Bell Primary School students were lucky enough to be visited by three of Australia’s top emcees (rappers) this week as part of the Hip-Hop/Rap unit in Music in Term 2. Grey Ghost, Mantra and Class A held workshops to teach students from Prep to Grade 6 how to use rhythm and rhyme to create their own raps. Here is some of what happened!
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 also look at rhythm and rhyme in simple chants and raps.
Grade 1 and 2
This term in Grade 1 and 2 music, it’s all about Rap! Through its origins in Hip-Hop, students will explore rhythm, rhyme and arranging. Students will be writing and recording their own Animal Raps in small groups. This will include working on composing a backing track as a class using the Garageband software. Groups will need to organise and rehearse their raps ready for the recording process. Students will also have the opportunity to listen to and analyse various nursery rhymes and raps to identify patterns in the music and understand how important rhythm and flow is in rap.
Grade 3 and 4
Yo, yo, yo…word up! Beatboxing is sooooo 2017! This year in Grades 3 and 4 it’s all about Rap and Hip-Hop! This term students will look at the Hip-Hop genre and learn specific techniques on how to rap. They will explore various rap music examples and use these to inspire them in creating their own rap. Students will use a template to help them structure their composition and will work together in a group to write and rehearse their rap using elements such as rhythm and rhyme. They will then perform and record their piece using the Garageband software.
Grade 5 and 6
Hip to the Hop and you don’t stop! This term, students in Grade 5/6 will look at the history of Hip-Hop music and its cultural significance. Students will learn various rapping skills and techniques such as the use of rhyme, slogans and ‘flow’ and will use these techniques to compose their own rap. They will be introduced to freestyle rap as a way of generating ideas for lyrics. Students will use the Garageband software to compose their backing track and record their rap. They will also need to consider the arrangement of their rap and include various elements of music in their composition.
The Preps will be creating two major works. They will learn about the significance and symbolism of koi (carp) in Japanese culture by creating their very own Koinobori (koi kites). The students will then move on to Ming Vases, where they will learn about the painting techniques of these exquisite ceramic works. Students will create a mixed-media artwork incorporating a painting of the vase containing cherry blossoms made from paper and paint.
The Year 1 and 2s will travel west to China where they will be exploring the history of the Chinese Willow design and will learn about the relationship between the Industrial era of England and how it’s porcelain industry was influenced by the East. They will then create their very own plate inspired by the Chinese Willow designs. Following on from this work, students will travel further east to Japan, where they will look at the work of renowned contemporary artist, Yayoi Kusama. Students will create a spotty pumpkin artwork, inspired by Kusama’s famous works Infinity Mirrored Room – All the eternal love I have for the pumpkins (2016).
The Year 3 and 4s will learn about the history of Japanese landscape art, in particular woodblock printing and ink paintings. Students will compose a painting inspired by a Japanese landscape and then transform their painting into their very own Japanese lantern. During this unit, students will look at the work of master woodblock artist, Hokusai.
The Year 5 and 6s will learn about and discuss the cultural symbolism of Koi in Japanese history and create their very own koi scroll painting using watercolour paints and Asian inspired collaging papers.
What’s new in the music room, you ask? Well on the holidays our maintenance person was busy building a snazzy ukulele stand to store all our ukuleles and keep them nice and safe. The bonus is…they look amazing too!
Grades 1 and 2 have been busy this term learning how we can use words to learn rhythms. We used different pizza toppings as the words and we matched the syllables with traditional notation to make the rhythms. Then we composed our own pizza music using the pizza toppings! Here are some examples from each class…
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
Grades 3 and 4 have been busy this term learning some basic beatboxing techniques. Boots and cats! They have also used the skills they’ve learned combined with some inspiration from beatboxing pros such as Mal Webb, Tom Thum and Julia Dales to compose their own sounds and beatboxing compositions. We love to beatbox! Look out Mal Webb!
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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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.