15 year 5 musicians signed up for recorder ensemble lessons on Friday afternoons!
We will be learning in small groups so that the children get as much personal tuition as possible.
On Friday, 14th October, we made a great start on descant (soprano) recorders; once the children have mastered the fingering of the descant and can read music more comfortably, we will be moving on to try the tenor recorder and the treble (alto) too. This will add some great harmony to our playing.
Lessons will be rotated, so that children do not miss the same class lesson every week. Children will be taking instruments home to practise during the week.
Our aim is to be able to perform in a Christmas concert!
Recorders come in different shapes and sizes!
Year 4 classes had a fantastic time at Snape Maltings today! It was a concert organised by Music For Youth. We heard music by young musicians - a big band, a symphony orchestra, an acapella singing group and a junior school who sang and played ukuleles and ocarinas. It was inspirational!
Springwood Big Band
The Royal Hospital School Acapella group, CONCEPT
Chelmsford High School Symphony Orchestra
We were invited to a workshop run by the famous "Swingle Singers". They sang for us, and taught us some music games. We also learned to work together to produce rhythms. It was a great afternoon! Thank you, Ipswich School.
The Swingle Singers are an acapella group, meaning that they sing without instruments. They even make up their own percussion sounds with their voices to accompany themselves. Listen to the audio file below to sample their amazing singing.
The classes have been studying the ballet "La Fille Mal Gardee" this term. It starts with a chicken dance so ........
year six have been working in groups to choreograph their own chicken dance to the music of the ballet. They had to decide how to organise the group, who would be the cockerel, and what movements they would incorporate. Their performances were brilliant - well done year 6!
Mr Rix and Miss Steward acted as judges (Darcey and Bruno)!
We had an amazing trip to London this week! We were SO lucky to get tickets to the schools' matinee performance of the ballet "La Fille Mal Gardee" - a ballet set in the Suffolk countryside, choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton, who lived in Eye. The children have been learning about the ballet in music lessons in preparation, and have been choreographing their own versions of the Chicken Dance (which starts the ballet), ready to send their videos to Covent Garden!!
Here's what we thought of the production!
Mrs Jones - Music Teacher