This term, students from Grades 3 and 4 have had the opportunity to come along to Open Mic club one lunchtime a week. This is a club set-up to give students that are interested in music or any performing arts area (we’ve had dance and even some comedy routines) a chance to build their confidence and try new things in front of an audience. Students can participate in Open Mic club by performing or just come along as an audience member and enjoy the show!
MELBOURNE YOUTH ORCHESTRA
The Melbourne Youth Orchestra 2020 Summer School, supported by the Department of Education and Training, is now open for applications. MYO’s week-long Summer School offers many opportunities for young musicians aged 7 and up, from beginner to advanced levels. More information can be found on their website myo.org.au. Applications are now open online and close on 6 September 2019.
In Term 2, Grade 5 and 6 students explored the style of music known as the Blues. We learnt how to play a 12-Bar-Blues chord pattern and experimented with improvisation using the Blues Scale. Here is a sample of our Blues arrangements.
In Term 2, Grade 3 and 4 students learnt more about the ukulele and worked on popular Australian song ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy. Changing chords can be tricky, so we used sticker dots to help us find the chord shapes more easily. We even had a go at playing along to the backing track and singing the song. Practise, practise, practise!
In Term 2, Grade 1 and 2 students learnt the African greeting song ‘Funga Alafia’. They worked on different parts of the song and then added them together as a whole class arrangement. They learnt the singing part with the actions, the body percussion part and how to play the melody on a tuned percussion instrument.
During Term 2, Grades P-2 have had the opportunity to come along to Junior Jam Club one lunchtime a week. In Jam Club students can try instruments they’ve never tried before and play music together with their friends. It’s so much fun! Check us out!
This week students dressed up and acted out hitting a piñata. Students will use these photos as a reference for their drawing when creating their own artworks.
To get inspiration Grade 1 and 2 students have watched a video about a family that makes and sells piñatas in Mexico.
While the main focus was looking at the imagery, we also read some of the subtitles and discovered the most expensive piñata was 600 pesos. How much is that in Australian dollars? You can answer in the comments section!