Category Archives: Music Grade 3&4

Film Composition with Grade 3/4

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!

Grade 3/4 Compositions

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:

 

Bell Biennale

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!

Exhibition Space

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!

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Music Performances

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.

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The very rainy opening ceremony. Gamelan workshop. Interactive Manga Wall. The Cherry Blossom Comment Tree. Classroom displays.

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Part 2 Javanese Dance

Following on from the previous post part 1

Like singing in a choir or playing in an ensemble, dancing with others in unison as a synchronised group, brings great pleasure. Clearly from the images below this is what the students were experiencing under the graceful guidance of Nita Hall from Asia Raya. The level of engagement was extremely high and Bell’s grade 3/4 students demonstrated excellent choreography skills whilst following Nita’s moves.

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One of the dances that the students learnt wasn’t originally from Java but from the island of Sumatra. This was called the plate dance. As the students entered the room there were pairs of small yellow and orange plates laid out on the floor. Yellow for boys and orange for girls. When the students got dressed up in the colourful costumes they looked amazing. The red horns of the headdress that the girls wore represented the buffalo commonly found on the island of Sumatra. Both boys and girls had to wear traditional Javanese sarongs with the girls wearing beautiful pink tops and red scarves. The boys accompanied the girls with bright blue shirts and black scarves to match their headdress. How amazing do they look?

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Fact: Did you know that when this dance is performed back in Indonesia that the dancers actually dance on broken plates. Nita says that this requires great skill so as to not cut their feet on the shards of broken plate. 

Watch some of the grade 3/4 students perform the Plate Dance.


The other dance that the students learnt was a penguin dance. Again after some practice, the students were able to follow Nita’s moves and their costumes were also wonderfully ornate and colourful.

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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