What’s new in the music room, you ask? Well on the holidays our maintenance person was busy building a snazzy ukulele stand to store all our ukuleles and keep them nice and safe. The bonus is…they look amazing too!
In Term 1, Grade 3 and 4 students explored harmony using the percussive colourful tubes called Boomwhackers. They learnt how to build a chord and created their own compositions using a score. They then arranged and performed their compositions to the class. Here are some examples of our amazing work!
During our Grade 5/6 Senior Vocal Ensemble session today (Grade 5 students were on an excursion) we had an impromptu visit from Prep J and Prep L. The Preps were treated to a concert by the Grade 6 singers! And the Preps even got to show the Grade 6 students some of their singing too! What a great learning experience and a wonderful opportunity for an authentic audience.
Grade 1 and 2 students have been rocking out this Term! After reading ‘Pete the Cat – Rocking In my School Shoes’ students used a rhythmic template to create their own composition. They wrote their rhythms using traditional notation and also wrote their own lyrics. Check out some of these rockers!
This Term Grade 5/6 have been learning about Jamaican and Latin American grooves. From reggae to dancehall, students have been focusing on locking into rhythmic patterns and discovering the challenges of working in large and medium ensembles. Here are some examples of our learning:
In Term One, 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
This term Grade 1 and 2 students will explore rhythmic and melodic patterns in music through the groovy books ‘Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons’ and ‘Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes’. Students will learn to sing these songs and identify the first beat in every bar as well as practice keeping a steady beat to the music. They will also compose and perform their own version of ‘Rocking in my School Shoes’ by completing a rhythmic template. Students will also learn to identify and play patterns in various nursery rhymes.
Grade 3 and 4
In Term One, Grade 3 and 4 students will be using the percussive colourful tubes called Boomwhackers to explore duration and dynamics. They will learn about time signatures by playing and singing songs that have three beats in a bar, as opposed to the conventional four beats. Students will have the opportunity to compose and perform their own Boomwhacker piece and learn to write and recognise notes in a Major scale using traditional notation. They will also experiment with simple chords and begin to understand how using these creates harmony in their piece.
Grade 5 and 6
This term Grade 5 and 6 students will be taking a groove-based approach to learning rhythmic patterns as a large whole-class ensemble. They will be exploring traditional Jamaican reggae and dancehall rhythms as well as Afro-Cuban tumbao patterns. Students will practice maintaining their part throughout the performances and explore ways to combine and extend musical ideas through improvisation. By interpreting graphic and traditional notation, students will explore different ways of communicating and expressing musical ideas using elements such as dynamics and articulation.
We have had such a fabulous year in the Arts department here at Bell. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with all the amazingly talented and creative kids over 2017 and look forward to another fun-filled year in 2018. Happy festive season, Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all! From Chelsea and Milica
This Term, Grade 5/6 students went Back to the Future! They set upon a mini Inquiry into the Science Fiction genre (Sci-Fi) and detailed their own characters using digital MindMapping tools. Students then unleashed their creativity to compose a vignette (short composition) to represent their chosen character using the Soundation program. They explored how famous Sci-Fi composers use technology and the elements of music to create drama and tension through music. Here are some awesome examples of their work!
Oscar and Daniel – 5/6E
Amelia and Goldie – 5/6E
Charlotte B and Maggie – 5/6F
Henry W and Henry H – 5/6F
Lily and Darcy – 5/6L
Sean and Raymond – 5/6L
Aimee and Ayesha – 5/6M
Romy and Allister – 5/6M
Xavier and Thomas – 5/60
Elizabeth and Tahlia – 5/60
In Term 4, Grade 3 and 4 students had the opportunity to participate in a lunchtime Open Mic club. This club gave students the chance to practice performing songs in front of an audience, just like at a real Open Mic event. Students could come and just be an audience member if they preferred and learnt what it meant to be a good audience. We had some amazing performances!