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Year 5 have used what they have learnt to compose and perform short pieces of their own Egyptian music. They used the different musical elements of pitch, tempo, dynamics, duration, timbre, texture and structure.

Some Egyptian music is based on the pentatonic minor scale. This is a scale using 5 notes that sound good together. A minor scale is used in music that sounds somber and sad. A major scale is used in music which is happier and more cheerful. Listen out for the ostinato pattern in our compositions.

We thought carefully about the dynamics of our composition.

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Our composition...

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It was hard work...

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We had lots of fun...

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Have a listen...

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Year 4 have been learning about orchestra. They looked at the different sections and the instruments within them and worked on their listening skills to identify instruments using pitch and timbre to help them work out which instrument was playing. 
They created some rhythmic ostinatos that they clapped in groups and individually.

Year 5 listened to 'A Night on The Bare Mountain' by Mussorgsky, a Russian composer.

We thought about what images it put in our head and how the music made us feel. As we listened, we reflected on our thoughts and presented them as pieces of art.

Year 1

Composer: Edvard Greig

Suite: Peer Gynt

Musical Piece: In the Hall of the Mountain King

 

We listened to this piece of music by Edvard Grieg and noticed the musical patterns.  There were long and short notes.  We also noticed that the tempo got faster and the dynamics got louder as the music continued.   The ending was very loud and dramatic.

There was a story that tells us what ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ is all about.  It goes a little like this:

Once upon a time there was a boy named Peer and a Princess who were best friends.  One day they got into an argument.  Sadly, Peer said something that wasn’t very nice.  It upset the princess very much so she went running to her father, the KING.  Peer was very frightened so he tiptoed through the palace and tried to reach the exit before the King and his Guards, who were Trolls, managed to find him and catch up with him.

In Year 1, the children made masks so we could use the music to help us act out the story and make it more interesting.  The music directed how we moved (faster and had bigger movements).  

In Year 2, 3 and 6 we have used the style of the 12 Bar Blues to help us compose some songs.  We really enjoyed being song writers!

 

 

Year 2

There are two Pirate Blues songs that the classes wrote.  We thought about some of the things that a Pirate or any sailor might be ‘blue’ about.  See if you can sing along using this backing track. 

 

(Make sure you have permission from the adults looking after you to use this link.) 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQpD5jXNKwc 

 

Here are the songs –

 

The Pirate Blues

1. On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

Had to feed the Captain

Some very gooey stew.

 

2.On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

Had to walk the plank

And my dad had to walk it too.

 

3. On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

Feeling sad, Oh so sad,

Nearly got eaten by a shark.

4.On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

Got into a fight

And I lost my sword.

 

 

5.On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

On board my ship

I was feeling blue.

 

Had to wash the captain’s clothes.

They were very stinky.

 

 

Little Pirate Blues

 

Verse 1

I woke up this morning

Was feeling bad.

 

I woke up this morning

Was feeling bad.

 

I woke up this morning

Was feeling bad.

 

I woke up this morning

Was feeling bad.

 

I had the Blues

And was feeling sad.

 

 

Chorus

I’ve got the Blues

I’ve got the Little Pirate Blues

I’ve got the Blues

I’ve got the Little Pirate Blues

I’ve got the Blues

I’ve got the Little Pirate Blues

 

Verse 2

I woke up this morning

Was feeling bad.

 

I woke up this morning

Was feeling bad.

 

I woke up this morning

Was feeling bad.

 

I woke up this morning

Was feeling bad.

 

I was sea-sick

And wanted to be at home.

 

Chorus

I’ve got the Blues

I’ve got the Little Pirate Blues

I’ve got the Blues

I’ve got the Little Pirate Blues

I’ve got the Blues

I’ve got the Little Pirate Blues

 

Verse 3

I woke up this morning

Was feeling bad.

 

I woke up this morning

Was feeling bad.

 

I woke up this morning

Was feeling bad.

 

I woke up this morning

Was feeling bad.

 

I left my friend

And I will never see him again.

 

Chorus

I’ve got the Blues

I’ve got the Little Pirate Blues

I’ve got the Blues

I’ve got the Little Pirate Blues

I’ve got the Blues

I’ve got the Little Pirate Blues

 

Verse 4

I woke up this morning

Was feeling bad.

 

I woke up this morning

Was feeling bad.

 

I woke up this morning

Was feeling bad.

 

I woke up this morning

Was feeling bad.

Was looking for treasure

And I fell off the boat.

 

Chorus

I’ve got the Blues

I’ve got the Little Pirate Blues

I’ve got the Blues

I’ve got the Little Pirate Blues

I’ve got the Blues

I’ve got the Little Pirate Blues

 

Now try singing the song with this track?  Which one do you like the best?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTEZR2Z_iYM&ebc=ANyPxKq98r-h12Anngj6enn7fx_DzLWew7vzr6rwHoBlBgd49Ot8P73fJcC93Xe_Dh6sn2Z-8Jqn6pgvhXRZMUXfQ-GLaa7Wvg

 

 

In Year 3 we have been listening to BB King and the way he plays the Blues.  He plays The 12 Bar Blues.

We thought about things which might make us Blue on a Thursday Morning and about how we could get our messages across using this kind of music. 

The Blues isn’t just about sad things.  It is a warm musical genre/style that people can easily join in with and sing along to. 

How would you describe Blues music? 

Is the 12 Bar Blues the only kind of Blues Music you will find?

 

These are the Year 3 Thursday Morning Blues.

Verse 1

I woke up this morning

Fell out of bed

I felt upset

I wanted to stay in bed instead

 

Chorus

I’ve got the Blues,

I’ve got the Thursday morning Blues

I’ve got the Blu--------------es,

I’ve got the Thursday morning Blues

 

Verse 2

I woke up this morning

Feeling so tired

I got no sleep

My baby was crying at midnight

 

Chorus

 

 

Verse 3

I woke up this morning

I had slept in

I was so happy

Because I finally got some sleep

 

Chorus

 

 

Written by Y3TJ

 

Thursday Moring Blues

 

Verse 1

I woke up this morning

I was so tired

I had a late night

And I couldn’t get to sleep

 

Chorus

I’ve got the Blues,

I’ve got the Thursday morning Blues

I’ve got the Blu--------------es,

I’ve got the Thursday morning Blues

 

Verse 2

I woke up this morning

I broke my bed with a hammer

I was angry

Cuz I’d hot my head on the bed

 

Chorus

 

Verse 3

I was eating my dinner

I choked on my food

‘Cos I didn’t chew

‘Cos I was very, very rude

 

Chorus

 

Written by Y3CN

(The children thought their song was very funny.)

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Year 4 saw us working on ‘Pop Star to Opera Star!’  The song that made us pop stars was Burn by Ellie Goulding.  We liked the version sung by the One Voice Children’s Choir version of Burn and used that to help us prepare our performance.  We added actions to help us remember the lyrics and to add to our presentation. 

We looked at ways to improve our singing and put them into practise.  We even had volunteers sing solo parts for the song.  They were absolutely fantastic.  Can you spot them sitting at the front and side of the class? 

Why don’t you ask permission from the person looking after you to have a look at the song on YouTube as it is sung on America’s Got Talent?  Do you agree with the Judges?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7FwzTk344s

 

Year 4 also LOVED the One Voice Children’s Choir’s version of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘True Colours’. We loved the Asian vibe and the way the singing was arranged.  The video was pretty awesome too! What do you think?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiQReVJ4xIg

 

Another One Voice Children’s Choir favourite of ours is ‘Let it Go!’   Were you expecting it to sound like this?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAJYk1jOhzk
Year 5 have been creating their own instruments and playing them in class.
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