Year Four have shown some good progression on the cello and are now able to recognize notes on the bass clef. They have been performing different pieces using open strings and have improved on their understanding of the instrument as well as their timing when playing to a backing track.
Year Five have learnt four chords to the song Get Lucky by Daft Punk. They have done really well, playing bar chords and strumming in different rhythmic patterns. They have also built on their understanding of chunking to add a rhythmic beat to their strumming as well as their overall timing when chord changing.
Year Six have been learning about tempo, dynamic and textual changes when analyzing the Rite Of Springs by Stravinsky. They were introduced to a graphic score to visually see how a piece of music changes melodically, textually and harmonically and it really helped them to understand these concepts further. They then performed various nursery rhymes, adding in tempo and dynamic changes.
Year Seven have been singing and creating variations of Frère Jacques. They have been changing tempo, dynamics, texture, rhythm and pitch in order to create interesting variations that show a good understanding of the musical elements.
Year Eight have been working on ACID in order to compose and arrange a dance piece with a verse and a chorus. They have been listening to various dance pieces and analyzing their structure, texture and melodies. This has given them some great ideas for their own dance piece.
Year Nine have been learning about 7th chords as well as improvising using different scales in different key signatures. They then performed the Blue Monk 12 Bar Blues chord sequence with a backing track; some learners were able to play the chords and melody independently showing great control and accuracy.
Jermaine Griffiths, Music Teacher