Meanwhile in Year 4 students have been learning about Chinese music and how to notate a melody using traditional Chinese notation. Students were able to improvise impressively with the pentatonic scale on keyboards and have started to notate their own melodies using the Chinese system. In Year 5 students are continuing to learn about Music technology and have now successfully sampled a wide range of sounds using only body percussion. They were impressed by how a percussion piece can be made by using everyday samples and are excited about using these in their compositions next week. In Year 6 students have been learning the flute and now are managing to master the correct embouchure and fingering techniques. Today they were inspired by a video in which Jethro Tull plays a jazz solo based on a Bouree by J.S. Bach.
In Year 8 students are also focusing on Chinese music and notation and are developing ensemble skills by creating rich textures of pentatonic melodies in groups. They are also writing balanced, antiphonal melodies in Sibelius which they will develop into orchestral compositions in future weeks. In Year 9, students are performing solo songs from a musical or opera and have studied La Boheme by Puccini and Rent for inspiration.
It has been a busy week in the BISS Puxi music department and we are looking forward to our soloist recital at the weekend. We are also busy rehearsing for our Juilliard Global Choir Challenge next week and the upcoming production of West Side Story!
Jonathan Doherty, Music Teacher