In Term 3, Grade 5 and 6 students participated in an Orff-based percussion unit. The focus was on melody and performance and students learnt various parts that were put together following a specific form (structure). They rehearsed and performed the piece ‘Bounce’ as a class. Here is a video of 5/6P performing the song at the end of term assembly. Well done Grade 5/6!
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
Wow Amazing! The grade 1&2 students have been performing in a whole class ensemble over the past 3 weeks. They have been focusing on performing a piece written by John Madin called Antigravity. It’s a piece that is made up of short repeated melodic and rhythmic patterns (Ostinato) that are easily learnt by students. Learning the ostinatos is the easy part, putting it all together into a whole piece that has a beginning middle and end is the hard fun. I hope that you enjoy the performances below. I am amazed at how the students are able to tune into the other parts of the ensemble and when they get out of time or lost in the music, they know when to come back in. Please leave a comment.
This term grade 3/4 students have been working on whole class ensemble skills. Its been a step by step process where the students first learn to sing the song ‘I’ve Got A Rhythm‘. These is done through call and response and includes body percussion. The students are also given an opportunity to improvise rhythms using rhythm sticks. When the melody of the song has been embodied and the students are comfortable with the rhythm they then move onto tuned percussion instruments to form a whole class Orff based ensemble. The melody is first divided into two parts so it is easily learnt. This way the students experience instant success. Gradually the drums and additional base line is introduced and the students are then given an opportunity to improvise using a pentatonic scale.
Below you can view each class perform their version of I’ve got a rhythm. If you like what you hear please leave a comment.
Grade 1 and 2 students have been exploring pitch in term 4. Performing short simple songs using tuned Orff instruments is a great way for students to get a deeper understanding of pitch and its role in music.
Term 4 grade 3&4 students will be creatively engaged in small and whole class Orff ensemble sessions. Carl Orff was a famous German composer and music pedagogue. He developed an approach to music education that integrates Speech, Singing, Movement and instruments to teach the elements of music. Xylophones, metallophones, Glockenspiels, as well as other untuned percussion instruments are fundamental to the Orff approach for their simplicity which helps facilitate student success and creativity. Grade 3&4 students will learn a series of short songs that will also be performed as a whole class ensemble. This experience will allow the students to build on their knowledge of music through doing. That is, creating, making and performing.