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!
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!
This Term, students in Grade 1 and 2 learnt all about the percussive colourful tubes called Boomwhackers. They experimented with how to make sounds from these instruments and learnt how to follow traditional and digital notation. Students also used a rhythmic template to create their own compositions. Here are some Boomwhacking examples!
In Term 4, Prep students delved further into exploring pitch and basic form in music. They learnt about steps and leaps when using intervals and looked at different pieces that used musical patterns. Here are some Preps playing Hot Cross Buns on percussion instruments!
In conjunction with their visual Art projects this term, Grade 3 and 4 students studied the music of the Native Americans. Students learnt a traditional Sioux tribe chant called ‘Epanay’ and worked together in groups to create their own arrangements of the song. Here are some examples:
Some strange things have been happening in the Music Room this Halloween. Grade 5/6 have embarked on their Sci-Fi unit and have encountered a very spooky (often temperamental) Theremin, thanks to a very hip Grade 5 student (thanks Violet)! This instrument is most famous for its starring role in the Doctor Who theme…
This term, Prep students will be introduced to composition by exploring pitch and other important musical elements. Students will learn how to sing then play simple melodies on tuned percussion instruments. They will deconstruct these melodies by looking at how music can be written into groups and then students will create their own melodies. Preps will also learn that instruments can be categorised into different families according to their characteristics and how they are played.
Grade 1 and 2
Boom-whacker, boom, BOOM!! This term, Grade 1 and 2 students will learn all about the percussive colourful tubes called Boomwhackers. Each tube makes its own pitch (note) when struck and they’re super fun to play! Students will learn to play short repeated patterns called ostinatos and begin looking at simple melodic patterns. They will compose their own short pieces with rhythmic patterns using musical notation. Each group will perform their pieces to the class and students will be encouraged to give feedback to their peers using correct musical terminology.
Grade 3 and 4
Tying in closely with their work in Art, Grade 3s and 4s are focusing on the music of the Native Americans. We will discover the significance of music in their culture and how it is used as an important form of storytelling. Students will learn chants from various tribes and find out about traditional instruments and how they were made. We will listen to and analyse Native American songs and discover how they are linked to other art-forms such as dance. Students will work in small groups to compose their own short piece in the musical style of a particular Native American tribe.
Grade 5 and 6
In Term 4, Grade 5/6 students will be going Back to the Future! This term is all about Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) and how composers use technology and the elements of music to create a world of chaos and mystery. Students will set upon a mini-inquiry into the Science Fiction genre and plan out their own Sci-Fi story using digital Mind Mapping tools. They will unleash their creativity and compose their own Sci-Fi music to represent their main characters using the Soundation program. We will also be listening to and analysing classic Sci-Fi music by composers such as John Williams and James Horner.
Bucket drumming is all the rage in Grades 3 and 4! Students learned how to play simple drumming pieces using buckets by reading special percussion notation. They then used this notation to compose their own bucket drumming pieces. Look at this amazing creativity!