We have had such a fabulous year in the Arts department here at Bell. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with all the amazingly talented and creative kids over 2017 and look forward to another fun-filled year in 2018. Happy festive season, Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all! From Chelsea and Milica
This Term, Grade 5/6 students went Back to the Future! They set upon a mini Inquiry into the Science Fiction genre (Sci-Fi) and detailed their own characters using digital MindMapping tools. Students then unleashed their creativity to compose a vignette (short composition) to represent their chosen character using the Soundation program. They explored how famous Sci-Fi composers use technology and the elements of music to create drama and tension through music. Here are some awesome examples of their work!
This Term, students in Grade 1 and 2 learnt all about the percussive colourful tubes called Boomwhackers. They experimented with how to make sounds from these instruments and learnt how to follow traditional and digital notation. Students also used a rhythmic template to create their own compositions. Here are some Boomwhacking examples!
In Term 4, Prep students delved further into exploring pitch and basic form in music. They learnt about steps and leaps when using intervals and looked at different pieces that used musical patterns. Here are some Preps playing Hot Cross Buns on percussion instruments!
In conjunction with their visual Art projects this term, Grade 3 and 4 students studied the music of the Native Americans. Students learnt a traditional Sioux tribe chant called ‘Epanay’ and worked together in groups to create their own arrangements of the song. Here are some examples:
Some strange things have been happening in the Music Room this Halloween. Grade 5/6 have embarked on their Sci-Fi unit and have encountered a very spooky (often temperamental) Theremin, thanks to a very hip Grade 5 student (thanks Violet)! This instrument is most famous for its starring role in the Doctor Who theme…
This term, Prep students will be introduced to composition by exploring pitch and other important musical elements. Students will learn how to sing then play simple melodies on tuned percussion instruments. They will deconstruct these melodies by looking at how music can be written into groups and then students will create their own melodies. Preps will also learn that instruments can be categorised into different families according to their characteristics and how they are played.
Grade 1 and 2
Boom-whacker, boom, BOOM!! This term, Grade 1 and 2 students will learn all about the percussive colourful tubes called Boomwhackers. Each tube makes its own pitch (note) when struck and they’re super fun to play! Students will learn to play short repeated patterns called ostinatos and begin looking at simple melodic patterns. They will compose their own short pieces with rhythmic patterns using musical notation. Each group will perform their pieces to the class and students will be encouraged to give feedback to their peers using correct musical terminology.
Grade 3 and 4
Tying in closely with their work in Art, Grade 3s and 4s are focusing on the music of the Native Americans. We will discover the significance of music in their culture and how it is used as an important form of storytelling. Students will learn chants from various tribes and find out about traditional instruments and how they were made. We will listen to and analyse Native American songs and discover how they are linked to other art-forms such as dance. Students will work in small groups to compose their own short piece in the musical style of a particular Native American tribe.
Grade 5 and 6
In Term 4, Grade 5/6 students will be going Back to the Future! This term is all about Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) and how composers use technology and the elements of music to create a world of chaos and mystery. Students will set upon a mini-inquiry into the Science Fiction genre and plan out their own Sci-Fi story using digital Mind Mapping tools. They will unleash their creativity and compose their own Sci-Fi music to represent their main characters using the Soundation program. We will also be listening to and analysing classic Sci-Fi music by composers such as John Williams and James Horner.
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!