Who knew buckets and chopsticks could be so musical! Grade 3 and 4 students participated in a series of workshops introducing them to reading drum notation. They then composed and notated their own rhythms and collaborated in small groups to arrange each of their individual rhythms together to make a whole composition. Here are some of our compositions!
Grade 3 and 4 students explored body percussion and rhythms this term and learnt ‘The Cup Song’ from the movie ‘Pitch Perfect’. They then composed their own cup song in groups and used music notation, words and pictures to document their composition. This is called a ‘score’. They then rehearsed and performed their compositions. There’s SOOOOO much creativity on display here! Here’s a sample:
Grade 1 and 2 students worked very hard on their Animal Raps this term. Each group chose a different animal and brainstormed some words and ideas for their rap. They then had to think of rhymes that would suit their animal and write their rap using a composition template. As a class, the students chose some drum and bass loops using the GarageBand software to create a backing track for their class rap. They then had to practise along to the backing track and finally record their raps using an iPad. We even had to wear headphones like in a real recording studio!! Yo, yo…check below to hear our class animal raps and see what we got up to…
The Grade 5/6s have been hard at work this term creating these beautiful Japanese koi scroll artworks. The focus for this artwork was on drawing anatomically correct fish and showing movement and rhythm in the water. The students used water colour paints, decorative paper, wooden sticks and wool. What I find interesting is that all the students have created very unique artworks, despite the fact they all painted the same type of fish, koi. If you would like to see these artworks up close, there is a display in the front office and in the main hallway. Enjoy!
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!
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.
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.
This term grade 1/2 students have been focussing on rhythm and rhyme. Linking in with their Dr Suess inspired art the students learnt a simple rhyme called Cat Rap. Each grade then collaboratively created a Hip Hop backing track in Garageband. Next the student as a whole class co-wrote a introduction describing their favourite animal. Students were then sent off in small collaborative groups to compose two short rhymes about an animal of their choice. Each group then had to rehearse so that they could recite their rap in time to the backing track. Each group was then recorded over the top of the backing track to create their Animal Rap. We hope you enjoy them.
It’s the footy season already! This week the grade 1 and 2’s have been set a task to create a rhythmic chant using their favourite footy team. Each chant needs to fit into four beats and they need to rehearse it so that they can say the chant twice, say and clap twice and just clap twice. Each group had to then perform their chant to the class. Next week we get the percussion instruments out and use them to perform the chants and create some interesting compositions.