The Senior Vocal Ensemble from Bell Primary School is the first school choir to feature in the Australian Music Vault (AMV) Choir project! If you’ve been to The Arts Centre Melbourne recently you might have noticed the new permanent exhibition – the Australian Music Vault – which celebrates the achievements of Australian pop and rock music. There’s Kylie, Barnesy, Split Enz (ok, not Australian), their instruments, songlists and stories. In addition to the exhibition, the AMV has developed special education resources for schools to use to promote singing and Australian music. Bell Primary is one of the first schools in the country to make the most of this amazing opportunity. Using the AMV resources, the Senior Vocal Ensemble rehearsed and performed “Diamonds” by Sia. Their performance was excellent, so good in fact that The Arts Centre Melbourne has featured it on their website! This is an exciting opportunity for our students to make real-world connections with their learning and showcase their talents to a wider audience. Check it out for yourself! Please visit the following link to view the amazing performance:
The Grade 4s and 3/4M have been busy creating some amazing stop animation films as part of their combined art and music unit this term. Students were given a topic and asked to create a film using 2D materials. They could use paint, coloured paper, pencils or textas. Ms. S and Chelsea have been amazed at the creativity of the students and their ability to collaborate and make creative decisions. Here are some photos of the process so far. Watch this space for more information about the Film presentation night.
Music and Art is being combined this term for Grade 3/4 students.
Grade 3 Map Making Project
The Grade 3 students will be working on a map making unit this term, which will combine their art and music skills. This unit will enable students to explore and experiment with visual and musical art techniques within a cartography project. During this project, students will have the opportunity to collaboratively create a map artwork, which showcases their spatial skills and their ability to compose a score to express the themes of the map. Students will learn about the relationship between images and sound and how the two components can be manipulated to create a narrative with continuity. The project is heavily driven by collaboration, enabling students to execute a joint creative vision, by working together to problem-solve, develop their ideas, share their ideas and to produce a finished artefact by the end of the unit. The project will culminate in a celebration of student learning. At assembly, the Bell Primary School Community will be invited to see the students’ performance artwork involving the map, live music score and story.
Grade 4 Stop Animation Project
This unit will enable students to explore and experiment with visual and musical art techniques within a stop animation medium. During this project, students will have the opportunity to create a film which showcases their animation skills and their ability to compose a score. Students will learn about the relationship between images and sound and how the two components can be manipulated to create a stop animation film with continuity. The project is heavily driven by collaboration, enabling students to execute a joint creative vision, by working together to problem-solve, develop their ideas, share their ideas and to produce a finished artefact by the end of the unit. Students will be required to contemplate their learning by means of ongoing reflection and a self-assessment rubric. The project will culminate in a celebration of student learning, through an arts event in which the Bell Primary School Community will be invited to a screening night to view the films and the process works.
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.
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!
Listen To 1/2A’s Grid Rhythms!
Listen To 1/2 C’s Grid Rhythms!
Listen To 1/2S’s Grid Rhythms!
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.
For three weeks the Grade 1s and 2s have been working on these cityscape paintings. As a class we discussed what reflections are and where we commonly see reflections; in glass, in a mirror, on a spoon, in water etc. This artwork enabled students to have a better understanding of shape, repetition and line. Check out the display in the office foyer!
Wow! When I watch this amazing video of the Bell Biennale by Steven Pam it felt like it was yesterday the festival happened. Thank you so much Steven for putting this together. You have really captured the moment and the overall feeling of the festival. Argh the rain! We are so glad that Steven captured the weather with the majestic sounds of the Balinese Gamelan DanAnda in the opening sequence. Reflecting back, Chelsea and I feel that the weather in some way enabled a shared struggle that bonded the school community around the festival.
Here are some wonderful photos from the Bell Biennale. Thank you Mardi for taking these beautiful photos, you have really captured the night for us!
Japanese lanterns and Barong masks by Grade 3/4 students. Chinese dragon puppets and Japanese koi scrolls by Grade 5/6 students. Indian Holi elephants by Asia Art Club. Chelsea dressed up in a kimono and a few students from the junior school dressed in asian costumes!
Gamelan Ensemble by Grade 3/4 students. Chinese Luogu Ensemble by Grade 5/6 students. Grade 3/4 Bollywood Dance Club performance at the opening ceremony.
The very rainy opening ceremony. Gamelan workshop. Interactive Manga Wall. The Cherry Blossom Comment Tree. Classroom displays.