Year 5/6 and Year 6 have done some super work in music this half term. We started off the unit listening to Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorsky and used this as a vocabulary source. How did the music convey the mood? What pictures did they imagine?
From this we scoured some books of famous art works and picked our own music stimuli. We thought up vocabulary (my favourites were a sombre looking lady, a tranqil sea and mournful when looking at a bunch of poppies).
From this we had the rhythm challenge. To compose and notate a rhythm to reflect our piece. Some chosen quite pounding regular rhythms. Others chose a very sparse texture.
The following week we looked at composing a melody using glockenspiels. The children used techniques such as rising and decending scales to show water movement and space to provide reflective silence.
Finally we put all our ideas together with different instruments and used a graphic score to record and follow our compositions.
Well done Y5/6 and Year 6. for all their hard work. Lets see them in action!
Searching for images
Agreeing on an image
Sharing our ideas with the group
Composing a melody
Creating a polyphonic texture with two melodies
Writing our rhythms
Writing and composing rhythms
Deciding on a melody
Putting it all together with a graphic score
Another graphic score in action
Zach discovering that you need a string for a triangle!
Steel Pan Club runs after school on a Tuesday with Miss Henstock and is open to all of Years 5 and 6. Here is our new band this year who are picking up their tunes at super fast speed. In just 3 or 4 weeks we’ve mastered setting up, a range of different chords, Largo New World, Mockingbird and even got the chords down for Away in a manger on the up. Watch this space for news of performances!
We are Kady, Leon, Ismael, Joe, Delaney, Karandeep, Khyann and normally with a Philippa!
I have a FANTASTIC new group of children who are very talented at Steel Pans and I can’t wait to get them ready for their first performance this year. We’ve been looking at some key skills in chord changing, playing in unison and also call and response while having a lot of fun in the process. We’ve already nailed Largo New World in just 2 rehearsals.
Mrs Stott has also been overwhelmed with recorders! 32 pupils from Years 3 and 4 (Over 1/4 of the year) want to get tooting so we’ve had to expand the club because of the demand. I look forward to hearing your tooting tunes soon!
Young Voices will be starting up soon so keep your eyes peeled and warm up your vocal chords!