Term 4 Week 7

Hi All,
What a term…
The students have been so awesome and patient during the rehearsing and filming of the many EOY concert shows over the past few weeks.
We only have a few scenes left to film and the editing is well underway.

So, these are the other activities we are currently working on:
Years R-2 – we are looking at Diwali, one of the major Hindu festivals that “symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance” (Wikipedia). There is much singing and dancing associated with Diwali and the students will be learning a song and dance as well as learning about Indian instruments and cultural significance.
Diwali – Joy!

Year 3-7 – we have been learning a stick percussion piece written by Kaboom Percussion. Students can access this through Google Classroom (please let me know if have any difficulties).
We have also been learning the song and stick actions for Sarasponda, a Dutch spinning song. Students can use any sticks: chopsticks, pencils etc.
This is the link: Sarasponda

Term 3 Week 8

Hi All,
This is the link to our listening piece of music for this week:
Pokemon Theme – Kaboom Percussion

Kat and Josh are from Perth, Western Australia, and formed Kaboom Percussion in 2014. They have recorded many song covers and original songs that can be found on YouTube, using ‘proper’ percussion instruments as well as Body Percussion, cups, sticks, PET bottles, etc…

This is a link to the ‘bloopers’ which shows some of the issues that occurred…
Pokemon Theme Bloopers

Reception students have been doing pitch, beat and rhythm activities with the Nursery Rhymes they have been learning in class. Over the past few weeks, they have been learning to sing the rhymes using different dynamics (forte – loud and piano – soft) and tempo (allegro – fast & lively and adagio – slow).

Year 1 & 2 students have been learning the song Sarasponda which has a stick routine to do while they sing. They have also been learning to sing the song using different dynamics (forte – loud and piano – soft) and tempo (allegro – fast & lively and adagio – slow).
This is the link to a routine that is almost the same as what they have been learning:

Year 3-4/5 students have started learning about the musical alphabet (ABCDEFG) and singing the words they create using the correct pitch. They are learning the song Cabbage Cafe to help with this.

Year 5/6-6/7 students have started learning a stick percussion piece written by Kaboom Percussion – Double Trouble . They are learning the different techniques and patterns in the song which they will rehearse and perform in groups of 4-6. A link to a performance of the song is in Google Classroom.

Term 3 Week 7

Hi All,
This is the link for our listening this week.
We’ve listened to a couple of pieces by J.S. Bach. This week we have his Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1: Prelude, which has been added to…
“Bach was an amazing composer — one of the best that ever lived. He wasn’t the greatest with titles though (smile)… As a consequence, no one can ever remember his Cello Suite’s name…so when I’m asked to perform his piece people always say, ‘hey, can you play that … um … that cello song?’ And so in Bach’s honour I name this adaptation of his amazing composition after what it has been naturally called for hundreds of years. Thanks for listening!” -Steven Sharp Nelson
The Cello Song

Term 3 Week 6

Hi All,
This week we’re listening to some Mozart via flashmob in Havana – in the style of a Cuban Mamba.
Mozart y Mambo

This is the original:
Mozart Horn Concerto K447 3rd movt.

Reception students learned to sing the song Fruity Samba with actions. They also had a sock puppet party where they had to introduce their puppet and it’s favourite party food.

Year 1&2 students have been exploring voice expression while practising their sock puppet dialogues with a partner.

Year 3-4/5 students have been looking at issues concerning the River Murray from different perspectives and being in the Hotseat (answering questions in character).

Year 5/6 & 6/7 students have been rehearsing and performing their monologues.

Term 3 Week 5

Hi All,
Our Music listening this week focuses on the element of texture – How many layers? How many instruments? Are they all the same? Are they all playing the same or different music?
We’re listening to the Italian guitar quartet 40 Fingers.
Vivaldi – Storm

Reception and Year 1 & 2 students are continuing to develop character through their work with puppets.
Students are currently preparing a short mime with a prop to perform to the class. They have been discussing and practising how to manipulate their puppet to convey character and mood (body language and movement).

Year 3, 3/4 and 4/5 students have been learning about the Elements of Drama through tableau and miming actions and objects. We have been working with a river theme, specifically the River Murray.
This week we are reading the story River Boy and discussing some of the environmental issues. In Week 6, students will be creating short skits regarding some of these issues to perform to their class.

Year 5/6 and 6/7 students have been learning about the Elements of Drama with mime and monologues. Students have chosen one of four monologues to rehearse and present to their class in Week 6. We have been discussing using the voice to convey character and emotion through pitch, volume and speed. Students have been experimenting with dramatic pauses, movement/gesture and eye contact.

Term 3 Weeks 3&4 – Reception, Years 1 & 2

Hi All,

Music can often tell or help you visualise a scene or an image. The Week 3 Listening Activity was to think about what might be happening in the film or on stage while this music is playing.
An American in Paris

While listening, and not watching, the following music, students had to think about where this was recorded and what instrument is being played.
Forest Xylophone
Forest Xylophone – Behind the Scenes

Drama: Students are using sock puppets and ball puppets to have conversations and perform a short mime. They are exploring how they can use their voices to show emotion, communicate and tell story. They are also developing skills in reading and using body language through the use of puppets.

You might like to ask them to show you some of the ways they can manipulate a puppet.

Happy playing!

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