We in Year 4 have been having a fabulous time learning to play various tunes on the glockenspiel this term.
Following the Charanga music scheme has allowed to become more knowlegable about both the theory and language of music, whilst having fun playing various musical pieces such as ‘DEF-inately’, ‘What’s Up?’ and ‘Strictly D’ to name but a few.
We are currently learning and perfecting a traditional festive tune so… watch this space!
Year 4 were very lucky to have been visited by students from the Hull University Music department. In collaboration with the Hull Music Hub, they delivered a workshop to our the children about sound and music. It was a fabulous end to their science topic about sound, and an excellent opportunity to use their knowledge to discover and investigate how science can be applied to real life, everyday things. The children were able to apply their understanding of sound to work out how each of the instruments worked and why they were making the different pitches. It was also an incredible opportunity for the children to see some real live musicians up close and have a play with the instruments.
Year 4 have been busy appraising music and learning new songs on the glockenspiel.
In celebration of black history month, we listened to and appraised ‘What a wonderful world’ by the black artist Louis Armstrong. We spoke a little about his history and when he wrote the song. We also discussed what it might have meant to music and black people back in the 60s.
There were mixed reviews, but the children are getting better at really listening to the music and talking about how as song is it made up.
The children then started learning a new song on the Glockenspiel, I wonder if you can tell which song it is from the video clip?
In F2 we have been celebrating black history month, by listening to black musicians from the past. We managed to learn some of the songs and had a good dance. Click the link below to take a look at what we learnt.
In Y1 we have started to learn to play the Boomwhackers and found out they are percussion instruments.
First, we observed that all of the tubes were not only different colours but were all different sizes and they all made different noises when we hit them against a hard surface. We learned that vibrations made the Boomwhackers make a noise. The larger Boomwhackers vibrate at a lower frequency so make lower pitch whereas the shorter ones vibrate quicker and therefore make a higher pitch.
Then, we appraised a version of ‘Old Town Road’ that was performed using these instruments – we all thought it was great and sang along! When we watched closely we observed that all of the musicians hit a different colour Boomwhacker to make the tune. We soon found out that when the Boomwhackers are banged all at once and constantly it makes a very lound noise and no tune at all! Mrs Yardley had a headache!
We looked at scales and found out when we hit the Boomwhackers in order of length it made a scale of increasing levels of pitch! We practised and had fun!
This week, Y4 were VERY excited to start their Djembe unit in music. We started by watching a video of a wedding in Mali where these traditional African drums were being played. We then got to grips with the instrument, discussing the different parts like the skin and exploring how we can produce different percussive sounds by hitting it in different places.
We then played different high and low notes in a four beat bar. To make it harder, children then had to listen and copy the different bars one after another (see the video!). We finished by attempting a Djembe call and reply. This was a tricky exercise where all players hold a steady pulse, one player beats a ‘call’ to which everyone else replies and then falls back into the steady rhythm. Our call was “We want you, we want you” with a reply of “We want you as a new recruit” Watch the video to see how it well children beat the syllables!