Category Archives: Music Prep

Ready to Rock!


In Music class, we’ve been using some of the Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) tools such as the Ready-to-Learn scale, or as we like to call it, the Ready-to-Rock scale! With one simple hand gesture, we can let Ms S know how ready we are to start creating our music. Rock on!

what’s happening in music this term?

Prep
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.

You are cordially invited to La Bellissima Festa on Friday, October 25th at 5.00pm. La Bellissima Festa welcomes the families of Bell Primary School to an unforgettable evening celebrating Italian culture through the Arts and Sport. This concert has been led by the Specialist Team and there will be dance, music and festivities provided by our very own students live on stage. Our school performance will he held on the South Oval and we encourage families to bring their own picnic and blanket to sit on. This is an alcohol-free event. Ci vediamo alla festa!

Students should arrive to the event in their costumes (you will receive a class note next week with costume information). Teachers will be supervising students just prior to going on stage and during their performance. Please note, supervision at all other times is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Family Contribution:
To cover the costs of hiring the stage and sound equipment, we are asking for a contribution of $15 per family. This can be paid through Qkr!

Important La Bellissima Festa request:
If you know your child will not be attending La Bellissima Festa at 5.00pm on Friday 25th October for any reason (eg: away on family holiday) please let us know ASAP by emailing Milica at stefanovic.milica.m@edumail.vic.gov.au by Friday 20th September so we can work around this during our rehearsals. Thank you.

Melbourne Youth Orchestra 2020 Summer School



MELBOURNE YOUTH ORCHESTRA
The Melbourne Youth Orchestra 2020 Summer School, supported by the Department of Education and Training, is now open for applications. MYO’s week-long Summer School offers many opportunities for young musicians aged 7 and up, from beginner to advanced levels. More information can be found on their website myo.org.au. Applications are now open online and close on 6 September 2019.

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 practise 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
In Term 2, Grade 1 and 2 students will be focusing on singing and movement through simple chants and songs. They will be introduced to the concept of vocal improvisation and techniques such as ‘call and response’ and will experiment with these musical ideas through interactive singing and play. Students will learn to sing West African welcome song ‘Funga Alafia’ along with the accompanying actions and body percussion parts. They will also work on performing the vocal melody on instruments such as the xylophone and metallophone.

Grade 3 and 4
In Term 2, Grade 3 and 4 students will be learning about the ukulele. They will learn how to play some simple and more complex chords through ‘call and response’ patterns. By combining downstroke and upstroke strumming, they will attempt various strumming patterns within different songs. Students will learn to play popular Australian song ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy and will work towards a class performance with a backing track. They will practise reading and following chord charts and diagrams and learn the difference between chords and a melody.

Grade 5 and 6
Good Golly Miss Molly! Term 2 for Grade 5 and 6 students is all about exploring the Blues! Through listening examples, they will learn about the history and characteristics of the Blues and how important this style of music was to the development of popular music. Students will learn how build a chord and perform a 12 Bar Blues chord progression on the keyboard, xylophone, ukulele and boomwhackers. They will work on developing their improvisation skills by building on simple melodies using the Blues scale. Students will arrange and perform their own Blues composition in small groups.

What’s happening in Music this term?

Prep
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
In Term 1, Grade 1 and 2 students will focus on exploring and composing with three key elements in music – rhythm, pitch and dynamics. They will build their knowledge of these music elements through a set of fun activities based on each element while growing their confidence and collaborative skills along the way. Students will use simple rhythmic notation and collaborate in groups to create their own Pizza Compositions to perform to the class with percussion instruments.

Grade 3 and 4
In Term 1, Grades 3 and 4 will be exploring musical elements such as rhythm, pitch and dynamics through voice, movement and body percussion. Students will learn to play rhythms through a process of speech patterns and movement and will begin developing their improvisation skills during group activities. They will learn and analyse The Cup Song by breaking down the parts of the composition that relate to both the rhythmic pattern and movement elements of the piece. They will then compose their own cup pattern using a graphic score and simple notation and arrange their pattern to create their own piece. Students will rehearse and perform their composition for the class.

Grade 5 and 6
In Term 1, Grades 5 and 6 will be taken on a rhythmical journey through body percussion and Latin American music. Students will learn how to use word phrases to play various percussion instruments and explore and create body percussion pieces through chants. They will investigate South American Samba style rhythms and get creative with improvisation. Students will have the opportunity to create their own rhythm and word phrases using movement and sound and will arrange their own Samba piece to perform to the class.

Prep Animal Soundscapes

In Term 4, Prep students explored Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories and music. They played and composed simple rhythms on the Aboriginal clap sticks and experimented with using symbols to represent long and short sounds. Preps created an animal soundscape based on the book ‘An Australian 1,2,3 of Animals’ by Indigenous Australian artist Bronwyn Bancroft. Here are some examples:

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Prep K