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Music Melodies

29 November 2016

This week, our Year 3 to Year 10 students have learned about new music techniques, how to play the cello and iconic motifs, created their own soundscapes and versions of Peter and the Wolf.

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This week Year 3 have been listening to extracts from Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ and experimented with accented notes to create unpredictability and a tense atmosphere.

 

In Year 4, students have continued to learn how to play the cello and were excited to learn about bowing techniques having mastered pizzicato.

 

In Year 5, students created their own versions of Peter’s theme from Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf using different sections of the orchestra. Some students created a string section version using keyboard sounds, for example, and others used tuned percussion instruments to create their pieces.

 

In Year 6, students are greatly enjoying creating soundscapes for their choice of planet, inspired by the Planets suite by Gustav Holst. Especially popular was Mars, the ‘Bringer of War’.

 

In Year 8, students have been studying Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and have greatly enjoyed learning to play some of his iconic motifs and developing them using techniques such as inversion, retrograde and augmentation.

 

In Year 9, students continue to learn Blue Monk by Thelonious Monk and have focused on adding solos to their performances and developing a coherent structure.

 

In Year 10 students are looking at the work of Juilliard graduate and composer Sean Shepherd. They will use this as inspiration for their own forthcoming GCSE compositions.

Jonathan Doherty, Music Teacher