May 11

Grade 1 – Compositions

We have been working hard in Grade 1 to learn our note names and note values. To finish our unit, we had a go at being composers and writing our own music! We then tried to play our music on the xylophones…it was a little tricky! 

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April 19

KG2

We have been learning about music in the past and learning what popular music is. We have sung popular songs from the 50s, 60s, 80s and 90s!

We have been talking about music videos and why they make a singer/band more popular. 

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Listen to KG2SD practicing Frank Sinatra’s popular song, ‘New York, New York’. New York Video

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April 19

Grade 1

We are beginning to know the names of the notes of the music staff and some of their note values. We are learning how to play different rhythms on the xylophones. Music staff values

Let’s practice our note names!

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We made our own rhythm caterpillars!

April 19

Grade 2

We have been learning about the music staff, the notes that live on it and the note values. We have been playing the xylophone and learning about different time signatures. 

Music staff values 4 5 6 We can’t wait to show you our xylophone playing at student conferences!

April 10

Composer of the Month – Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten

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What can you find out about him?

Bring your information to your music class ready to share with your classmates. Don’t forget, you should be able to read your own work! 

Where was he born?

When was he born?

What instrument did he play?

What was Britten’s first paid job? 

What are the names of some of his music pieces?

Don’t forget to visit www.classicsforkids.com to help you answer these questions. 

March 1

Composer of the Month – Franz Schubert

It is that time again, a new composer for the month of March!

Schubert

What can you find out about him?

Bring your information to your music class ready to share with your classmates. Don’t forget, you should be able to read your own work! 

Where was he born?

When was he born?

As well as playing many instruments, what else did Schubert do really well?

What was special about the whole Schubert family?

How many songs did he write?

What were some of his famous pieces?

http://www.classicsforkids.com/composers/bio.asp?id=65

February 24

Grade 1 – Music Appreciation

In Grade 1 over the last couple of weeks, we have been talking about and learning music from different cultures. We are learning to show appreciation for music from around the world. See below for some examples of the songs we have been learning.

The Riddle Song – This is a song from the Appalachian Mountains (USA) and is made up of riddles! 

The Riddle Song

Hill and Gully – A song from the Caribbean – This is a call and response song so is sung in 2 parts

Hill and Gully

Musunde Hiraite – A Japanese song for children – It is about opening, closing and clapping hands 

Musunde Hiraite