Category Archives: Music Prep

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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What’s happening in Music this Term?

Prep
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 identifying repeated patterns and will even 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
In Term Three, Grade 1 and 2 students will be learning all about the musical instrument, the ukulele. They will learn to name the parts of the instrument, its history and how to hold the ukulele correctly. Students will learn how to play simple chords along with various strumming patterns through ‘call and response’. By reading simple chord charts, they will work towards playing a piece in a large class ensemble along to a backing track. Students will also practice using simple music vocabulary to respond to and describe music that they listen to.

Grade 3 and 4
Please see collaborative Arts statement in Visual Arts below.

Grade 5 and 6
In Term Three, Grade 5 and 6 students will participate in an Orff-based unit using tuned and untuned percussion. This approach integrates speech, singing, movement and instruments when learning music. Students will explore body percussion and learn ways to internalise rhythms through ball activities using throwing, catching and passing. By using correct playing technique, students will learn how to play various parts to a song and will need to practice their part and work towards performing in a large ensemble.

Junior Jam Club

During Term 2, students in grades Prep, 1 and 2 have had the opportunity to come along to a lunchtime club once a week in the Music room called ‘Junior Jam Club’. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t actually make strawberry jam, we play music together and try different instruments we’ve never tried before. It’s so much fun!


Hip-Hop Incursion

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!

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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 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.

PREP and Grade 6 impromptu concert!

During our Grade 5/6 Senior Vocal Ensemble session today (Grade 5 students were on an excursion) we had an impromptu visit from Prep J and Prep L. The Preps were treated to a concert by the Grade 6 singers! And the Preps even got to show the Grade 6 students some of their singing too! What a great learning experience and a wonderful opportunity for an authentic audience.