Category Archives: Music

New song: “I Wanna Play in a Band”

Today in Music we started to learn a new song called I Wanna Play in a Band. We started the lesson listening to Queen’s We Will Rock You. We could barely keep still! We were clapping and moving and some of us were even singing. This is rock music which is the same style as the one we are learning.

We learnt to sin the song, played our imaginary instruments and even started to improvise by making up our own verses. We had excellent ideas! We are going to learnt to play the glockenspiel parts and then will add a video so keep checking the blog.

Singing ‘Ho Ho Ho’

In Music this week we continued to work on our song Ho Ho Ho! We now know all the words for the singing part and are beginning to get better at the rap. This week we added glockenspiels to the musical interlude section of the song. Considering it was our first lesson with the glockenspiels we were very good!

We have also been continuing to work on our concentration skills as this is our focused behaviour for learning this half term. Over the last few weeks we have worked on our concentration by playing memory games. This week we started with practising some tongue twisters. It was very tricky! We really had to concentrate on saying the correct words. Then we played Jenga in groups. We really had to concentrate on what we were doing to make sure the tower didn’t fall. We think we are getting better at concentrating and are putting it into practise in our lessons.

Short and longs sounds

In our Music lesson today we learnt more about beat and rhythm and particularly focused on short and long sounds. We practised copying rhythms made from short and long sounds then invented some symbols for writing our rhythms down. We then created our own sequence of long and short sounds and recorded them. We worked in pairs to practise guessing games and playing each other’s sequences.

Listening to and evaluating music

Today we enjoyed our first real Music lesson. We started by listening and evaluating a piece of music called March past of the kitchen utensils. We had excellent ideas about what the music might be about and were able to name some of the instruments which were playing.

Miss Williams then taught us boom-chicka-boom as a warm up chant and we loved it! Next we explored the difference between beat and rhythm. We then practised two songs that we learnt last week; A plate of potatoes and How many people here for dinner? Both of these songs helped us to practise beat and rhythm.

Finally we listened to a song called Grandpa’s strolling down the avenue. It was an interesting song because the first verse was very slow, then the next verse and little faster and the last verse very fast. First we practised clapping along to the beat and then we moved around the classroom to the beat. We were very good at it and are looking forward to next week’s lesson.

Art Week – Jackson Pollock

This morning we launched our special Arts week. We are studying ‘Mural’ by Jackson Pollock.

We looked at it together and shared our first impressions:

We also listened to a piece of Music called ‘Music for Jackson Pollock’. This is what we thought:

Sophie – I didn’t like it to start with because it was a bit boring but as more sounds started in the middle part I started to enjoy it.
Ruby – I heard some crunchy sounds. I thought it was quite relaxing.
Elliott – I thought it was quite funny because it was strange. I’ve never heard a piece of Music like it before.
Yusif – I thought it sounded like birds.
Rubi – I closed my eyes and I could imagine birds hopping in a happy family nest.
Poppy – I didn’t like the beginning because it reminded me of thunder.

We then experimented with our own Jackson Pollock style art. We took our pencil for a walk! Jackson Pollock listened to Jazz Music while he worked so we did the same while we walked our pencil. Once we had lots of different shapes we used different media to colour them in using patterns. We used felt tips, wax crayons, pencil crayons, oil pastels and chalk pastels. Here are some photos of how we are getting on. Check back later for final pieces.

Our favourite music

In Music today we listened to different types of music and shared our opinions of them. We expressed our opinions through drawing or writing. It was very interesting to listen to different types of music. We listened to ragtime music ‘The Entertainer’, classical music ‘Hungarian Dance’ by Brahms, Musical music ‘When I Grow Up’ and reggae music ‘Three Little Birds’. At the end we had to decide which was our favourite and why.

This was the results of our vote:
The Entertainer – 3
Hungarian Dance – 1
When I grow up – 5
Three Little Birds – 15

This is what we thought:

Video: Rhythm and pulse

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In our Music lessons this half term we are learning about rhythm and pulse. We are continuing to enjoy learning new songs but are particularly excited to be learning how to play a glockenspiel. So far we have learnt how to hold the beater, where the notes are and how they are organised according to pitch. We have been learning a song that we half rap/chant and half sing. We are using this song to practise playing the note of E on our glockenspiel. Last week we found it easy to play on the beat when counting but very difficult to play when the song was playing. This week we practised more and have really improved. We hope you enjoy watching our performance.

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Video: Following instructions to sing

Today the sweet sound of Music could be heard from Toucans classroom! We enjoyed our second Music lesson of the year today. We were learning about the pulse and following instructions for how and when to sing and playing instruments.

First we warmed up our voices with Boom-Chicka-Boom… we loved it! We then practised singing a song called ‘Music is in me’. We had to split into two groups and follow the instruction on when to sing. It was tricky at first but the more we practised, the better we got. We then practised playing the pulse on our instruments. We played a game with Miss Williams as a warm up and then started to play to the pulse of a new song we are learning called ‘Uncle Tom’.

We hope you enjoy the video of us singing our song and please do check back next week to see us playing our instruments also.