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.