4S clarinet players and 4M trumpet players had the most amazing day at the WCETs (whole class ensemble teaching) festival. It was the best festival yet - loads of instrumental ensemble playing and singing, all to a live band! Congratulations, SCMS, and thank you for all your hard work.
Suffolk County Music Services tutors, Mr Whiteman and Mr McDowell, have been teaching the classes all year. The festival is a celebration of how much they have achieved. Several schools come together, with the instruments they have been learning - other schools brought cellos, cornets, Bb clarinets, etc.
We have really enjoyed the South American theme this year - the songs were so much fun! The children learned to play accompaniments to the songs. Parents and carers were invited to come and listen to two concerts during the day, and were very impressed by how we performed. We were really proud of the behaviour of the children on the day, and how they performed. Well done, year 4. I hope you will continue to enjoy music in the future.
Enjoy our photos, and listen to our music!
What a fabulous day we had! We were so lucky to have the opportunity to go to the Royal Opera House, in Covent Garden, London, to see the incredible ballet "Romeo and Juliet", performed by the Royal Ballet. This really was a "once in a lifetime" experience we will never forget.
The children were incredible - a real credit to the school - and made a long trip most enjoyable. They have been working on Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare in Literacy. In music lessons they have been introduced to the ballet composed by Prokofiev and choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan, learning about -
Here are some of the comments from the children after enjoying the performance:
"I liked the sword fighting, as they used real swords"
"I enjoyed the end ... Romeo really loved Juliet, and killed himself for Juliet ...... I found it really romantic"
"when you watch it, you see how flexible the dancers are"
"I wasn't expecting how Mercutio died, because I though he would just die straight away, but Tybalt stabbed him in the side, and after a while he pointed at Romeo and Tybalt, then died"
"My favourite character was Tybalt, because he had a lot of expression, and I liked the way he presented this towards the audience"
"I really liked when I came up the stairs into the theatre for the first time, because it was amazing! I like how it was all gold and posh!!"
"I liked seeing the fast dancing, and hearing the violins"
"I was surprised that all the dancers were really good and spectacular"
In year 6 this term we have been learning how to use the iPad app, GarageBand.
We worked, mostly with a partner, to create a piece of music based on instruments in a rock band. We learned how to record using -
We really enjoyed learning these new skills, and have put a few of our tracks here for you to listen to.
Mr Bentley and Mrs Jones are starting a boys only choir! We think that boys at our school are great at performing and singing, and we want a club JUST for you! the club will be on Mondays after school until 4.30pm, starting next term on Monday 29th April.
If you are in years 3, 4, 5 or 6 and you would like to join -
come to 4B on Friday 22nd March at lunchtime for an audition.
Learn the song "Consider Yourself", which comes from the musical "Oliver!"
The lyrics (song words) are printed below, so sing along with the YouTube song, and learn the lyrics. You can even download them and print them out!
It is sung by the artful dodger, who is a real character. You can even watch a clip from the original film at the bottom of the page.
1 Consider yourself at home,
Consider yourself one of the family.
I’ve taken to you so strong,
It’s clear – we’re – going to get along.
2 Consider yourself well in,
Consider yourself part of the furniture.
There isn’t a lot to spare;
Who cares? What – ever we’ve got we share.
If it should chance to be
we should see some harder days,
Empty larder days, why grouse?
Always a chance we’ll meet somebody to foot the bill.
Then the drinks – are – on – the house.
Consider yourself our mate,
We don’t want to have no fuss.
For after some consideration, we can state:
Consider yourself one of us.
On Thursday, 7th March, our Handchime club, "The Rushmere Ringers", performed in a concert at Snape Maltings. We have only been playing for a few months. We also played Boomwhackers!
You need to develop great skills of concentration and counting in order to be able to read the music and play well.
We performed -
Somewhere only we Know
Carol of the Bells
Maja and Latia introduced our part of the concert, with the spotlight FULL on them! We all worked brilliantly as a team.
For some of us, it was the FIRST time we had ever performed on a stage in front of so many people. The teachers were immensely proud of our achievement. It is something we will remember for a very long time.
Enjoy our photographs and read what we thought about the concert!
Here are the backing tracks to help you when you practise your accompaniments! Good luck!
Remember - practise makes PROGRESS!!
Introduction and Highwayman
Slash and Burn
A Hundred Years
We studied these paintings by WWII war artists. Then we chose 3 things in the paintings to include in a musical composition. We had to consider these musical elements -
A lead composer organised a group of musicians, and conducted their performance.
Here are some of their performances for you to listen to!
Mrs Jones - Music Teacher