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
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 1, 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 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.
As part of the school-wide Start-Up program, students have been exploring the school value of Creativity in Music classes. What is Creativity? How can we be creative? We talked about creative thinking and how everyone thinks in different ways. Students then completed an activity where they collected three picture cards of everyday items (e.g. table, paper clips, lego) and collaborated in small groups to solve the following problem:
A monkey has escaped from the local zoo. How will you use your 3 items to create a trap to safely return it?
We had some super creative ideas!
In Term 4, Grade 5 and 6 students brushed-up on their Bucket Drumming skills to learn an arrangement of the percussion piece titled ‘Yuck’! They learnt the parts of the piece through ‘word phrases’ and played their parts using the correct ‘left and right’ sticking patterns. Here is an example of our arrangement!
In Term 4, Preps will use literature to learn songs through stories. Movement and dance are an important part of learning about music and both help us understand pitch and rhythm. Students will experiment with movement while singing songs and will explore how drawings and symbols can represent music and sound. Preps will learn that some songs are sung for specific occasions and will also practice using simple music terminology to talk about the music they play and hear.
Grade 1 and 2
In Term 4, Grade 1 and 2 students will use movement, body percussion, speech and singing to help them learn the piece ‘Terracotta Pot’. They will begin by experimenting with the different sounds that instruments make and will learn that it’s not just conventional instruments that we can use to make music! Students will participate in an Orff-based program including workshops that encourage exploration and creativity throughout the process of learning the piece. They will work in small groups to rehearse and perform their own version of the song for the class.
Grade 3 and 4
Grade 3 and 4 students will be taking rhythm to a whole new level this term in a unit focusing on Bucket Drumming. Who knew buckets and chopsticks could be so musical! Students will participate in a series of workshops introducing them to reading drum notation while playing in small groups and as a large classroom ensemble. They will compose and notate their own rhythms and collaborate in a small group to arrange each of their individual rhythms together to make a whole composition. Groups will rehearse and perform their pieces to their peers.
Grade 5 and 6
In Term 3, Grade 5 and 6 students will learn brush-up on their Bucket Drumming skills to learn an arrangement of the percussion piece titled ‘Yuck’! They will focus on learning the parts of the piece through ‘word phrases’ and play their parts using the correct ‘left and right’ sticking patterns. Students will work in small groups to rehearse their parts and then join together as a whole class to perform the piece as a large ensemble. They will need to consider musical elements such as tempo and dynamics during the performance.
The 5/6 Rock Band and Senior Vocal Ensemble performed some amazing songs at the end-of-term assembly. Superstars in the making! Here is a sample of the rock band performing ‘Believer’ by Imagine Dragons.
Last Friday the 5/6 Rock Band performed a special lunchtime concert in the Music Room. The band designed and created a poster that they put up around the school to promote the event. There were sooooo many kids that we couldn’t fit them all in and some had to watch from outside the door! Rock and roll!!