Category Archives: Music Grade 3&4

Javanese Gamelan and Dance Comes To Bell (Part 1)

As part of the ongoing learning for the Bell Biennale Arts Festival “Our Asian Neighbours”, the grade 3&4 students were were treated to an amazing incursion on Thursday. Aaron and Nita Hall from Asia Raya travelled all the way from Bendigo with a complete Javanese Gamelan ensemble and dance costumes. What is a Gamelan? I hear you ask. Wikipedia pretty much nails it:

“Gamelan is traditional ensemble music of Java and Bali in Indonesia, made up predominantly of percussive instruments. The most common instruments are metallophones played by mallets as well as a set of hand played drums called kendang which register the beat (Wikipedia).”

The Javanese gamelan is mostly made up of six types of percussion instruments.
Saron

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Gong Kempul

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Kethuk

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Kenong

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Bonang

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Kendang

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When all these instruments are played at the same time the gamelan produces very impressive and loud sound. Yet simultaneously producing a calm and relaxed feeling because of the the nature of the harmony and pentatonic like scale.

The large size of the the ensemble means that everyone gets to have a go at playing an instrument and through several rotations the students were able to have a go of all the instruments.  Aaron explained that the gamelan at a beginning level is very accessible and the first songs can be learnt by students from a young age. Each part plays an equally important role in the ensemble. However, the main melody that the students learnt and was followed by the rest of the ensemble was played by the Saron. Bell students were able to learn quickly these melodies drawing on their previous knowledge of playing metallophones and what they had learnt about Javanese gamelan in class. The main melody followed a repeated pattern of hitting the notes on the Saron marked 5,6,5,6,2,1,2,1.  Aaron was very excited to see that Bell students learn the difficult Kenong and Bonang part easily. This part required the player to play their notes on what is called the ‘Off Beat’ or better described as the in between beats. The Gong Kempul required three students to play it. Once the first group had learnt the part they then became the pointers for the next group of pointers. Aaron was able to split the Kendang part into 4 separate drum parts. The Kendang is responsible for holding and directing the tempo of the ensemble.

To experience actually playing a real life gamelan was an incredible learning opportunity for Bell students. This incursion has been invaluable in allowing the student construct their knowledge about the Javanese gamelan. Which will hopefully be put to good use when the 3/4 students begin to compose their own Javanese inspired compositions.

Please make sure that you are one of our subscribers so that you will get a notification of when Part 2 will be posted. Part 2 will look at the wonderful Javanese Dance that the students were engaged with.

3/4 Have Got Rhythm And Some Melody Too!

This term grade 3/4 students have been working on whole class ensemble skills. Its been a step by step process where the students first learn to sing the song ‘I’ve Got A Rhythm‘. These is done through call and response and includes body percussion. The students are also given an opportunity to improvise rhythms using rhythm sticks. When the melody of the song has been embodied and the students are comfortable with the rhythm they then move onto tuned percussion instruments to form a whole class Orff based ensemble. The melody is first divided into two parts so it is easily learnt. This way the students experience instant success. Gradually the drums and additional base line is introduced and the students are then given an opportunity to improvise using a pentatonic scale.

Below you can view each class perform their version of I’ve got a rhythm. If you like what you hear please leave a comment.

3/4 O Ensemble

3/4 E Ensemble

3/4 X Ensemble

3/4M Haunted House And Character Compositions

This term grade 3&4 students have been adopting the role of composers. Their brief was to compose a number of short compositions that would ‘bring to life’ a character that they designed as well as their Tim Burton inspired ‘Haunted House’ and characters. To do this the students would learn to use a complex web based music creation tool Soundation.com. Soundation provides a palette of over 700 pre recorded sound samples. These consist of melodic, rhythmic and soundscape sounds. Soundation gives students agency over their creative ideas. They are able to experience success through arranging the numerous loops into a piece of music or soundscape that adds to the characterisation and atmosphere of their art work. To get more of an idea how Soundation works please go to the website and have a go. I am sure you will be amazed.

Evie-and-Pheobe-song-Tim-Burton

 

Fred-hugo

 

Amelias-song

 

Evie-and-Pheobe-song-Supper-Rocky

 

Vyomikaa’s-song

 

zorolac-the-brave-leon-xavier

 

maxes-scary-song

 

mitch-evil

 

 

Alex-Damon-scary house

 

Alex-Damon

 

Haunted-Hugo-Leon

 

Haunted-Riley

 

Murder-Man-Mitch

 

Tim Burton Character Evie and Teagan

Grade 3/4 Students Adopting The Role OF DJ’s Through Incredibox

Incredibox.com is a fabulous online music creation tool. Using pre recorded loops it allows the students to adopt the role of DJ’s. This week grades 3/4 Bell PS students were set a task to arrange and compose a piece of music. They really needed to think about how to structure their music so that it made sense musically and not just some random number of loops. Before the students could record their song they needed to rehearse it so that they knew exactly when to bring in each part. Please click on the urls below to listen to some wonderful student creativity. And if you are moved by what you hear please post a comment. Perhaps you would like to go onto incredibox.com yourself and record your own song and post the url in the comment box to share with the students.

Shen

http://www.incredibox.com/5418CE51669B9-V3

Sean

http://www.incredibox.com/5418CD808C7A2-V3

Chloe & Nat

http://www.incredibox.com/5418CBA71C139-V3

Thomas

http://www.incredibox.com/5418CA97DF7BC-V3

Aiden

http://www.incredibox.com/5418CB1076F52-V3

Gareth

http://www.incredibox.com/5418CAA7C9379

Tali, Chloe, Nat

http://www.incredibox.com/5418CA214CF34-V3

Thomas M

http://www.incredibox.com/5418C93FC0867-V3

Shen

http://www.incredibox.com/5418C98A350FB

Oscar

http://www.incredibox.com/5418C92979336-V3

Felix Cw and Felix B

http://www.incredibox.com/5418DA38536B6-V3

Lydia

http://www.incredibox.com/5418D96CC1E02-V3

Kayla

http://www.incredibox.com/5418D6E20DA19-V3

Charlotte & Eve’s

http://www.incredibox.com/5418D71F4679F-V3

Joel & Romy

http://www.incredibox.com/5418D5D6B49F4-V3

Audrey and Evie

http://www.incredibox.com/5418D7385AB62-V3

Felix Cw and Felix B

http://www.incredibox.com/5418D61A279F5-V3

Ella G

http://www.incredibox.com/5418D6440A4F0-V3

Sean

http://www.incredibox.com/5418C8DAB0B86

Ayesha

http://www.incredibox.com/5418C8DE72CE6-V3

3/4X Haunted House And Character Compositions (2014)

This term grade 3&4 students have been adopting the role of composers. Their brief was to compose a number of short compositions that would ‘bring to life’ a character that they designed as well as their Tim Burton inspired ‘Haunted House’ and characters. To do this the students would learn to use a complex web based music creation tool Soundation.com. Soundation provides a palette of over 700 pre recorded sound samples. These consist of melodic, rhythmic and soundscape sounds. Soundation gives students agency over their creative ideas. They are able to experience success through arranging the numerous loops into a piece of music or soundscape that adds to the characterisation and atmosphere of their art work. To get more of an idea how Soundation works please go to the website and have a go. I am sure you will be amazed.

 

Darkness Falls Haunted House Sarah Maeve

 

the-wav-by-ed

 

 

The-Haunted-House Max-and-Thomas

 

 

Sam-Alister-Experiment

 

 

 

Queen-Elfana-Queen-of-medi-evil-times-maeve

 

 

mr.stupid2 Max Thomas

 

Mia-BOO

 

 

Lola Beth Haunted House

 

 

Johnny Gat

 

 

Imy Leila Freaky-Zommie2

 

 

Haunted House Edward

 

 

Frank-N.-Stines-at-his-last-stand

 

emile-vas-johnny-gat

 

Edward.t.r

 

 

DOWN-FALL

 

 

Crestomancy-Edward-Albert

 

3/4O Haunted House And Character Compositions

This term grade 3&4 students have been adopting the role of composers. Their brief was to compose a number of short compositions that would ‘bring to life’ a character that they designed as well as their Tim Burton inspired ‘Haunted House’ and characters. To do this the students would learn to use a complex web based music creation tool Soundation.com. Soundation provides a palette of over 700 pre recorded sound samples. These consist of melodic, rhythmic and soundscape sounds. Soundation gives students agency over their creative ideas. They are able to experience success through arranging the numerous loops into a piece of music or soundscape that adds to the characterisation and atmosphere of their art work. To get more of an idea how Soundation works please go to the website and have a go. I am sure you will be amazed.

Maddy-and-Rahima-Leila-song

 

Ninas-TB-song

 

not-so-spooky-house-by-sean

 

romy-and-tom-spooky-house-Song

 

Romy_Mitchel

 

mr-unicorn-by-sean-tim-b

 

litara-tim-burton

 

Maddy-and-Rahima-ghost-story

 

Tim-Burton-Hippie-Rockflower-Rahima

 

tom-and-romy-xorden

 

shens-haunted-house

 

spooky-house

 

toms-tim-burton-song

 

Tom+Aimees-spooky-house

 

Aimee-Sophia-Sarah

 

S-Ss-haunted-house-number-2

 

S+Ss-tim-burton-music

 

Big-small-eye-joes-pop-song

 

Barf-by-Oscar-T.B

 

Lewis-and-Vasco-creapy-house

 

Lewis-and-Vasco-weird-character

 

Thomas-and-Aimee-Haunted-House

 

Aidans-haunted-house-

 

chloe-and-nat-spooky-house

 

hounted-house-by-tom-and-romy

 

Oscars-haunted-house

 

romy-and-tom-spooky-house-Song

 

B.C-song-

 

Gareth-spooky-house

 

3/4E Haunted House And Character Compositions

This term grade 3&4 students have been adopting the role of composers. Their brief was to compose a number of short compositions that would ‘bring to life’ a character that they designed as well as their Tim Burton inspired ‘Haunted House’ and characters. To do this the students would learn to use a complex web based music creation tool Soundation.com. Soundation provides a palette of over 700 pre recorded sound samples. These consist of melodic, rhythmic and soundscape sounds. Soundation gives students agency over their creative ideas. They are able to experience success through arranging the numerous loops into a piece of music or soundscape that adds to the characterisation and atmosphere of their art work. To get more of an idea how Soundation works please go to the website and have a go. I am sure you will be amazed.

 

Boy-T.B-Gold

 

Cherry-and-Charlottes-COOL-Song

 

curlyfaceSong2

 

Dean-and-Caelen-tim-burton

 

Ella-v.-R.

 

Ella-van-Raaltes

 

 

Ella-Vinten-Cassidy

 

 

Elliot-and-Daniels-evil-kittens-98-song

 

evans-romys-awsomes-songs

 

EVANS-ROMYS-TB

 

Eve-Carvin-Clerhead

 

Evie+Audrey-Kreelan

 

Evie Audrey Haunting Your Face

 

Evie Audrey Spooky

 

Felix-and-Felix-Bs-splash-poitions-scifi-2

 

Felix-and-FelixBs-haunted-house-song

 

Felix-B-TB-Character

 

Felixstbcharacter-Song

 

George-ggggttttGT

 

Goldie-Dunstones-spooky-house-music-

 

Goldie-Dunstones-spooky-house-

 

Goldies-T.B-

 

Kayla-Ellas-haunted-house-song

 

lydia-guzowski

 

lydia-mia-Serrane-the-terrible

 

Mia-Ds-T.B-character-Annabella-Spider-face

 

Scarlet-Black-EllaG-+-KaylaVC

 

Sean+Joel-scary-song

 

Smiley-doc-Liam-K-and-Felix

Term 3 In Music

Prep

Exploring Pitch

In Term 3 Prep students will be exploring pitch. Using body movement, voice and tuned percussion instruments, preps will be looking at the role that pitch plays in music. The students will be engaging in a number of games and activities that will help students achieve a deeper understanding of how pitch works.

Grade 1/2 

What’s The Story? Hip Hop and Rhyme:

Grade 1&2 students will be digging deeper into the concepts of rhythm and rhyme. Drawing on their prior knowledge of rhythm and beat from last semester, grade 1&2 students will be exploring rhyme and meter through the musical genre Rap and Hip Hop. The students will then be creating their own Raps and Hip Hop backing track. These creative opportunities will link in with the artists as illustrators focus in art looking at Dr Seuss.

Grades 3/4

Atmospheric Music Using Technology

Drawing from their prior knowledge of film music the grade 3/4 students will be adopting the role of composers to create pieces of music that help portray a certain atmosphere of a particular scene and characterisation. Using music creation software and other technologies students will be working collaboratively to compose a series of short compositions. These compositions will link in with the ‘Artists’ as illustrators work that they will be undertaking in art. Student finished artefacts will be published on the Arts@Bell Blog.

Grades 5/6

Inquiry Into the relationship between materials, sound and aesthetic to create a performance.

This is an exciting term for the Year 5s and 6s and their specialist lessons. Music and Visual Art will be fused to create an in-depth Sound Art Inquiry Project that will span the entirety of Term Three. The students will create sound sculptures and through exploration will develop an understanding of the relationship between sound and sculpture. Through collaboration, individual work, digital-portfolios and culminating in a performance at the end of the term, the students will explore the way in which the line between music and art can be blurred to create a hybrid work of art.

Melodic Ostinato and Improvisation

The grade 3 & 4’s have been learning about ostinati (short repeated rhythmic or melodic pattern) as well as improvisation. Over the past couple of lessons the students have been learning a short melodic otinato on xylophones and metalophones that will accompany their improvisations. For last weeks ‘See, Think, Wonder’ musical analysis we looked at the fabulous Bobby McFerrin’s vocal improvisation

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Welcome


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Welcome Parents, Teachers, Guardians, Grandparents, Friends and of course the stars of the blog, the Students!

This blog is a way to share the wonderful artwork and music that the students have created at Bell P.S. Sometimes you might like to see what students are doing in other year levels different from your own child’s or you may just be curious to see what your child is up to in music or the art room. This blog is a facilitator for just that and will keep you up-to-date with your child’s artistic education.

This blog will operate as an online gallery and will be updated as students finish their works and also during the process of work. So, it would be wise to save this page as a bookmark on your computer so you never miss a post!

We are delighted to share the artwork and music of Bell Primary School’s students with you all and we hope you enjoy celebrating their artistic successes.

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– Andrew (music) and Chelsea (art)