Students in Grades Prep, 1 and 2 have had the opportunity this Term of participating in a lunchtime Jam Club in the Music Room on Thursdays. Students can come along and try instruments that they’ve never played before such as the drum kit, electric guitar and ukulele. They form small groups and ‘jam’ on musical ideas and express their creative side. It has proven to be a very popular club!
In Term 3, 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 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 3, Grade 1 and 2 students will use movement, body percussion, speech and singing to help them learn percussion music. They will begin 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 with! Students will participate in workshops that encourage exploration and creativity by using learned parts and expressing them in their own unique way. Working towards a whole class performance will help students understand the process of rehearsal and learning to overcome the challenges of working in a large ensemble.
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 the process of learning and playing in small groups and as a large classroom ensemble. They will focus on different rhythm patterns, demonstrate their playing and stick technique, rehearse in groups and perform as a class. Students will practice using correct music terminology when describing their performance and will be encouraged to use feedback from their peers and teacher to refine their performance. They will also practice giving feedback to other groups including making suggestions on how to improve their performance.
Grade 5 and 6
Pack your bags and get your passports ready! This term Grade 5 and 6 students are travelling around the world to explore music from different cultures. Students will analyse and perform music from various countries. They will learn about traditional instrumentation and use scales specific to those cultures to write simple melodies and develop their improvisation skills. Drawing on world music influences, students will have the opportunity to compose short pieces using their developing knowledge of these cultural styles. They will also practice describing the music they listen to, play and compose using correct music terminology.
We were soooooo excited to finally see Mal Webb perform his musical magic at Bell Primary School! We learned about how the voice can be used to produce many different sounds, some beatboxing techniques and tricks, and how to record sound with a loop pedal.
Mal Webb is awesome because he can make all these cool noises! – Ryder
I like Mal Webb because he did lots of cool loop recorder stuff. – Ilium
I thought Mal Webb was really cool because he could turn a really random boring sentence into an amazing song! – Lachlan
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 build on their ability to name and recognise the sound of common instruments used in the classroom.
Grade 1 and 2
During Term 2, students in Grades 1 and 2 will investigate the difference between beat and rhythm. They will be introduced to simple rhythmic notation and repeated patterns called ostinatos. Students will use these simple rhythms and collaborate in groups to create their own compositions to perform to the class on their self-selected percussion instruments. They will also explore pitch, melody and dynamics by singing melodic patterns and learning specific techniques using mallets to play tuned percussion instruments through class songs.
Grade 3 and 4
Yo, yo, yo…check 1, 2…Grades 3 and 4 are in the house gearing up for some hip-hop beatbox styling! Term 2 continues on from our body percussion and rhythmic unit focus by adding pitch and timbre elements through simple beatboxing techniques. Students will arrange speech syllables to create their own simple compositions to perform to the class. They will also learn basic ukulele techniques such as playing chords, strumming patterns and simple improvisation. Students will play various songs by reading chord charts and will work towards performing a class song.
Grade 5 and 6
In Term 2, students in Grades 5 and 6 will be tuning their guitars and turning up their amps as they get ready to rock! I’m very excited to be introducing the Musical Futures ‘Just Play’ approach to learning where students take a practical and hands on approach to their music making. They will develop skills on various band instruments such as guitar, bass, ukulele, keyboard and drum kit and experience performing in large ensembles. Students will read and follow basic chord charts and have the opportunity to play simple improvised solos along to musical accompaniment. They will learn about the instruments in a band and the roles they perform. They will practice giving constructive feedback to each other using appropriate musical terminology.
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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 be focusing on singing and movement through simple chants and songs. They will be introduced to the concept of vocal improvisation through pitch and melody and will have the opportunity to experiment with these musical ideas through interactive singing and play. Students will be exposed to music from various cultures and learn techniques such as ‘call and response’. Students will also engage in various audio/visual activities in working towards developing their music analysis skills.
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, body percussion and various percussion instruments. Students will learn simple drumming pieces through a process of rhythmical speech patterns, moving to body percussion and playing various hand percussion instruments. They will begin developing their improvisation skills with hands-on group activities. Students will also have the opportunity to compose short percussive pieces and perform them to the class.
Grade 5 and 6
In Term 1, Grades 5 and 6 will be taken on a rhythmical journey through body percussion and instrumental sounds. 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 junk percussion. Students will have the opportunity to create their own rhythm and word phrases using movement and sound and will arrange their own pieces to perform to the class.
I’m very excited about my move to the Specialist Team to take on the role of Music teacher this year. I already know many of you in the Bell community and have had the pleasure of teaching some of your children here over the past few years, but for those of you I haven’t met, allow me to introduce myself…
My name is Milica (pronounced ‘Mili-tsa’) and I am known throughout the school as Ms S. This is my fifth year teaching at Bell, previously in the classroom. I have an extensive background in music and performance and hold an honours degree in Music. I’ve performed, recorded and toured all around Australia and overseas – from dingy bars in London to the Sydney Opera House and Woodford Folk Festival. My first overseas tour was to Japan at the age of 16 years playing bass guitar. So you could say I have long had a passion for music! I have run the Grade 5/6 Band at Bell for many years and now look forward to further developing the school music program.
To get the year off to a good start, the music room has been revamped. Special thanks to P.E teacher Josh for his handyman skills. Here’s a sneak peek!
Drawing on inspiration from Visual Art with Chelsea, Grade 1/2 have created film music to describe what can be found in the desert. Sticks, Stones, Snakes, Lizards, Tumbleweeds, Dead Trees and Vast Open Spaces are just some of the things the students chose to recreate using anything and everything they could find in the music room. Some of my favourite music has been created in the desert, which is a place of seemingly infinite inspiration and mystery.
All of these soundscapes were performed live by the students while watching the accompanying video on the projector in the music room. Old school meets new school.
Inspired by the fantastic visual artworks created with Chelsea of The Northern Lights, the Preps decided that they would like to be able to represent the colours they could see with sound. Each class selected certain instruments that they played in specific ways to represent the different colours in the Aurora Borealis. After some rehearsal, they then performed these soundscapes while watching the video as I recorded their performance. I think you’ll agree that this shows great maturity and commitment for Prep classes, particularly with not making any “voice noises” while we were recording. I also think you can really hear the different personalities of all of our Prep classes in the music we hear them create. Have fun watching and listening!