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Grade 3 and 4 ukulele

In Term 2, Grade 3 and 4 students learnt more about the ukulele and worked on popular Australian song ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy. Changing chords can be tricky, so we used sticker dots to help us find the chord shapes more easily. We even had a go at playing along to the backing track and singing the song. Practise, practise, practise!






Grade 1 and 2 – Funga Alafia

In Term 2, Grade 1 and 2 students learnt the African greeting song ‘Funga Alafia’. They worked on different parts of the song and then added them together as a whole class arrangement. They learnt the singing part with the actions, the body percussion part and how to play the melody on a tuned percussion instrument.

What’s happening in Music this term?

Prep
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 practise identifying emotions such as happy and sad when listening to a range of different music styles. They will also look at rhythm and rhyme in simple chants and raps.

Grade 1 and 2
In Term 2, Grade 1 and 2 students will be focusing on singing and movement through simple chants and songs. They will be introduced to the concept of vocal improvisation and techniques such as ‘call and response’ and will experiment with these musical ideas through interactive singing and play. Students will learn to sing West African welcome song ‘Funga Alafia’ along with the accompanying actions and body percussion parts. They will also work on performing the vocal melody on instruments such as the xylophone and metallophone.

Grade 3 and 4
In Term 2, Grade 3 and 4 students will be learning about the ukulele. They will learn how to play some simple and more complex chords through ‘call and response’ patterns. By combining downstroke and upstroke strumming, they will attempt various strumming patterns within different songs. Students will learn to play popular Australian song ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy and will work towards a class performance with a backing track. They will practise reading and following chord charts and diagrams and learn the difference between chords and a melody.

Grade 5 and 6
Good Golly Miss Molly! Term 2 for Grade 5 and 6 students is all about exploring the Blues! Through listening examples, they will learn about the history and characteristics of the Blues and how important this style of music was to the development of popular music. Students will learn how build a chord and perform a 12 Bar Blues chord progression on the keyboard, xylophone, ukulele and boomwhackers. They will work on developing their improvisation skills by building on simple melodies using the Blues scale. Students will arrange and perform their own Blues composition in small groups.

Grade 5 and 6 Samba arrangements

Grade 5 and 6 students have been exploring Brazilian Samba music this term. We didn’t have traditional South American instruments so we used African instruments to get similar sounds. They learnt some of the rhythms through word phrases and used these as well as call and response patterns to create their own Samba arrangements in groups. We hope they get you grooving!

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Grade 3 and 4 Cup Compositions

Grade 3 and 4 students explored body percussion and rhythms this term and learnt ‘The Cup Song’ from the movie ‘Pitch Perfect’. They then composed their own cup song in groups and used music notation, words and pictures to document their composition. This is called a ‘score’. They then rehearsed and performed their compositions. There’s SOOOOO much creativity on display here! Here’s a sample:

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Grade 1 and 2 Pizza Compositions

Grade 1 and 2 students have been working hard this term learning how to write music notation and rhythms to create their own compositions based on…PIZZA! They chose rhythms to create a musical document called a ‘score’, then they arranged their composition and rehearsed it before performing it to the class. They even added loud and soft sounds to the score called ‘dynamics’. Check out these examples:

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What’s happening in Music this term?

Prep
In Term 1, Preps will be introduced to the foundations of music by exploring elements such as beat, pitch, dynamics and tempo. Students will use their voices, movement and instruments to express ideas and interpret sound and silence. We will also begin responding to music through simple listening tasks using a variety of genres and styles. Preps will play and sing songs and rhymes and explore contrasts in sounds. This term is also about learning the routines in the music room and respecting the instruments and equipment we use to express our creativity.

Grade 1 and 2
In Term 1, Grade 1 and 2 students will focus on exploring and composing with three key elements in music – rhythm, pitch and dynamics. They will build their knowledge of these music elements through a set of fun activities based on each element while growing their confidence and collaborative skills along the way. Students will use simple rhythmic notation and collaborate in groups to create their own Pizza Compositions to perform to the class with percussion instruments.

Grade 3 and 4
In Term 1, Grades 3 and 4 will be exploring musical elements such as rhythm, pitch and dynamics through voice, movement and body percussion. Students will learn to play rhythms through a process of speech patterns and movement and will begin developing their improvisation skills during group activities. They will learn and analyse The Cup Song by breaking down the parts of the composition that relate to both the rhythmic pattern and movement elements of the piece. They will then compose their own cup pattern using a graphic score and simple notation and arrange their pattern to create their own piece. Students will rehearse and perform their composition for the class.

Grade 5 and 6
In Term 1, Grades 5 and 6 will be taken on a rhythmical journey through body percussion and Latin American music. Students will learn how to use word phrases to play various percussion instruments and explore and create body percussion pieces through chants. They will investigate South American Samba style rhythms and get creative with improvisation. Students will have the opportunity to create their own rhythm and word phrases using movement and sound and will arrange their own Samba piece to perform to the class.

Prep Animal Soundscapes

In Term 4, Prep students explored Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories and music. They played and composed simple rhythms on the Aboriginal clap sticks and experimented with using symbols to represent long and short sounds. Preps created an animal soundscape based on the book ‘An Australian 1,2,3 of Animals’ by Indigenous Australian artist Bronwyn Bancroft. Here are some examples:

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