Wednesday, 18 October 2017

2017, Term 4, Week 1 Heading Towards Halloween

Welcome back to the last term of the year. Lots of exciting things happening this term!
How many symbols can you recognise?
Scroll down for some clues if you need them 

Which ones are: fermata (pause), crescendo (getting louder) or depending how you look at it, decrescendo (getting softer), forte (loud),  tie (links two notes of the same pitch)  or slur (play the notes smoothly and in a connected way). 

Dance  - Warm up movement - Wrap Me Up by Claudia Robin Gunn 
Monster Shuffle

Halloween Rhythm Chart. Each pumpkin is a bar in 4/4 time. Clap this rhythm pattern together. 

Make up some actions for this  Halloween Rhyme. 

Seniors / Intermediates: 

The Monster Mash  
Banana Boat Song 
Choose from the Halloween section of the dance page above 

Have a go at reciting The Witches Spell form Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. Use lots of expression - and add some gestures. 

New ukulele songs: 
The Monster Mash 

Singing  - Kidzbop version of The Monster Mash  - with lyrics 
Just for fun: The Broccoli Song   When you've watched this video, have a go at making up  4 - 8 lines (song or rap) about your favourite vegetable.  Work out some movements and be prepared to perform your item in front of the class. 

Broc 'n' Roll?  Now this is what  I call  playing with your food! 

Silly Symphonies Skeleton Dance  Cartoon by Walt Disney . This is a very early cartoon (it's so old it's in black and white!) It was made in 1929. Listen to the music and how it 
changes to fit the animation. Listen to all the different ways that sound is made. 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

2017 Term 3 Week 8

Work in progress.

What do you see? How many symbols can you recognise and name?
What do they each mean?

A new ukulele song for beginners, or those who want to practice G - and learn to read tabs. Low Rider by War 

More Stomp in the kitchen.  Last week we looked at  Stomp performance using the kitchen sink.  This week, we move to a commercial kitchen - possibly a hotel?  Would you eat the food prepared here?  Be very careful if you try this at home - and ask your parents first . . .  

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

2017, Term 3, Week 7: Dishwashing Music

How many symbols can you recognise? What are their names?

Add bar lines to match the time signature. Scroll down to find the completed version. 

Last week we looked at music made by glassware - this week, it's time to wash the dishes - but maybe not last week's crystal glassware . . .  As you watch the video below, think about these questions: 
 - how many ways do the performers make music? 
- how many different sounds do they get out of the same 'instrument' and how do they change the sound  and pitch* the instrument makes.  
This is a performance by Stomp, a percussion  group from United Kingdom. 

Goodnight Moon 
Get Ready to Wiggle 
Skip to My Lou 
Istanbul - not Constantinople 
All Star (Scroll to 30 to begin) 
Can't Stop the Feeling 
YMCA - Junior 
What makes you beautiful 
Cheap Thrills 


FACE (Mice) 
I Knew You Were Treble 
Ode to Treble Clef 

Notes in the space spell  _________ ? 

Say whether the notes below are in a SPACE or are on the LINE? Can you name any of the SPACE notes? 

Then look for the POP UP WINDOW tab and click on that. 
Look for the MANAGE OCTAVES tab and add a higher octave and remove the lowest one - so you are starting at Middle C.
                 Name these notes in the spaces: 

pitch - In music, the pitch of a note means how high or low a note is. The pitch of a note can be measured in a unit called Hertz. A note that is vibrating at 256 Hz will be caused by sound waves that vibrate at 256 times a second.  A high pitch sound corresponds to a high frequency (vibration) sound wave and a low pitch sound corresponds to a low frequency sound wave.

Can you see the difference between the vibrations (frequency) of higher-pitched instruments and lower-pitched instruments? 

Some animals make a low sound and others make a high sound


Juniors:  (Don't try this at home!) 

This week's nursery rhyme is very short - Jack Be Nimble. 

The earliest known time that it appeared in writing  was in 1815.  Jumping candlesticks was a type of fortune telling  and also a sport. If you jumped over the burning candle without the flame going out, it was believed you would have good luck. (It was obviously good luck because you didn't get burned!) 
Here's a version with an extra verse to show you what happened to Jack when he didn't jump high enough . . . 

Here's a Sesame Street Newsflash version of the rhyme. 

Extra/ Homework: 

Sia - Singing "S is for Songs"  on Sesame Street 
Jason Mraz - Singing "Outdoors" on Sesame Street. 

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

2017, Term 3, Week 6: Tuneful Glassware

This is a photoshopped image - so it doesn't exist - but it would be fun to drive on it!

 YOU MUST GO TO THIS CONCERT!  The Auckland Philharmonic  Orchestra are doing a FREE Concert at the Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau, at 3pm, SATURDAY  9th SEPTEMBER.   This is a wonderful opportunity to see a real live orchestra, and to practise all those audience skills we have been learning. 

This week's tongue twister: 
Where would you need to make sure you took a lozenge - in a non-crinkly wrapper? 

Add bar lines to match the time signature. Scroll down to end of post to see the completed version
How many notes  and  music symbols can you identify?

The glass harp is made by  having a set of glasses all the same size and filling them with different amounts of water - or by having a range of different-size glasses and filling them all to the same level. The sound is made by running a finger dipped in water around the rim of the glass.   Friction from the rubbing causes vibration, and the vibration creates sound waves.  The more water, the lower the pitch because the liquid slows down the vibrations.  The use of glasses to make music goes back as far as the 14th century, in Persia.  From the 1700s, various musicians performed using the glass harp - sometimes using a stick instead of moistened fingers. Rock band Pink Floyd used glasses in the recording of Shine on You Crazy Diamond in 1975.   
Here's David Gilmour from Pink Floyd doing Shine on You Crazy Diamond  at a concert in Poland. Notice the glass harps.  Here's a very short video to show you how they set it up for their rehearsal. 

Here's a beautiful piece of music by Franz Schubert, called Ave Maria, played on the glass harp. Notice that it's the same person playing both parts, and they've been mixed together.

Here he is again, playing Fur Elise by Beethoven. And the Harry Potter Theme

Here's a musical saw and a glass harp, playing The Swan from Saint Saens Carnival of the Animals. 

Here's how you can have a go at making a glass harp at home


Dances: (Student requests, plus the following new ones.) 
All Star (from Shrek)  skip to 28  to start 
Can't Stop the Feeling 
YMCA - Just Dance Kids 

Seniors:  Y.M.C.A. by the Village People  (Just Dance) 
What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction 

This week's nursery rhyme is 1,2 Buckle my Shoe. There are many versions of this - including a second verse that goes up to 20. 

Check out someone's version of Spongebob doing Dynamite

Friday, 25 August 2017

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

2017, Term 3, Week 5: Musical Tools

Daffodil Day - Friday August 25th 

Add bar lines to match the time signature. Scroll down for completed version. 
This week's tongue twister is especially for Daffodil Day on August 25th. 

Born to be Wild  , Let's Groove , Cheap Thrills (Bollywood version)

Interesting Instruments
Anything can be used as an instrument - even tools!
Here's a clip from a 1990s tv programme called Home Improvement, where the cast use tools to play the theme song
Here's some very interesting ways of making music with tool boxes
This is a German group who make music with a variety car parts and tools. 
And here's some music using power tools in a a Hitachi promotion video. 


Juniors - Instead of a nursery rhyme today we have a daffodil poem 


We are learning the words for loud and soft in music (dynamics)  
pianissimo means very soft 
piano means soft 
forte means loud 
fortissimo means very loud 

Seniors / Intermediates
Time to revise our notation 


New Ukulele Links (See Ukulele tab at top of page for more) : 
Johnny B Goode (C,F,G7) 
Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes Am, G, F, C 
Born to Be Wild  G, A, Em (Use Em for E) This is the lyrics/tabs/chords site,  see Just Dance Born to be Wild for the backing track
Can't Help Falling in Love (21 pilots cover of Elvis Presley song) C, Em, A, F, G, Em, B7, A7,
Cheap Thrills - Sia  Em, C , D,  G
El Condor Pasa (C,G,Am, Em)
I Have a Dream (Abba) E7, A, D 
Roar by Katy Perry. The chords/words are here. You'll need to have the song vid going separately if you want to accompany the original.  Stick to Bb, Gm, Cm to start with - with Bb being OK for most of the song. 
Did you put the bar lines in the correct place?