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Music Melodies

24 November 2016

This week the primary school embraced poetry week in music lessons, combining poetry activities with the Juilliard Curriculum.

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Lots of year groups were focussing on the ‘Composer of Today’ category, that is surrounding the works of a composer called Sean Shepherd who is a Juilliard alumni. One of his compositions is based on a picture called ‘Water Over Rock’ by Ansel Adams. The students analysed this picture, then listened to his composition and thought of lots of descriptive language to match the picture and the sounds. They finally created their own poem based on the music that they heard.

Year 3 were sticking with their work on Stravinsky, but this time they focussed on the introduction to the Rite of Spring. They listened to the very opening of the ballet and imagined they were stepping into a new world. After creating their new world they wrote a poem to describe what they could see, hear and how they felt in their new world.

Year 4 continued on their Cello theme and created some shape poems based on their experiences of learning how to play the Cello.

Chalotte Rakowski, Head of Whole School Music


Read some examples of our music poems below!

Water Over Rocks

Calm water drizzling over rocks.

Pirates crashing bombs into the water.

Waterfalls splashing on rocks.

Pirates sneaking through stones.

Waves are getting slower.

Julia Guedes Leite Ferreira 2J


Dripping water, splashing water.

Creepy ghosts are going to scare.

Magical things are going to come.

Chloe Gilbourne 2W


Introduction to the Rite of Spring

As I stepped in the secret door I got filled with magic.

I saw a strong, new and beautiful bridge.

I felt mysterious.

Was this a dream?

The birds were singing, fishes were splashing.

Nobody was there.

Lydia Neiteler 3C


A tiger sleeping in his dream.

Vines hanging around.

Notes flying around in the night sky.

Eagles running with no wings.

Magical music in my ears.

Creepiness all around.

Renee Tsai 3M