Category Archives: Music Grade 1&2

Grade 1 and 2 – Funga Alafia

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.

What’s happening in Music this term?

Prep
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 practise 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
In Term 2, Grade 1 and 2 students will be focusing on singing and movement through simple chants and songs. They will be introduced to the concept of vocal improvisation and techniques such as ‘call and response’ and will experiment with these musical ideas through interactive singing and play. Students will learn to sing West African welcome song ‘Funga Alafia’ along with the accompanying actions and body percussion parts. They will also work on performing the vocal melody on instruments such as the xylophone and metallophone.

Grade 3 and 4
In Term 2, Grade 3 and 4 students will be learning about the ukulele. They will learn how to play some simple and more complex chords through ‘call and response’ patterns. By combining downstroke and upstroke strumming, they will attempt various strumming patterns within different songs. Students will learn to play popular Australian song ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy and will work towards a class performance with a backing track. They will practise reading and following chord charts and diagrams and learn the difference between chords and a melody.

Grade 5 and 6
Good Golly Miss Molly! Term 2 for Grade 5 and 6 students is all about exploring the Blues! Through listening examples, they will learn about the history and characteristics of the Blues and how important this style of music was to the development of popular music. Students will learn how build a chord and perform a 12 Bar Blues chord progression on the keyboard, xylophone, ukulele and boomwhackers. They will work on developing their improvisation skills by building on simple melodies using the Blues scale. Students will arrange and perform their own Blues composition in small groups.

Grade 1 and 2 Pizza Compositions

Grade 1 and 2 students have been working hard this term learning how to write music notation and rhythms to create their own compositions based on…PIZZA! They chose rhythms to create a musical document called a ‘score’, then they arranged their composition and rehearsed it before performing it to the class. They even added loud and soft sounds to the score called ‘dynamics’. Check out these examples:

1B

1G

1K

1R

2A

2M

2S

What’s happening in Music this term?

Prep
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.

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 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!

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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