Continuing our work on Colonel Haithi’s march, this week we looked at applying our skills of finding and maintaining the beat to the untuned percussion instruments. We worked hard to keep in time with each other and only play our instruments on the correct beat. Once we had had a go at marching on the spot with our instruments, we went on a march around the classroom! We then decided to go on a march around school, playing our instruments and counting the beat like the elephants did on the original video. It was extremely fun and the further we got round school, the more united we sounded in our time-keeping. Great work Crew Marsh! 🥁
We have been looking at Colonel Haithi’s March from The Jungle Book in our music lessons. It is a really good piece of music to begin learning about different instruments and finding the beat. We listened to the track and began to find the beat by tapping our knees in time to the elephants counting 1-2-3-4. It was great when we all found our rhythm and started to tap totally in time with one another! We decided to build on this by marching on the spot, making sure that each step was in time. We were really good at this! We finished off by discussing what trombones are and how they were used in this piece of music to sound like an elephant. We looked at how they are played, and the musical ‘family’ they fall into.
This week we have continued our exploration of ‘Hey, Mr Miller’. We started by completing a vocal warm up focusing on scales and arpeggios – this helped us to exercise, not only our vocal chords, but also our facial muscles and mouth.
We looked at the word rhythms of select lines from the song, and working in small groups, clapped out the rhythm being sure to think about any pauses, as well as working hard to ensure each member of the group was in time. Once we had practised in our groups, we layered each of the lines so that every group was performing at the same time. We then added in the element of untuned percussion instruments in place of clapping the rhythm to create an ostinato. We worked well in our groups to make sure that every member was in time – it was tricky but the more we practised, the better it sounded! It was really lovely to see some children naturally falling into the role of a conductor, ensuring everyone knew what they were doing and that everyone stayed in time. Special shout out to Lydia B who did a fantastic job of conducting her group, whilst also playing her instrument at the same time!
Such engagement in our music lesson this morning 🙂
Crew Boswell are really enjoying their weekly guitar lessons 🎸They are learning new cords every week.
This week we have been looking at how sound effects are made for cartoons and films. We talked about the ways in which different sound effects are applied usually after something has been filmed and then added to enhance certain noises. We thought about how we could create our own storyboard of something funny happening and how different sound effects could give those moments a ‘slap-stick’ feel. We also started thinking about instruments or objects in the classroom that might be able to make that sound.
During recorders, we were introduced to the note A. We looked at where we need to place our fingers before practising call-and-response style activities with Miss McGlone, playing different rhythms of the note A. We then took our new knowledge and played a piece called ‘Amazing Aeroplane’. ✨
This week we had a snapshot lesson – a lesson in the middle of the unit to assess how well we can apply the skills we have worked on so far to another piece of music. We began by looking at the length of phrases within the song and worked on finding a beat using body percussion (tapping knees and shoulders). We then looked at each of the words, practised saying the words first before adding the melody and thinking about the pitch of each note. Once we confident in this, we then moved on to combining all the elements and began to sing in unison trying to get the correct notes. As a challenge, we then turned the song into a call-and-response song (just like the song we are looking at during this unit – I’ve Been to Harlem). We split into 2 groups and practised where group 1 started singing the song before group 2 started singing. It worked extremely well and sounded lovely once we had mastered it!
During recorders, we were introduced to the note A. We looked at where we need to place our fingers before practising call-and-response style activities with Miss McGlone, playing different rhythms of the note A. We then took our new knowledge and played a piece called ‘Amazing Aeroplane’. Some people were even brave enough to place the piece on their own in front of the rest of their crew, with praise and wonders being given after their performance! ✨
In Year 1, we have added untuned percussion instruments to the song we have been learning ‘The Menu Song’. We listened carefully to instructions and found the beat to the song and first showed this by clapping our hands in time. We then moved on to finding the beat with the percussion instruments, and we even pushed ourselves to try singing at the same time! It was tricky, but we are already looking forward to practising again next week and getting even better! ✨
Today we have taken our song ‘Tony Chestnut’ and looked at how to play a call and response melody on the glockenspiel. We made sure that we knew the sequence of the notes we needed to play and practised repeatedly. Miss McGlone started the piece by playing the ‘call’ part of the melody and we then played the ‘response’ part as a crew. We showed great resilience when practising to perform together and gave critique on what we did well and what we needed to do better next time. The end product sounded amazing and we can’t wait to get even better next week and add in singing whilst we are playing too! ✨