This term, students from Grades 3 and 4 have had the opportunity to come along to Open Mic club one lunchtime a week. This is a club set-up to give students that are interested in music or any performing arts area (we’ve had dance and even some comedy routines) a chance to build their confidence and try new things in front of an audience. Students can participate in Open Mic club by performing or just come along as an audience member and enjoy the show!
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, Grade 3 and 4 students learnt more about the ukulele and worked on popular Australian song ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy. Changing chords can be tricky, so we used sticker dots to help us find the chord shapes more easily. We even had a go at playing along to the backing track and singing the song. Practise, practise, practise!
In Term 2, Grade 1 and 2 students learnt the African greeting song ‘Funga Alafia’. They worked on different parts of the song and then added them together as a whole class arrangement. They learnt the singing part with the actions, the body percussion part and how to play the melody on a tuned percussion instrument.
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:
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: