This term grade 3/4 students have been learning music through song, movement and performing. Here is 3/4 A singing the song ‘I’ve Got A Rhythm’. This song forms the basis of the music that the students are going to learning and ultimately perform as an ensemble using tuned and untuned percussion instruments.
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I’ve Got a Rhythm: Words by Mark Carthew and Music by Tamara O’Brien
The grade 5/6 students officially started their recording projects last week. Over the next 4-5 weeks the students will be collecting numerous sounds from around the school. These sounds will form the basis of a larger soundscape or rhythmic composition.
The learning intention of this session was to experiment with the hardware and software to discover the limitations and possibilities. The students had to work in pairs using Garageband on the iPad to record a series of sounds and see if they could loop them into a short rhythmic piece of music.
Drawing on inspiration from Visual Art with Chelsea, Grade 1/2 have created film music to describe what can be found in the desert. Sticks, Stones, Snakes, Lizards, Tumbleweeds, Dead Trees and Vast Open Spaces are just some of the things the students chose to recreate using anything and everything they could find in the music room. Some of my favourite music has been created in the desert, which is a place of seemingly infinite inspiration and mystery.
All of these soundscapes were performed live by the students while watching the accompanying video on the projector in the music room. Old school meets new school.
After having fun with exploring composition with shapes and visual patterns, Grade 3/4 decided that the best way to continue with this medium was to explore film composition. And what better film excerpts could there be than those from Disney’s Fantasia and Dumbo, two movies with fantastic music and animation! Using their class Ipad’s each 3/4 class split into four separate groups and began scoring the soundtrack for their films. The soundtracks were then performed and recorded in front of the class while watching the films on “the big screen”. An excellent level of artistic and musical maturity was demonstrated by ALL of the students involved. It was a true privilege to watch the students work on this task. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!
Inspired by the fantastic visual artworks created with Chelsea of The Northern Lights, the Preps decided that they would like to be able to represent the colours they could see with sound. Each class selected certain instruments that they played in specific ways to represent the different colours in the Aurora Borealis. After some rehearsal, they then performed these soundscapes while watching the video as I recorded their performance. I think you’ll agree that this shows great maturity and commitment for Prep classes, particularly with not making any “voice noises” while we were recording. I also think you can really hear the different personalities of all of our Prep classes in the music we hear them create. Have fun watching and listening!
Grades 3 and 4 have been exploring composition using visual patterns and shapes to inspire sounds, playing techniques and articulation on various instruments. They have also been listening to and watching orchestras perform 20th century compositions by Edgar Varese, Dmitri Shostakovich and Charles Mingus to further inspire them to create weird and wacky sounds! By using distinct shapes such as spots, stars, squiggles, splats and sharp angles, each group of students has been able to create their own unique compositions. We will be exploring this further as we delve in to film composition using acoustic instruments in the following weeks.
Please enjoy the videos of the fantastic performances below:
Here are some wonderful photos from the Bell Biennale. Thank you Mardi for taking these beautiful photos, you have really captured the night for us!
Japanese lanterns and Barong masks by Grade 3/4 students. Chinese dragon puppets and Japanese koi scrolls by Grade 5/6 students. Indian Holi elephants by Asia Art Club. Chelsea dressed up in a kimono and a few students from the junior school dressed in asian costumes!
Gamelan Ensemble by Grade 3/4 students. Chinese Luogu Ensemble by Grade 5/6 students. Grade 3/4 Bollywood Dance Club performance at the opening ceremony.
The very rainy opening ceremony. Gamelan workshop. Interactive Manga Wall. The Cherry Blossom Comment Tree. Classroom displays.
The grade 1 and 2’s have been working in whole class and small collaborative groups to compose music to a variety of stimuli. This week they have started to compose music inspired by Japanese Haiku poems. This week the students were set a task to compose a soundscape that captures the atmosphere and mood of the Haiku Gnats.
Gnats come as cloud
and then spread out over
the coolness of the pool
Please listen to a sample of these soundscapes by grade 1/2M more from the other grades will be posted when they have finished.
Chinese art and music has been the main focus for the 5/6 students in preparation for the Bell Biennale Arts Festival (Our Asian Neighbours). Last Monday grade the 5/6 students had great learning opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture when the Melbourne Chinese Museum visited the school to run three workshops. The first workshop was a Chinese language infused dance with all the grade 5/6 students. Included in some of the dance routine was also some simple Tai Chi moves.
After getting warmed up with the dance 5/6 students were ready to learn about Chinese medicine. During this session the students had a hands on experience with an interesting variety of herbs, fungi and other medicinal plants. After learning about what some of the herbs can cure the students were then given a mock patient that need help with a particular ailment. Students were then charged with the task of choosing the right recipe to make a soup that could possibly cure the ailment.
The third workshop was about making Chinese lanterns. This was a great hands on experience for the students that required a high degree of fine motor skills. As they made the lanterns they learnt why the lantern is an important symbol for luck in Chinese culture.