In Term 4, Prep students explored Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories and music. They played and composed simple rhythms on the Aboriginal clap sticks and experimented with using symbols to represent long and short sounds. Preps created an animal soundscape based on the book ‘An Australian 1,2,3 of Animals’ by Indigenous Australian artist Bronwyn Bancroft. Here are some examples:
In Term 4, Grade 5 and 6 students explored Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music by analysing modern Indigenous songs and their significance in Australian culture. They learned the song ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ through student-led workshops using voice, keyboard, guitar and percussion to arrange, rehearse and perform the song as a class.
During our unit on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, Grade 1 and 2 worked on the song Belle Mama. They added the actions to the song and also practised singing it in a ’round’. Here is a sample:
This term, Grade 3 and 4 students have been exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music. They learned the song ‘Taba Naba’ from the Torres Strait Islands and performed it along with the accompanying ‘sit-down’ dance. Here are some examples:
The 5/6 Rock Band and Senior Vocal Ensemble have worked super hard this year on building a repertoire of songs and performing some fantastic concerts. They really had a chance to shine at the Bell Primary School 90th Community Celebration – congratulations to all these talented students!
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!
In Term 3, Grade 1 and 2 students began learning the ukulele. Students found out about the history of the instrument and explored different chords and strumming patterns. They learnt how to play the song ‘The Funky Fish’ and got to choose which parts they felt most comfortable playing. Here’s a sample of the action!
As part of the Term 3 music program, Prep students learnt about melody and how to identify patterns in music. They performed Hot Cross Buns for their class and even got to compose their own melodies. Here are some examples of their amazing playing!
The Senior Vocal Ensemble from Bell Primary School is the first school choir to feature in the Australian Music Vault (AMV) Choir project! If you’ve been to The Arts Centre Melbourne recently you might have noticed the new permanent exhibition – the Australian Music Vault – which celebrates the achievements of Australian pop and rock music. There’s Kylie, Barnesy, Split Enz (ok, not Australian), their instruments, songlists and stories. In addition to the exhibition, the AMV has developed special education resources for schools to use to promote singing and Australian music. Bell Primary is one of the first schools in the country to make the most of this amazing opportunity. Using the AMV resources, the Senior Vocal Ensemble rehearsed and performed “Diamonds” by Sia. Their performance was excellent, so good in fact that The Arts Centre Melbourne has featured it on their website! This is an exciting opportunity for our students to make real-world connections with their learning and showcase their talents to a wider audience. Check it out for yourself! Please visit the following link to view the amazing performance: