Bell Primary School students were lucky enough to be visited by three of Australia’s top emcees (rappers) this week as part of the Hip-Hop/Rap unit in Music in Term 2. Grey Ghost, Mantra and Class A held workshops to teach students from Prep to Grade 6 how to use rhythm and rhyme to create their own raps. Here is some of what happened!
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 also look at rhythm and rhyme in simple chants and raps.
Grade 1 and 2
This term in Grade 1 and 2 music, it’s all about Rap! Through its origins in Hip-Hop, students will explore rhythm, rhyme and arranging. Students will be writing and recording their own Animal Raps in small groups. This will include working on composing a backing track as a class using the Garageband software. Groups will need to organise and rehearse their raps ready for the recording process. Students will also have the opportunity to listen to and analyse various nursery rhymes and raps to identify patterns in the music and understand how important rhythm and flow is in rap.
Grade 3 and 4
Yo, yo, yo…word up! Beatboxing is sooooo 2017! This year in Grades 3 and 4 it’s all about Rap and Hip-Hop! This term students will look at the Hip-Hop genre and learn specific techniques on how to rap. They will explore various rap music examples and use these to inspire them in creating their own rap. Students will use a template to help them structure their composition and will work together in a group to write and rehearse their rap using elements such as rhythm and rhyme. They will then perform and record their piece using the Garageband software.
Grade 5 and 6
Hip to the Hop and you don’t stop! This term, students in Grade 5/6 will look at the history of Hip-Hop music and its cultural significance. Students will learn various rapping skills and techniques such as the use of rhyme, slogans and ‘flow’ and will use these techniques to compose their own rap. They will be introduced to freestyle rap as a way of generating ideas for lyrics. Students will use the Garageband software to compose their backing track and record their rap. They will also need to consider the arrangement of their rap and include various elements of music in their composition.
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