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!
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 practice 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
This term in Grade 1 and 2 music, it’s all about Rap! Through its origins in Hip-Hop, students will explore rhythm, rhyme and arranging. Students will be writing and recording their own Animal Raps in small groups. This will include working on composing a backing track as a class using the Garageband software. Groups will need to organise and rehearse their raps ready for the recording process. Students will also have the opportunity to listen to and analyse various nursery rhymes and raps to identify patterns in the music and understand how important rhythm and flow is in rap.
Grade 3 and 4
Yo, yo, yo…word up! Beatboxing is sooooo 2017! This year in Grades 3 and 4 it’s all about Rap and Hip-Hop! This term students will look at the Hip-Hop genre and learn specific techniques on how to rap. They will explore various rap music examples and use these to inspire them in creating their own rap. Students will use a template to help them structure their composition and will work together in a group to write and rehearse their rap using elements such as rhythm and rhyme. They will then perform and record their piece using the Garageband software.
Grade 5 and 6
Hip to the Hop and you don’t stop! This term, students in Grade 5/6 will look at the history of Hip-Hop music and its cultural significance. Students will learn various rapping skills and techniques such as the use of rhyme, slogans and ‘flow’ and will use these techniques to compose their own rap. They will be introduced to freestyle rap as a way of generating ideas for lyrics. Students will use the Garageband software to compose their backing track and record their rap. They will also need to consider the arrangement of their rap and include various elements of music in their composition.
What’s new in the music room, you ask? Well on the holidays our maintenance person was busy building a snazzy ukulele stand to store all our ukuleles and keep them nice and safe. The bonus is…they look amazing too!
In Term 1, Grade 3 and 4 students explored harmony using the percussive colourful tubes called Boomwhackers. They learnt how to build a chord and created their own compositions using a score. They then arranged and performed their compositions to the class. Here are some examples of our amazing work!
In Term One, 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
This term Grade 1 and 2 students will explore rhythmic and melodic patterns in music through the groovy books ‘Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons’ and ‘Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes’. Students will learn to sing these songs and identify the first beat in every bar as well as practice keeping a steady beat to the music. They will also compose and perform their own version of ‘Rocking in my School Shoes’ by completing a rhythmic template. Students will also learn to identify and play patterns in various nursery rhymes.
Grade 3 and 4
In Term One, Grade 3 and 4 students will be using the percussive colourful tubes called Boomwhackers to explore duration and dynamics. They will learn about time signatures by playing and singing songs that have three beats in a bar, as opposed to the conventional four beats. Students will have the opportunity to compose and perform their own Boomwhacker piece and learn to write and recognise notes in a Major scale using traditional notation. They will also experiment with simple chords and begin to understand how using these creates harmony in their piece.
Grade 5 and 6
This term Grade 5 and 6 students will be taking a groove-based approach to learning rhythmic patterns as a large whole-class ensemble. They will be exploring traditional Jamaican reggae and dancehall rhythms as well as Afro-Cuban tumbao patterns. Students will practice maintaining their part throughout the performances and explore ways to combine and extend musical ideas through improvisation. By interpreting graphic and traditional notation, students will explore different ways of communicating and expressing musical ideas using elements such as dynamics and articulation.
In Term 4, Grade 3 and 4 students had the opportunity to participate in a lunchtime Open Mic club. This club gave students the chance to practice performing songs in front of an audience, just like at a real Open Mic event. Students could come and just be an audience member if they preferred and learnt what it meant to be a good audience. We had some amazing performances!
In conjunction with their visual Art projects this term, Grade 3 and 4 students studied the music of the Native Americans. Students learnt a traditional Sioux tribe chant called ‘Epanay’ and worked together in groups to create their own arrangements of the song. Here are some examples:
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 looking at how music can be written into groups and then students will 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
Boom-whacker, boom, BOOM!! This term, Grade 1 and 2 students will learn all about the percussive colourful tubes called Boomwhackers. Each tube makes its own pitch (note) when struck and they’re super fun to play! Students will learn to play short repeated patterns called ostinatos and begin looking at simple melodic patterns. They will compose their own short pieces with rhythmic patterns using musical notation. Each group will perform their pieces to the class and students will be encouraged to give feedback to their peers using correct musical terminology.
Grade 3 and 4
Tying in closely with their work in Art, Grade 3s and 4s are focusing on the music of the Native Americans. We will discover the significance of music in their culture and how it is used as an important form of storytelling. Students will learn chants from various tribes and find out about traditional instruments and how they were made. We will listen to and analyse Native American songs and discover how they are linked to other art-forms such as dance. Students will work in small groups to compose their own short piece in the musical style of a particular Native American tribe.
Grade 5 and 6
In Term 4, Grade 5/6 students will be going Back to the Future! This term is all about Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) and how composers use technology and the elements of music to create a world of chaos and mystery. Students will set upon a mini-inquiry into the Science Fiction genre and plan out their own Sci-Fi story using digital Mind Mapping tools. They will unleash their creativity and compose their own Sci-Fi music to represent their main characters using the Soundation program. We will also be listening to and analysing classic Sci-Fi music by composers such as John Williams and James Horner.
Bucket drumming is all the rage in Grades 3 and 4! Students learned how to play simple drumming pieces using buckets by reading special percussion notation. They then used this notation to compose their own bucket drumming pieces. Look at this amazing creativity!