In Term 1, 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
In Term 1, Grade 1 and 2 students will focus on exploring and composing with three key elements in music – rhythm, pitch and dynamics. They will build their knowledge of these music elements through a set of fun activities based on each element while growing their confidence and collaborative skills along the way. Students will use simple rhythmic notation and collaborate in groups to create their own Pizza Compositions to perform to the class with percussion instruments.
Grade 3 and 4
In Term 1, Grades 3 and 4 will be exploring musical elements such as rhythm, pitch and dynamics through voice, movement and body percussion. Students will learn to play rhythms through a process of speech patterns and movement and will begin developing their improvisation skills during group activities. They will learn and analyse The Cup Song by breaking down the parts of the composition that relate to both the rhythmic pattern and movement elements of the piece. They will then compose their own cup pattern using a graphic score and simple notation and arrange their pattern to create their own piece. Students will rehearse and perform their composition for the class.
Grade 5 and 6
In Term 1, Grades 5 and 6 will be taken on a rhythmical journey through body percussion and Latin American music. Students will learn how to use word phrases to play various percussion instruments and explore and create body percussion pieces through chants. They will investigate South American Samba style rhythms and get creative with improvisation. Students will have the opportunity to create their own rhythm and word phrases using movement and sound and will arrange their own Samba piece to perform to the class.
During our unit on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, Grade 1 and 2 worked on the song Belle Mama. They added the actions to the song and also practised singing it in a ’round’. Here is a sample:
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Grade 1 and 2 students worked very hard on their Animal Raps this term. Each group chose a different animal and brainstormed some words and ideas for their rap. They then had to think of rhymes that would suit their animal and write their rap using a composition template. As a class, the students chose some drum and bass loops using the GarageBand software to create a backing track for their class rap. They then had to practise along to the backing track and finally record their raps using an iPad. We even had to wear headphones like in a real recording studio!! Yo, yo…check below to hear our class animal raps and see what we got up to…
During Term 2, students in grades Prep, 1 and 2 have had the opportunity to come along to a lunchtime club once a week in the Music room called ‘Junior Jam Club’. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t actually make strawberry jam, we play music together and try different instruments we’ve never tried before. It’s so much fun!
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!