch plays in music. The students will be engaging in a number of games and activities that will help students achieve a deeper understanding of how pitch works. The students will also be given an opportunity to explore pitch using Orff tuned percussion instruments. These musical experiences will take place as whole class ensembles. Ensembles provide fabulous opportunities for the students to learn about pitch and other musical elements by adopting the role as a performer in a larger group.

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5/6 Music Sound Sculpture Round Up!

Now that the 5/6 students have finished off their sound sculptures the final phase of the inquiry is to take action and compose a short piece of music that will then be performed and recorded. Drawing on their creative thinking skills, the grade 5/6 students will form collaborative composition groups. Each group will then be given time to design a piece of music that includes some form of structure. For example Binary Form (The piece has an A section followed by a B section) or Ternary form (The piece of music is structured around and A section, followed by a B section which then returns to the A section to finish). Grade 5/6 students will need to cast their creative minds back to the fabulous composition work they have done throughout 2014 and draw on the knowledge they gained so that their sound sculpture composition includes clear elements of rhythm, tempo, pitch, dynamics and timbre.

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Pop Art!

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Prep

In Term Four the Preps will be discovering the Pop Art movement through 2D and sculptural experiences. They will be looking at the works of Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Thiebaud and creating sculptures of popular foods with a focus on proportion, form, colour and texture. By using clay and papier-mâché students will be able to experience the visual arts through tactile activities.

 Grade 1 and 2

In Term Four the Grade 1 and 2 students will be learning about the Pop Art movement from the 50’s to contemporary works. We will be looking at the work of Roy Lichtenstein and students will be creating self-portraits inspired by the comic book genre. In the second half of the term we will be looking at a contemporary Pop Art artist from Japan, Yayoi Kusama. Students will create pumpkin sculptures inspired by Kusama’s playful installations. Throughout these experiences students will learn about symmetry, colour, line and form.

Grade 3 and 4

In Term four the Grade 3 and 4 students will embark on a journey through the movement of Pop Art, with a particular focus on three famous Pop Art artists, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol and Jean Dubuffet. While learning about proportion and scale, students will create apple core sculptures inspired by the work of Oldenburg. Taking a contemporary approach to Warhol’s Campbell Soup Cans, students will focus on developing their drawing technique in a collaborative 2D project.

 Grade 5 and 6: Continuing Sound Art project

Now that the 5/6 students have finished off their sound sculptures the final phase of the inquiry is to take action and compose a short piece of music that will then be performed and recorded. Drawing on their creative thinking skills, the grade 5/6  students will form collaborative composition groups. Each group will then be given time to design a piece of music that includes some form of structure. For example Binary Form (The piece has an A section followed by a B section) or Ternary form (The piece of music is structured around and A section, followed by a B section which then returns to the A section to finish). Grade 5/6 students will need to cast their creative minds back to the fabulous composition work they have done throughout 2014 and draw on the knowledge they gained so that their sound sculpture composition includes clear elements of rhythm, tempo, pitch, dynamics and timbre.