In Term 4, Preps will use literature to learn songs through stories. Movement and dance are an important part of learning about music and both help us understand pitch and rhythm. Students will experiment with movement while singing songs and will explore how drawings and symbols can represent music and sound. Preps will learn that some songs are sung for specific occasions and will also practice using simple music terminology to talk about the music they play and hear.
Grade 1 and 2
In Term 4, Grade 1 and 2 students will use movement, body percussion, speech and singing to help them learn the piece ‘Terracotta Pot’. They will begin by experimenting with the different sounds that instruments make and will learn that it’s not just conventional instruments that we can use to make music! Students will participate in an Orff-based program including workshops that encourage exploration and creativity throughout the process of learning the piece. They will work in small groups to rehearse and perform their own version of the song for the class.
Grade 3 and 4
Grade 3 and 4 students will be taking rhythm to a whole new level this term in a unit focusing on Bucket Drumming. Who knew buckets and chopsticks could be so musical! Students will participate in a series of workshops introducing them to reading drum notation while playing in small groups and as a large classroom ensemble. They will compose and notate their own rhythms and collaborate in a small group to arrange each of their individual rhythms together to make a whole composition. Groups will rehearse and perform their pieces to their peers.
Grade 5 and 6
In Term 3, Grade 5 and 6 students will learn brush-up on their Bucket Drumming skills to learn an arrangement of the percussion piece titled ‘Yuck’! They will focus on learning the parts of the piece through ‘word phrases’ and play their parts using the correct ‘left and right’ sticking patterns. Students will work in small groups to rehearse their parts and then join together as a whole class to perform the piece as a large ensemble. They will need to consider musical elements such as tempo and dynamics during the performance.
The 5/6 Rock Band and Senior Vocal Ensemble performed some amazing songs at the end-of-term assembly. Superstars in the making! Here is a sample of the rock band performing ‘Believer’ by Imagine Dragons.
Last Friday the 5/6 Rock Band performed a special lunchtime concert in the Music Room. The band designed and created a poster that they put up around the school to promote the event. There were sooooo many kids that we couldn’t fit them all in and some had to watch from outside the door! Rock and roll!!
You are cordially invited to La Bellissima Festa on Friday, October 25th at 5.00pm. La Bellissima Festa welcomes the families of Bell Primary School to an unforgettable evening celebrating Italian culture through the Arts and Sport. This concert has been led by the Specialist Team and there will be dance, music and festivities provided by our very own students live on stage. Our school performance will he held on the South Oval and we encourage families to bring their own picnic and blanket to sit on. This is an alcohol-free event. Ci vediamo alla festa!
Students should arrive to the event in their costumes (you will receive a class note next week with costume information). Teachers will be supervising students just prior to going on stage and during their performance. Please note, supervision at all other times is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
To cover the costs of hiring the stage and sound equipment, we are asking for a contribution of $15 per family. This can be paid through Qkr!
Important La Bellissima Festa request:
If you know your child will not be attending La Bellissima Festa at 5.00pm on Friday 25th October for any reason (eg: away on family holiday) please let us know ASAP by emailing Milica at email@example.com by Friday 20th September so we can work around this during our rehearsals. Thank you.
This term, students from Grades 3 and 4 have had the opportunity to come along to Open Mic club one lunchtime a week. This is a club set-up to give students that are interested in music or any performing arts area (we’ve had dance and even some comedy routines) a chance to build their confidence and try new things in front of an audience. Students can participate in Open Mic club by performing or just come along as an audience member and enjoy the show!
MELBOURNE YOUTH ORCHESTRA
The Melbourne Youth Orchestra 2020 Summer School, supported by the Department of Education and Training, is now open for applications. MYO’s week-long Summer School offers many opportunities for young musicians aged 7 and up, from beginner to advanced levels. More information can be found on their website myo.org.au. Applications are now open online and close on 6 September 2019.
In Term 2, Grade 5 and 6 students explored the style of music known as the Blues. We learnt how to play a 12-Bar-Blues chord pattern and experimented with improvisation using the Blues Scale. Here is a sample of our Blues arrangements.
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!
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.