Category Archives: Music Prep

What’s The Score?

During term 4 prep students will be applying their musical knowledge gained over the year to instruments and symbols. Prep students will explore the relationship between sound and symbols. That is, how sound can be represented as symbols that can then be documented for others to perform. Here prep students will need to draw on their knowledge of dynamics (louds and softs), tempo (fast and slow), pitch (high and low) as well as timbre (the sound quality an instrument makes) and unleash their creativity to compose short whole class compositions. Towards the end of the term preps will also engage in some merriment through song as the excitement of Christmas draws near.

 

Exploring The Highs And Lows Of Pitch

As part of the prep exploration of pitch, the preps have been learning the song 5 little Frogs. The song is about frogs jumping around and accidentally falling down a well. Being or rather acting like frogs allows the students to jump high to match the pitch of the song or fall down low. As you can see we have some rather high jumpers.

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Term 3 In Music

Prep

Exploring Pitch

In Term 3 Prep students will be exploring pitch. Using body movement, voice and tuned percussion instruments, preps will be looking at the role that pitch plays in music. The students will be engaging in a number of games and activities that will help students achieve a deeper understanding of how pitch works.

Grade 1/2 

What’s The Story? Hip Hop and Rhyme:

Grade 1&2 students will be digging deeper into the concepts of rhythm and rhyme. Drawing on their prior knowledge of rhythm and beat from last semester, grade 1&2 students will be exploring rhyme and meter through the musical genre Rap and Hip Hop. The students will then be creating their own Raps and Hip Hop backing track. These creative opportunities will link in with the artists as illustrators focus in art looking at Dr Seuss.

Grades 3/4

Atmospheric Music Using Technology

Drawing from their prior knowledge of film music the grade 3/4 students will be adopting the role of composers to create pieces of music that help portray a certain atmosphere of a particular scene and characterisation. Using music creation software and other technologies students will be working collaboratively to compose a series of short compositions. These compositions will link in with the ‘Artists’ as illustrators work that they will be undertaking in art. Student finished artefacts will be published on the Arts@Bell Blog.

Grades 5/6

Inquiry Into the relationship between materials, sound and aesthetic to create a performance.

This is an exciting term for the Year 5s and 6s and their specialist lessons. Music and Visual Art will be fused to create an in-depth Sound Art Inquiry Project that will span the entirety of Term Three. The students will create sound sculptures and through exploration will develop an understanding of the relationship between sound and sculpture. Through collaboration, individual work, digital-portfolios and culminating in a performance at the end of the term, the students will explore the way in which the line between music and art can be blurred to create a hybrid work of art.

Voice City Sounds With Prep G

Continuing on from last weeks focus on exploring sound and various sound colours (timbre) the preps this week applied their knowledge and creativity to this image depicting the sounds of a city. Leading up to this the students listened too and analysed a fantastic piece called “The Little Train Of Caipira” by Villa Lobos. The music describes traveling through the Brazilian mountains on a steam train. Then the students in small groups were given a copy of the City Sounds and set a task to come up with various voice sounds to match the sounds depicted on the image. After a whole class discussion on which sounds would better suit each of the objects. I then conducted the students through the performance.  See below for Prep G’s performance.

The Wheels (Preps) On The Bus

Last week the preps were exploring sound with instruments and song through an old favourite ‘The Wheels On The Bus’ . After listening to and singing the song, the students had to then think carefully about changing their voice to suit the sound colour (timbre) of the thing on the bus. Eg If the Wheels could sing what would they sound like. Preps being preps, there were some interesting interpretations. Levelling up the student then had to choose and instrument that also matched the timbre of their voice to support the sound of the song. Please enjoy Prep R’s performance below.

Prep C

Talk About… Prep Music… Talk About… Prep Music

Preps have been dancing and singing up a storm in music over the past couple of weeks. It all started out when we decided to turn ‘Bananas, Bananas’ into a rocking partner dance with a twist at the end (although most of the students preferred to jump). We quickly progressed to our new favourite song ‘Clap, Clap Your Hands’. In this tune the students with their partners and to dance to a series of movements that included pressing noses and taping chins in time to the music.

After that we progressed to combining some singing with instruments to ‘We Can All Play In The Biggest Band’. Here the students learnt the song and then divided into groups where they were given the chance to rotate through the various instruments. The students loved being given the chance to play their instruments as a whole band whilst singing the song.

Last week’s musical analysis using the thinking routine ‘See (Listen), Think, Wonder’ the students watched Music From A Dry Cleaner… Here there were lots of thinking and wondering about how the musician created music from machines. This followed on perfectly from the previous weeks analysis of Music From A Tree.

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Biggest Band

 

 

Welcome


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Welcome Parents, Teachers, Guardians, Grandparents, Friends and of course the stars of the blog, the Students!

This blog is a way to share the wonderful artwork and music that the students have created at Bell P.S. Sometimes you might like to see what students are doing in other year levels different from your own child’s or you may just be curious to see what your child is up to in music or the art room. This blog is a facilitator for just that and will keep you up-to-date with your child’s artistic education.

This blog will operate as an online gallery and will be updated as students finish their works and also during the process of work. So, it would be wise to save this page as a bookmark on your computer so you never miss a post!

We are delighted to share the artwork and music of Bell Primary School’s students with you all and we hope you enjoy celebrating their artistic successes.

Please use the categories listed in the right hand sidebar to find grade related posts eg: If you are looking for Prep Art you can select the category “Art Prep” and you will then see all the latest posts of the Preps enjoying art.

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– Andrew (music) and Chelsea (art)

Being Conductors

Preps Go Bananas! The preps have been amazing considering we are only 3 weeks into school. A highlight has been Rhythm Detectives and the ‘Hello’ Song. However, their favourite song has to be Banana’s

Over the first couple of weeks  grade 1 and 2 students had the opportunity to conduct he class ‘Gibberish’ orchestra. Using green for start and red for stop they were able to control the orchestra. The conductors also had signs that read ‘opera’, ‘mouse’, ‘slow motion’, ‘fast motion’. This added another dimension to the Gibberish orchestra allowing the student who were conductors to use their creative thinking to create interesting sounds.

The grade 3 and 4’s have been enjoying their drama and musical games as well as the new vocal warm up tongue twisters. They have also begun to learn a new song ‘Wake Up’ which, I have to say, was sung beautifully at this mornings assemble after only learning it last week.

Grade 5&6’s have begun their exploration of Science Fiction.  Last week the students activated and shared  their prior knowledge around the theme of Sci Fi. This week the students will be engaging in a mini inquiry so that they have the necessary background knowledge to then begin their planning of their Sci Fi narrative of which they will then compose music for.

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Let The Music Begin!

Wow! It’s been a fabulous start to the beginning of the school year that is Music@Bell 2014. The students have been involved in a myriad of drama games, rhythm games, singing games and songs. Its so great to go over and especially teach some old favourites to the new preps. The students have loved games such as Rhythm Detectives , Concentration Elimination, Heads Up and everyone’s favourite Pass The Beat Around the room.

The grade 3-6’s were extremely creative with their drama activities/games where they where restricted by the fact that they were not allowed to talk for the whole lesson. ‘Yeah Right!” I hear you say 😉 but they actually were able to do it. It’s not easy for a small group of 12 students to form the shape of a speed boat with driver and acrobatic water skiers being pulled behind it.

There was lots of thinking to be had as well with this terms thinking routine ‘See, Think, Wonder’. This routine forms the basis of the students weekly musical analysis and appreciation.

Was great to hear so many students singing well at the last whole school assembly and the 1/2’s were amazing with the ‘hello’ song as well. I am looking forward to continuing working with the students at these assemblies as there is nothing more uplifting than singing as a mass group and its a great way to start the week.

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