It’s all systems go in Performing Arts this term as we wind up another big year of making sense of the world of sound around us. Various classes are seeing the fruits of several months’ labour as they complete long-term projects covering composition (Grade 1), learning recorder for the first time (Grade 4), and learning an arrangement of Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ for the classroom instruments (Grades 5 and 6).
It’s been a musicianship-and-physical-coordination mashup for Grade 3 this year as the children have come to grips with the finer points of using our classroom barred instruments (xylophones, metallophones and chime bars). Whilst learning correct mallet technique and care of the instruments, Grade 3s have learned about ostinati (repeated figures) and borduns (bass ostinati patterns), and practised solo improvisation. They are dab hands at carefully removing bars to make a pentatonic (five note) scale, and they can tell you that in a pentatonic scale, all the note combinations sound great!
This term Grade 2 children have expanded their understanding of rhythmic notation to include semiquavers (takateke). They have used the singing game ‘Tideo’ to explore movement, to represent rhythmic patterns with their bodies and with objects, and to identify melodic contours. Their singing sounds fantastic!
Our Preps have matured into confident and capable musical explorers. The development of their listening, movement and singing skills has been a delight to witness. The Preps’ beautiful singing will be on display at our Fun, Food and Carols night on Thursday December 3rd, when (as tradition dictates) they sing ‘Away in a Manger’ for the school community. It would be great to see as many people as possible joining us to sing Christmas carols. We have the great good fortune to have the Australian Youth Band playing while we sing; please come along, have a sing, and soak up some Christmas cheer!