Preps have been SUPER busy this term in music! We had a go at composing our own ‘fast and slow’ pieces by drawing pictures to create a score. We learned that symbols can be used to represent sounds. AND we learned how important it is for the actions in a song to match the words (lyrics) so the story makes sense. Singing and moving at the same time can be tricky! But we were so brave and LOVED performing at the end of term assembly in front of the WHOLE SCHOOL!! Go Preps!!
Who says you can only learn music using traditional instruments! Grades 1 and 2 have been working on learning musical patterns using their voice and body and transferring the rhythms on to…terracotta pots! We loved experimenting with all the different sounds!
This term, Grade 5/6 students explored music from various cultures around the world. They developed their knowledge by composing short pieces using musical characteristics specific to each style. Here are some examples of group compositions in an African music style.
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.
This term Preps will be learning about how artists repurpose materials to make new artworks. We will be starting with fabric owl collages inspired by the textile works of Mandy Pattullo. Students will learn how to draw, paint and collage owls. This process will culminate in each student using the knowledge they acquired through the developmental stages of the work to create an owl collage made from fabric and recycled paper scraps. Preps will learn about texture and incorporate these techniques and knowledge into their artworks.
Grade 1 and 2
Grade 1 and 2 students will be looking at the work of American artist Yumi Okita and will create relief artworks inspired by Okita’s textile moth sculptures. Students will learn about symmetry and colour throughout the developmental stages of their artworks and will experience the tactile nature of working with fabric and fibers. Through guided and independent drawing, students will develop an understanding of the anatomy of moths and how to draw them. Students will also have the opportunity to explore pattern and repetition when designing their moth’s wings. This term is about repurposing old materials into new artworks. Students will achieve this by using fabric scraps and old pieces of cardboard to create their artworks.
Grade 3 and 4
This term is all about repurposing old materials into new artworks. Students will be discovering the art of the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest of America and Canada, with a particular focus on Totem Poles and their cultural significance. Using paper scraps and recycled paper, students will create a piece of a totem pole using collaging techniques. Each student’s work will be connected to other students’ work and form a Totem Pole. Throughout this work, students will learn about symmetry, balance and repetition and how these elements are integral to Totem Pole art.
Grade 5 and 6
This term Grade 5 and 6 students will turn old gift boxes into whimsical shadow boxes as part of our recycled art unit this term. The project aims to repurpose old materials into new artworks. Over a series of weeks students will develop a very personal design for their shadow box, which aims to express and idea or theme they would like to convey to their audience. Students will use self-reflection tools, class discussions and feedback sessions, mind-maps and developmental sketches to create a finished work, which deals with their idea or theme and shows an understanding of depth and perspective.
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.
After having fun with exploring composition with shapes and visual patterns, Grade 3/4 decided that the best way to continue with this medium was to explore film composition. And what better film excerpts could there be than those from Disney’s Fantasia and Dumbo, two movies with fantastic music and animation! Using their class Ipad’s each 3/4 class split into four separate groups and began scoring the soundtrack for their films. The soundtracks were then performed and recorded in front of the class while watching the films on “the big screen”. An excellent level of artistic and musical maturity was demonstrated by ALL of the students involved. It was a true privilege to watch the students work on this task. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!
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!
Grades 3 and 4 have been exploring composition using visual patterns and shapes to inspire sounds, playing techniques and articulation on various instruments. They have also been listening to and watching orchestras perform 20th century compositions by Edgar Varese, Dmitri Shostakovich and Charles Mingus to further inspire them to create weird and wacky sounds! By using distinct shapes such as spots, stars, squiggles, splats and sharp angles, each group of students has been able to create their own unique compositions. We will be exploring this further as we delve in to film composition using acoustic instruments in the following weeks.
Please enjoy the videos of the fantastic performances below: