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.
Taking things to another level, the students were then set a task of working in small collaborative groups to compose a short rhythmic composition using a 4 count grid.
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!
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.
On Monday the Grade 5/6s learnt about the Japanese art form; Notan Squares. We discussed light and dark, positive and negative space, reflections, repetition and contrasting elements. Can you believe these are just their practice works? Imagine what their final works will look like!!
Wow, teaching the Preps about the Aurora Borealis was hard! There were so many concepts they needed to understand before they could grasp the scientific phenomena of the Aurora Borealis. But that didn’t matter, it was just about exposing them to the concept and they did really well! Over four weeks students made three different artworks with the Aurora Borealis as the subject matter. Using pastels and paint, students learnt how to draw a polar bear and pine trees, whilst learning about the difference between oil and dry pastels. The results are truly beautiful! To see this display, check out the big display board outside the art room.
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!
Grade 1/2 students looked at the work of Sushe Felix, a contemporary artist from Colorado (I got this idea from Cassie Stephens: a fantastic art teacher from Tennessee http://cassiestephens.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/in-art-room-desert-landscapes-with.html). The great thing about this artwork was the children had to make their own stencils before they created their work. The students learnt about proportion, scale and perspective whilst creating these artworks.
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.
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 2 and a bit weeks to go and the grades 3-6 students have been engaged in some intense creativity preparing there small group compositions. Check out these 3/4 students in full creative swing as they compose their ‘Javanese Gamelan’ inspired music.