In Term 1, Preps will be introduced to the foundations of music by exploring elements such as beat, pitch, dynamics and tempo. Students will use their voices, movement and instruments to express ideas and interpret sound and silence. We will also begin responding to music through simple listening tasks using a variety of genres and styles. Preps will play and sing songs and rhymes and explore contrasts in sounds. This term is also about learning the routines in the music room and respecting the instruments and equipment we use to express our creativity.
Grade 1 and 2
This term, Grade 1 and 2 students will explore rhythmic and melodic patterns in music through the groovy books ‘Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons’ and ‘Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes’. Students will learn to sing these songs and identify the first beat in every bar as well as practice keeping a steady beat to the music. They will also compose and perform their own version of ‘Rocking in my School Shoes’ by completing a rhythmic template. Students will also learn to identify and play patterns in various nursery rhymes.
Grade 3 and 4
In Term 1, Grade 3 and 4 students will be using the percussive colourful tubes called Boomwhackers to explore duration and dynamics. They will learn about time signatures by playing and singing songs that have three beats in a bar, as opposed to the conventional four beats. Students will have the opportunity to compose and perform their own Boomwhacker piece and recognise notes in a Major scale using traditional notation. They will also experiment with simple chords and begin to understand how using these creates harmony in their piece.
Grade 5 and 6
This term, Grade 5 and 6 students will be taking a groove-based approach to learning rhythmic patterns as a large whole-class ensemble. They will be exploring traditional Jamaican reggae and dancehall rhythms as well as Afro-Cuban tumbao patterns. Students will practice maintaining their part throughout the performances and explore ways to combine and extend musical ideas through improvisation. By interpreting graphic and traditional notation, students will explore different ways of communicating and expressing musical ideas using elements such as dynamics and articulation.
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!
In Term 2, Grade 5 and 6 students explored the style of music known as the Blues. We learnt how to play a 12-Bar-Blues chord pattern and experimented with improvisation using the Blues Scale. Here is a sample of our Blues arrangements.
In Term 2, Preps will continue to build on their knowledge of the foundations of music including beat, pitch, dynamics and tempo. They will explore melody by singing and moving to various nursery rhymes and songs. They will also begin to learn to sing the national anthem. Preps will explore rhythm by creating simple beats and actions within a song. Students will practise identifying emotions such as happy and sad when listening to a range of different music styles. They will also look at rhythm and rhyme in simple chants and raps.
Grade 1 and 2
In Term 2, Grade 1 and 2 students will be focusing on singing and movement through simple chants and songs. They will be introduced to the concept of vocal improvisation and techniques such as ‘call and response’ and will experiment with these musical ideas through interactive singing and play. Students will learn to sing West African welcome song ‘Funga Alafia’ along with the accompanying actions and body percussion parts. They will also work on performing the vocal melody on instruments such as the xylophone and metallophone.
Grade 3 and 4
In Term 2, Grade 3 and 4 students will be learning about the ukulele. They will learn how to play some simple and more complex chords through ‘call and response’ patterns. By combining downstroke and upstroke strumming, they will attempt various strumming patterns within different songs. Students will learn to play popular Australian song ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy and will work towards a class performance with a backing track. They will practise reading and following chord charts and diagrams and learn the difference between chords and a melody.
Grade 5 and 6
Good Golly Miss Molly! Term 2 for Grade 5 and 6 students is all about exploring the Blues! Through listening examples, they will learn about the history and characteristics of the Blues and how important this style of music was to the development of popular music. Students will learn how build a chord and perform a 12 Bar Blues chord progression on the keyboard, xylophone, ukulele and boomwhackers. They will work on developing their improvisation skills by building on simple melodies using the Blues scale. Students will arrange and perform their own Blues composition in small groups.
Grade 5 and 6 students have been exploring Brazilian Samba music this term. We didn’t have traditional South American instruments so we used African instruments to get similar sounds. They learnt some of the rhythms through word phrases and used these as well as call and response patterns to create their own Samba arrangements in groups. We hope they get you grooving!
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 have been working hard this term learning how to write music notation and rhythms to create their own compositions based on…PIZZA! They chose rhythms to create a musical document called a ‘score’, then they arranged their composition and rehearsed it before performing it to the class. They even added loud and soft sounds to the score called ‘dynamics’. Check out these examples:
During Term 3, a lunchtime Open Mic Club is held in the Music Room once a week where students from Grades 3 and 4 practice performing songs of their choice in front of an audience. Students can come and perform or just watch and enjoy the show! Some brave students have even been showcasing their own songwriting skills. Wow!
In Term 2, Grade 5/6 students studied the history of Hip-Hop music and its cultural significance. They learnt various rap skills and techniques and also had first-hand tips from local MCs Mantra, Grey Ghost and Class A during the hip-hop incursion. They combined all this knowledge and composed their own raps. With a focus on technology, students created their own backing tracks using the GarageBand software and rehearsed and recorded their raps on iPads. Check out some of these skillzz yo!
Mira, Ruby, Sienna, Clarisse
Isabelle, Ella, Akira, Ivy
Edwin, Max, Leo, Thomas C
Ben, Thomas H, Kiam, Lili
Bili, Harrison, Sean
Violet, Anna, Henry, Arel
Claire, Zoe, Dulcie, Stacey
Dom, Connor, Odin, Anton
Maggie, Yasmin, Mitchell, Angus
Caspian, Winnie, Sunday, EJ
Sean, Luke, Thomas, Raymond
Milla, Harriet, Elliott, Herb
Alice L, Grace, Itana, Abby
Sam, Cooper, Otto, Finn E
Kisha, Darcy, Ellison, Amir
Lulu, Kleo, Jessie, Josh, Ruby
Quinn, Winter, Kyan, Riley
Alice H, Verity, Ellis, Finn B
Henry, Lily, Gus, Malachy
Emily, Nishi, Izzy, Sarah
Theo, Tom H, Ben, Beck
Paige, Delia, Caitlin, Taylah
Josh, Zac, Connor, Kes, Joe
Lucas, Thomas G, Tinu, Charlotte
Emily, Poppy, Bella, Ella
Mia F, Anine, Chloe, Niamh
Archer, Josh, Charlie, Matteo
Mia P, Eve, Acacia
Reilly, Connor, Evan
Taj, Thomas, Liam, Gilbert
This term Grade 3 and 4 students have been working in small groups to write and perform their own raps. They used a template to structure their composition and had to rehearse and perform their rap to a backing track. Grade 3 students focused on performance and Grade 4 students focused on recording using the GarageBand software and created their own backing tracks.