We are working hard rehearsing for our spring concert where we will be playing 'Canon in D' and 'Ode to joy'. Please enjoy our rehearsal videos . . .
MUSIC - JANUARY UPDATE
We have been looking at musical notes and writing music in nursery this term. Writing music is really important to help children understand music when it comes to them playing and learning an instrument.
The boys will be rehearsing weekly to prepare for our spring concert coming up. We have been preparing two pieces ‘Lean on me’ and ‘Stand by me’. We are very much looking forward to their debut performance!
Year 2 and Year 3:
In Years 2 and 3 we have been working on major and minor scales. We have been learning to change from one to the other. Below you can see Year 2 working on C minor and Year 3 working on E and D major.
Key Stage 1 Enrichment Club:
I have started a Key Stage 1 enrichment club to help the younger children to learn to read and write music. My aim is that the children will develop their understanding of music ready for instrumental lessons from HMS in year 3. They learn to write a part of the song and then play it on the glockenspiels. At the end of the club we a do a quiz to see how much we have learnt. I am already really impressed with their progress, very much looking forward to seeing how good their notation writing skills will be by the end of the year!
Year 6 Gifted and Talented:
Two of the gifted and talented students in music have showed interest in teaching. They had planned and delivered a lesson in music writing to our nursery children. These skills are so important to any musician as it is inevitable for them to teach at some point in their career. They both performed exceptionally well and we were particularly impressed with how they spoke to children, simplifying sentences down and picking key information out to help them learn.
HMS String Lessons:
The string ensemble are seen practising two pieces ready for our spring concert coming up. They have been seen to be playing with lego too, which is a fantastic way for children to learn and understand major and minor scales. This group will be going to the string festival with HMS in the spring term.
MUSIC - GIFTED & TALENTED - January 2019
Music gifted and talented students have been helping the nursery children to draw their notes. This is a brilliant opportunity for up coming musicians to have a head start in teaching younger children.
Teaching music is always going to be a required skill of any musician, so this workshop with nursery will definitely have boosted confidence in skills other than playing and theory. By the end of the session a considerable number of nursery pupils could draw middle C.
A CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Our first mass showcase in the church with both the 60 strong choir and 30 orchestra. The programme was varied with solo, ensemble, vocal, instrumental and mass performances throughout. The children's hard work an enthusiasm for music shone through in this wonderful family event. From 'The Holly And The Ivy' to 'I Got rhythm' the children thoroughly enjoyed the performance and we had a massive turnout from parents supporting them.
The standard of the orchestra playing their party piece 'Ode To Joy' a Beethoven number, was really good and will only keep improving throughout the academic year. The orchestra resonated in the church giving a massive finale piece to finish on with the choir filling up the church.
CHRISTMAS COMPOSITION COMPETITION
Our winner of the 'Christmas, Composition, Competition' played their Christmas No.1 and will shortly be getting recorded. Miss Smith is always encouraging children to be creative with their own material and this was taken on board by two boys who merged their songs together to create a ballad, so they just had to be the winning entry. Lots of other entries were of a high standard too, the children had put some time into making their lyrics fantastic to listen and read. And some of them had even written out the notation for their instrument melodies too.
GIFTED & TALENTED - THEORY TEST
In music gifted and talented we have been working on our grade 3 or grade 5 theory knowledge. I set them homework over the Christmas period to do a test paper and am extremely impressed with how quickly the children have progressed. Having marked their test papers I look forward to letting the parents know of children who will be ready to enter an exam this academic year. With more than 5 of the music gifted and talented students achieving a distinction in their theory mock!
Music - Gifted & Talented
I have started up a music gifted and talented group at Newton Farm School, as we have so many high achievers in music. Our aim is to encourage relevant pupils to enter a theory exam, ABRSM grade’s 1-5 next year. The grade 5 theory qualification can be used on children’s UCAS applications for their future years, hopefully as musicians.
Please see below a Y6 pupil reflection . . .
‘Every Wednesday afternoon Miss Smith has started up a music gifted and talented group, for children who excel at music. In this music group we have been learning the ABRSM grade 5 theory syllabus, which is a much higher standard of music teaching. The subjects we have covered so far are:
We greatly enjoy learning theory and new music terminology as it raises our chances of passing our exams in all subjects.'
The choir is 50 children strong, we will be rehearsing every week. In choir we will be working through many genres, but to start this term we have been working on a jazzy number, a George Gershwin piece called I got Rhythm. We’ve been working on 2 part harmony and will be showcasing this in our performance in the church on 14th Dec St Andrews church. Along with Christmas numbers, hymns and carols.
As you all know I was super keen to start up an orchestra at Newton Farm, we’ve had 3 week of trials, with 67 children volunteering themselves forward which is fantastic showing how eager Newton Farm are to become musicians. The players for orchestra have been finalised we will be working towards joining the choir for a few numbers for our Christmas Carol Concert on 14th Dec. We will showcase a piece we have been working on in orchestra too, ‘Ode to joy’.
Music Instrument lessons
Peripatetic music teachers from HMS take groups of children to have lessons in violin, steel pans and guitar. Any children who are doing really well on their instruments get chosen to play in our award assembly on Friday’s.
Music Reading and writing club have been looking at lots of different pieces. Every week we go over the cleff, key signature and time signature first and then we start to draw our notes. We have a street we draw out that helps us to remember where the notes sit. If a note is sharp or flat we colour in a window in the house either on the left or on the right. If we are playing a piece of music it is important to know what key it is in and if that key is major or minor. The children will be able to work it out looking at the notes that make up the tonic chord. We have been looking at quite a few different pieces including star wars, harry potter, oh when the saints and Havana. Each week they write a small section of their music and the rest is printed out for them.
Music Showcase Assembly
We have a budding musician in Year 6 who played/sung Galway Girl as we walked into assembly.
Year 6 can STOMP
Year 6 have been working on STOMP the musical. For those of you that don’t know stomp is a west end musical based all around a junk band. Year 6 were set the task of using 3 different types of physical rhythm. Singing, body percussion and junk instruments which they made at home. The piece of body percussion the class came up with was to a very high standard and after much practice came together beautifully in our showcase assembly. The piece consisted of three different rhythms played by three different groups, which they had composed and notated themselves, they build up everytime a group/rhythm is added. So effectively it sounded like a human drum kit.
Year 2 Musical Notes
Year 2 have been working on rhythm aswell using and introducing musical notes. We did this using musical ducks, we had grandad duck for 4 beats mummy duck for 2 beats, teenager duck for 1 beat and baby ducks for our quaver beats. After these were introduced we have begun to read music as a class recognising the musical notes and the lines or spaces they sit on. The classes both performed as a collective using their bodies and instruments. I am super impressed with year 2 and their ability to play in time to the beat. We did our performance to Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk, and it was a hit.