Year 3 have been listening to "Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saens this term.
They worked in small groups to compose their own Kangaroo music. They had to listen very carefully to each other! They also had to think about changing pitch, tempo and dynamics in their music.
Listen to their music!
Here are the words you need to learn for your choral performance, year 6.
He was a famous trumpet man from out Chicago way,
He had a “boogie” style that no one else could play.
He was the top man of his craft,
But then his number came up, and he was gone with the draft.
He’s in the army now,
He’s the boogie woogie bugle boy from Company B.
They made him blow a bugle for his Uncle Sam,
It really brought him down because he couldn’t jam.
The captain seemed to understand
Because the next day the “cap” went out and drafted a band,
And now the company jumps
When he plays reveille
He’s the boogie woogie bugle boy from Company B.
A toot! A toot! A toot diddle ah-da toot.
He blows it eight to the bar
In “boogie” rhythm.
He can’t blow a note unless a bass and guitar are playin’ with him.
He makes the company jump when he plays reveille,
He’s the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B!
This year, classes in year 4 are having instrument lessons every week. This is called WCETs - whole class ensemble teaching. The instruments are recorder, clarinet and trumpet. You can see some trumpet players learning to make a sound on their mouthpieces! It takes a lot of practice to learn an instrument. They are learning all kinds of musicianship skills too, which are going to be invaluable to our budding musicians.
Good luck, year 4. Enjoy your music lessons this year!
The school has been resounding with some AMAZING pieces by famous composers!
Year 3 are learning about "Carnival of the Animals" by the French composer, Camille Saint-Saens.
Year 5 are listening to "The Planets Suite" by Gustav Holst.
Year 6 are learning about big band music from the time of World War II, especially the music of Glenn Miller.
Check out some pieces here!
Year 4 have been working hard with their teachers to learn some part songs for a project run by Suffolk County Music Services called "Sing Suffolk". It was run to provide workshops to help class teachers learn to teach singing.
We all attended a final workshop and performance day at Colchester Road Baptist Church. The children were a real credit to the school, and so were our teachers!
Well done, 4HR, 4C, 4B and Mrs Harries, Mrs Casburn and Miss Bozier. You were all real stars!!
4HR and 4B had a BRILLIANT day at the Suffolk County Music Services WCETS Celebration day today!
WCETs stands for "whole class ensemble teaching", which means that a music tutor comes in every week for a year, and teaches the whole class a musical instrument.
There were several other schools at the Celebration, which took place at Colchester Road Baptist Church. The instruments that performed were:
French horns (4B)
We all rehearsed, and then performed to parents in the afternoon. Well done, year 4! We were really proud of you!
Many thanks to our wonderful SCMS tutors, Mr Taber and Mr Whiteman, for making it such a great day.
Suffolk will be alive with the delightful sounds of more than 3,000 young musicians, as Key Stage 2 pupils from primary schools across the county show off their talents to parents, carers, families and friends, celebrating their year of learning a musical instrument.
Children from 96 primary schools begin Suffolk County Music Service’s annual WCET Celebration week of events and between Monday 19 June and Friday 23 June, schools across the county will take part in singing activities and instrumental workshops.
Taught by County Music Service tutors in school, pupils play brass, wind, string, guitar, and percussion instruments. Each celebration will finish with a sharing concert, where all schools will play and sing together as part of a massed band and massed choir in front of an invited audience.
At Rushmere Hall, two classes from year 4, who have been learning clarinet and French horn with SCMS, will be taking part on Friday 23rd June. We can't wait!!!!
We have had great fun learning some Maypole dances in year 3! Learning to count in beats of 8 has really helped us understand the tunes. We have found out that it isn't as easy as it looks, but we have used our skills of listening, concentrating and working as a team to get it right!
We have been learning to play tuned instruments in 3 parts, using glockenspiels for marimbas.
Skills involved are -
using two hands (best if we stick to the same pattern each time!)
keeping the pulse
listening to each other
memorising the tune we each play
deciding in each of the 3 parts when to play and when to stop
Making our performance sound good takes heaps of concentration. Look at our photos, and see how hard we are concentrating!
All the year 4 classes are taking part in the Sing Suffolk project this term. They are busy learning some great songs with their class teachers, ready for a workshop on Thursday 25th May, and concert on 6th July.
Year 4 WCETs classes (4HR Clarinets and 4B French Horns) are working hard towards an exciting day at Colchester Road Baptist Church on 23rd June, where they will get to perform with children from other local schools. all the children there are taught by tutors from Suffolk County Music Services as whole classes. There will be a great variety of instruments!
There will be an orchestra day for 10 lucky musicians this term at Northgate. They will rehearse and perform orchestral pieces with children from other local primary schools, as well as some Northgate students. The date is yet to be confirmed.