I hear that the students in Grades 3 and 4 have been driving their parents and classroom teachers bananas learning the Cup Song this term! Not only did we master this percussive piece and its tricky rhythms, but we also got creative and composed some cup songs of our own!
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!
For the past 6 weeks the grade 1/2’s have been focusing on the music idea of pulse aka/sometimes known as the beat. Through a series of musical games and activities such as the world famous ‘Rhythm Detectives’ and ‘Whats The Time Mr Wolf!?’, the students have been embodying pulse as an essential musical element.
Taking things to another level, the students were then set a task of working in small collaborative groups to compose a short rhythmic composition using a 4 count grid.
Stage one, was to compose the Grid Rhythms using body percussion and rehearse to perform in front of the class.
Stage two was to then apply the body percussion to small handheld classroom percussion instruments. Essential to making this work was the students ability to apply their sense of pulse so that they could rehearse and perform together.
Please listen to some of he amazing compositions below and don’t forget to comment. The students love the feedback!
This term grade 3/4 students have been learning music through song, movement and performing. Here is 3/4 A singing the song ‘I’ve Got A Rhythm’. This song forms the basis of the music that the students are going to learning and ultimately perform as an ensemble using tuned and untuned percussion instruments.
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I’ve Got a Rhythm: Words by Mark Carthew and Music by Tamara O’Brien
For the past 5 weeks grade 1/2 students have been participating in various musical games and activities that involve them experiencing pulse or beat. They have played games such as ‘Rhythm detectives’, ‘What’s The Time Mr Wolf’ and Concentration Elimination. Each of these games require the students to keep a steady pulse to play the game. The students have learnt so far that knowing where the pulse/beat in music resides, is vital for a group of musicians to play together.
Over the next few weeks the students will be working in groups to compose a short rhythmic composition using a 4 count grid. This week they began thinking up interesting body percussion and voice sounds to include in their grids. Once the students have composed and mastered their body percussion pieces they will perform them to the class. The next step is for the students to then use hand held percussion instruments instead of body percussion. The students will then rehearse and perform them to the class. Hopefully these performances will also be recorded and posted on this blog.
The grade 5/6 students officially started their recording projects last week. Over the next 4-5 weeks the students will be collecting numerous sounds from around the school. These sounds will form the basis of a larger soundscape or rhythmic composition.
The learning intention of this session was to experiment with the hardware and software to discover the limitations and possibilities. The students had to work in pairs using Garageband on the iPad to record a series of sounds and see if they could loop them into a short rhythmic piece of music.
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.
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