Today the grade 5/6 students began learning about Chinese luogu ensemble music. This is in preparation for the Bell Biennale Arts Festival. The Chinese luogu ensemble is the percussion ensemble that accompanies the lion or dragon dance. Luogu simply means ‘gongs and drums’ Luo= gong, Gu= drums. A couple of weeks ago we were fortunate enough to witness a fabulous performance by the Chinese Masonic Society Luogu Ensemble and lion dance. Below is an example of 5/6G performing Shi Wu (Lion Dance) music. This piece is made up of three main sets of instruments cymbals, gongs (triangles) and drums.
Exciting times for music at Bell 2015! We have a new music room that is an amazing space. We at Bell are so lucky to have such a rich arts program and the new space is going to support the program very well.
In term one we will be focussing on the building blocks of music. These include pitch, rhythm, timbre and texture.We will do this using a variety of games, singing, and simple composition exercises. We will also be starting simple listening tasks using a variety of genres and styles. This will be done using both video and audio examples. This is to encourage the children’s visual and aural thinking processes.
Grade 1 and 2
The students will make and present music works using a range of music elements, skills, techniques and processes. Specifically, the students will be exploring pitch and melody using percussion instruments to create simple compositions. The students will also participate in singing sessions and we will start to learn how to part sing through simple chants and songs. Student will also engage in various audio/visual activities working towards developing their music analysis skills.
In term one, grade 3&4 students will begin their focus on Asian music looking at elements of Javanese /Balinese Gamelan as well as elements of North Hindi Indian Raga. Through these foci, students will draw on a range of musical skills to support their creativity thinking. They will be empowered to adopting the role of composers to create short melodic and rhythmic compositions inspired by their exposure to the main elements of Javanese/Balinese Gamelan and Indian Raga. Students will also be given opportunities to develop their collaborative skills when working with others in their small composition groups.
In Term 1 grade 5&6 students will begin to look at elements of Chinese Lougu Percussion Music. This is the music that accompanies the lion and dragon dance that you often see at chinese new year celebrations. This music will allow the students to experience the various instrumentation, rhythms and tempo that are unique to the Chinese Lougu ensemble. Towards the end of the term 1 and into term two the grade 5/6 students will be empowered to adopt the role of composers and begin to create their short Chinese Lougu inspired rhythmic compositions. Throughout the unit students will also learn about the cultural background to the Chinese Lougu and why the dragon and lion are important chinese symbols