Tag Archives: Bell Primary School Music

Cityscapes by Grade 1/2s

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!

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Bell Biennale Video

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.

Bell Biennale

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!

Exhibition Space

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!

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Music Performances

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.

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The very rainy opening ceremony. Gamelan workshop. Interactive Manga Wall. The Cherry Blossom Comment Tree. Classroom displays.

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1/2M Haiku Poem Compositions

The grade 1 and 2’s have been working in whole class and small collaborative groups to compose music to a variety of stimuli. This week they have started to compose music inspired by Japanese Haiku poems. This week the students were set a task to compose a soundscape that captures the atmosphere and mood of the Haiku Gnats.

Gnats come as cloud

and then spread out over

the coolness of the pool

 

Please listen to a sample of these soundscapes by grade 1/2M more from the other grades will be posted when they have finished.

 

 

Only 1 and half weeks to go until its…

Bell Biennale time!Bell Biennale Promo Board

The 3-6 students have been furiously working on their art works and composition performances getting them ready for the big day on June the 4th. The creative output from the students has just been amazing. Thank you so much to the parents who have been donating their time to help out with some of the preparations. There are still a number of volunteer spots available for putting tape on 5/6 costumes, decorating the music room on the 3rd of June, putting up and taking down displays. Please check bit.ly/bbvolunteers for details.

Things to know and think about:

  • Whole school plus the community are invited to the Opening Ceremony begins at 2:30 on the Basketball Crt (weather permitting).
  • After the opening ceremony students will return to class where they will be dismissed by their teachers.
  • Whole school plus community are invited to view the art exhibition in the Learning Centre.
  • The 3-6 classrooms will be open for the whole school to visit. On display will be examples of student learning undertaken as part of their Our Asian Neighbours Inquiry Unit.
  • Programs will be distributed to the 3-6 students. Parents and friends of the P-2 students will be able to pick up a program at the information centre at the shelter shed.
  • Coffee & Tea will be available and can be purchased from the Coffee Van next to the Information Centre. Hot drinks will not be allowed into any of the buildings.
  • Only Parents and Family members of 3-6 students will be eligible to see the music performances. This is due to the limited space available for an audience. Please make sure that parents and family bring their preallocated coloured ticket which will will gain you entry into the performance space.
  • There will be student and teacher marshals positioned throughout the school to help with directing people to the various exhibition spaces.
  • Please make sure that you leave a comment with the cherry blossom tree situated at the learning centre entrance.
  • Prep-2 students are not missing out! They are going to have their Celebrations Concert in term 4. Prep-2 students are also invited to wear an Asian Inspired Costume on the day of the Biennale June the 4th.

 

5/6 Chinese Museum Incursion

Chinese art and music has been the main focus for the 5/6 students in preparation for the Bell Biennale Arts Festival (Our Asian Neighbours). Last Monday grade the 5/6 students had great learning opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture when the Melbourne Chinese Museum visited the school to run three workshops. The first workshop was a Chinese language infused dance with all the grade 5/6 students. Included in some of the dance routine was also some simple Tai Chi moves.

 

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After getting warmed up with the dance 5/6 students were ready to learn about Chinese medicine. During this session the students had a hands on experience with an interesting variety of herbs, fungi and other medicinal plants. After learning about what some of the herbs can cure the students were then given a mock patient that need help with a particular ailment. Students were then charged with the task of choosing the right recipe to make a soup that could possibly cure the ailment.

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The third workshop was about making Chinese lanterns. This was a great hands on experience for the students that required a high degree of fine motor skills. As they made the lanterns they learnt why the lantern is an important symbol for luck in Chinese culture.

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Part 2 Javanese Dance

Following on from the previous post part 1

Like singing in a choir or playing in an ensemble, dancing with others in unison as a synchronised group, brings great pleasure. Clearly from the images below this is what the students were experiencing under the graceful guidance of Nita Hall from Asia Raya. The level of engagement was extremely high and Bell’s grade 3/4 students demonstrated excellent choreography skills whilst following Nita’s moves.

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One of the dances that the students learnt wasn’t originally from Java but from the island of Sumatra. This was called the plate dance. As the students entered the room there were pairs of small yellow and orange plates laid out on the floor. Yellow for boys and orange for girls. When the students got dressed up in the colourful costumes they looked amazing. The red horns of the headdress that the girls wore represented the buffalo commonly found on the island of Sumatra. Both boys and girls had to wear traditional Javanese sarongs with the girls wearing beautiful pink tops and red scarves. The boys accompanied the girls with bright blue shirts and black scarves to match their headdress. How amazing do they look?

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Fact: Did you know that when this dance is performed back in Indonesia that the dancers actually dance on broken plates. Nita says that this requires great skill so as to not cut their feet on the shards of broken plate. 

Watch some of the grade 3/4 students perform the Plate Dance.


The other dance that the students learnt was a penguin dance. Again after some practice, the students were able to follow Nita’s moves and their costumes were also wonderfully ornate and colourful.

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Grade 5 and 6 Sound Art Performances

Over 15 weeks the Grade 5/6s embarked on an inquiry unit based on sound art. For the whole of Term Three and part of Term Four Visual Art and Music were fused, allowing students to explore ideas behind sound art and understand these separate disciplines in a new light.

Students participated in experimental play, in which they were given time to purely create using a vast array of different materials. We had guest speakers, such as a sound artist, visual artist and a musician come and visit the students to impart some of their knowledge on the key subjects. The students then collaborated in groups to create a composition and performed it to an audience of over 100 people. Below are links to the videos of each performance – enjoy

The introduction to the final performance.

Please click  5/6I plus 1 to view videos of final performances.

Please click  5/6R&T  to view videos of final performances.

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Some Of The Plans  and More Plans

Some Of The The Instruments

 

 

Some Amazing Performances From Our Talented 5/6 Students

Wow! We have some wonderfully talented students here at Bell PS. Please take the time to listen to the two excellent performances below. The boys are performing a song that the wrote themselves called My Girl. They have been rehearsing very hard over the past couple of months under the guidance of Ms S (Be sure to also check out their School Fete performance below)

The Grade 6 Girls are performing Little Talks.  They too have been practising hard over the past couple of months working with Jacinta their instrumental teacher and they will be performing at their Grade 6  graduation.

Please leave a comment if you enjoyed the performances.

Bell PS Rock Ensemble

Grade 6 Girls Perform Little Talks

Click here to view the Bell PS Rock band Performing at the Bell PS Fun Day (Fete)

5/6 DJ Christmas Mix!

Incredibox is one of my favourite online music making web apps. It’s simplicity allows students to experience instant success from Prep through to grade 6. Incredibox has just updated to version 4 with  a whole new mix of funky loops. This week the 5/6 students adopted the role of DJ’s and charged with creating there very own ‘Class House Christmas Mix’. Key to any good dance track is for the DJ to create and maintain the ebb and flow (peaks and troughs) of the music to pique (pun intended)  the listeners interest. The students soon realised the importance of rehearsing their music before pressing the record button so that they had some idea of how to put it all together.

Please click on the links below to listen to the wonderful music these creative students have produced.

5/6T Christmas Mix                                  5/6 R Christmas Mix