Category Archives: Music

What’s happening in music this term?

Prep
In Term 4, Preps will be exploring music with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus as part of a combined Arts unit. They will look at Indigenous stories, dance and song and begin understanding how all of these have a powerful connection to the land, nature and animals of Australia. Preps will work on creating an animal soundscape that connects to some of the work they will be doing in Art based on the book ‘An Australian 1,2,3 of Animals’ by Indigenous artist Bronwyn Bancroft.

Grade 1 and 2
In Term 4, Grade 1 and 2 students will be exploring the music of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as part of a combined Arts unit. They will look at traditional Indigenous instruments and learn how to sing a song from the Torres Strait Islands along with accompanying actions. Students will break up into groups and work towards a performance by singing the song as a round. They will experiment with dynamics, tempo, body percussion and movement. Students will also learn how to read and play rhythms using the clap sticks.

Grade 3 and 4
In Term 4, Grade 3 and 4 students will be exploring the music of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as part of a combined Arts unit. They will learn how to sing ‘Taba Naba’ from the Torres Strait Islands and perform this along with the accompanying ‘sit-down’ dance. Students will learn how to read and play rhythms using the clap sticks and notate their own rhythms to accompany dances. They will also experiment with movement and body percussion.

Grade 5 and 6
Grade 5 and 6 students will be exploring the music of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as part of a combined Arts unit. They will start by looking at traditional instruments and the importance of music and art in Indigenous culture. The main focus this term will be on contemporary Indigenous music. Students will analyse significant songs such as ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ and ‘My Island Home’. They will participate in student-led mini workshops on the keyboard, guitar, drums/percussion and voice and work towards arranging and performing a contemporary Indigenous song in a large ensemble.

Grade 5/6 percussion performance

In Term 3, Grade 5 and 6 students participated in an Orff-based percussion unit. The focus was on melody and performance and students learnt various parts that were put together following a specific form (structure). They rehearsed and performed the piece ‘Bounce’ as a class. Here is a video of 5/6P performing the song at the end of term assembly. Well done Grade 5/6!

Grade 1 & 2 ukulele action!

In Term 3, Grade 1 and 2 students began learning the ukulele. Students found out about the history of the instrument and explored different chords and strumming patterns. They learnt how to play the song ‘The Funky Fish’ and got to choose which parts they felt most comfortable playing. Here’s a sample of the action!

Senior Vocal Ensemble on the Arts Centre Melbourne website!

The Senior Vocal Ensemble from Bell Primary School is the first school choir to feature in the Australian Music Vault (AMV) Choir project! If you’ve been to The Arts Centre Melbourne recently you might have noticed the new permanent exhibition – the Australian Music Vault – which celebrates the achievements of Australian pop and rock music. There’s Kylie, Barnesy, Split Enz (ok, not Australian), their instruments, songlists and stories. In addition to the exhibition, the AMV has developed special education resources for schools to use to promote singing and Australian music. Bell Primary is one of the first schools in the country to make the most of this amazing opportunity. Using the AMV resources, the Senior Vocal Ensemble rehearsed and performed “Diamonds” by Sia. Their performance was excellent, so good in fact that The Arts Centre Melbourne has featured it on their website! This is an exciting opportunity for our students to make real-world connections with their learning and showcase their talents to a wider audience. Check it out for yourself! Please visit the following link to view the amazing performance:

https://www.australianmusicvault.com.au/learn/amv-choir

Melbourne Youth Orchestras

The Melbourne Youth Orchestras have just launched their 2019 Summer School Program, supported by the Victorian Department of Education and Training. MYO’s week-long Summer school offers many opportunities for young musicians aged 7 and up, from beginner to advanced levels. The full Summer School program can be explored via their website myo.org.au. Applications are now open online and close Friday 7 September 2018.

Northcote High School Concert Band performance

This week, Bell Primary students were treated to a very special performance from the Northcote High School Concert Band. Made up of Grade 7 and 8 students (and some ex-Bell students), these kids did an amazing job and also taught us a bit about some of the instruments in this band. Thanks NHS!

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OPEN MIC CLUB

During Term 3, a lunchtime Open Mic Club is held in the Music Room once a week where students from Grades 3 and 4 practice performing songs of their choice in front of an audience. Students can come and perform or just watch and enjoy the show! Some brave students have even been showcasing their own songwriting skills. Wow!

What’s happening in Music this Term?

Prep
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 identifying repeated patterns and will even 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
In Term Three, Grade 1 and 2 students will be learning all about the musical instrument, the ukulele. They will learn to name the parts of the instrument, its history and how to hold the ukulele correctly. Students will learn how to play simple chords along with various strumming patterns through ‘call and response’. By reading simple chord charts, they will work towards playing a piece in a large class ensemble along to a backing track. Students will also practice using simple music vocabulary to respond to and describe music that they listen to.

Grade 3 and 4
Please see collaborative Arts statement in Visual Arts below.

Grade 5 and 6
In Term Three, Grade 5 and 6 students will participate in an Orff-based unit using tuned and untuned percussion. This approach integrates speech, singing, movement and instruments when learning music. Students will explore body percussion and learn ways to internalise rhythms through ball activities using throwing, catching and passing. By using correct playing technique, students will learn how to play various parts to a song and will need to practice their part and work towards performing in a large ensemble.