Music at Stanford Infants
The children are very excited about sharing their music recordings with you at home. The recordings are not “Perfect-Perfect” and we always discuss how we could have made them even better with more time, but I hope they will give you all a taster of what the children have got up to in their 30 minute weekly music lessons. They do very well!
The children in Reception have been learning the names of all the classroom instruments and have been learning the correct way to play them. See if your child can name each of these instruments;
We have been playing the instruments as part of our class orchestras and the children have been taking it in turns to be the”Conductor”. We have used our hands to show everyone when to start..…
We have been busy in Reception creating a sound picture for a journey through outer space. We have had fun choosing instruments to represent all the different things that we saw out there !
We started at the edge and then gradually worked our way into the centre where the sun’s rays were really hot!
We used the keyboard to represent the sun. We found a good sound then chose 4 notes to hold down throughout the journey. We made the volume get louder when the sun’s rays were bigger on the journey map.
We used the cymbals to represent the planets. They were tricky to play but sounded really impressive !
We used the maracas and the egg shakers to represent the dust clouds. We played them really fast to show that the fog was very thick.
We chose to play the triangles to represent the big stars that we saw on our journey. We had to make sure that we held them properly but they sounded nice and loud.
We chose the Indian Bells to represent the tiny stars that we saw on our journey . We played them very fast and very quietly to show that the stars were very far away.
We used the drums to represent the meteorites as their sound was very hard and loud like the rocks.
We had fun playing the whole journey all together. We had to watch the board really carefully to make sure we played our sounds at the right time.
Here are the recordings ;
Pier Class Space Adventure;
Palace Class Space Adventure;
Alex Class Space Adventure;
King George II
We have been listening to Zadok the Priest by George Friderick Handel from the BBC 10 pieces website. This piece was written for the coronation of George II in 1727 and has been used for the coronation of every monach since. We have talked about how George IV , who built the Royal Pavilion would have had this music playing when he was crowned King.
We have really enjoyed listening to this wonderful piece of music and have discussed how it make us feel ……excited, special and some children talked about how the music made you feel as if something really special was about to happen.
Here is a link to the website where you can listen to the piece and watch the Orchestra and Choir performing ; Click Here
We acted out the coronation here in the school hall and pretended that we were inside Westminster Abbey. We knew exactly when to put the crown on the King or Queen as the music got louder and louder and then the Choir started singing . It was very exciting !
We have been busy in Year 1 creating a sound picture to represent a pirate ship on a stormy sea. We listened to a recording of a real stormy sea and of an old wooden ship on the ocean and then chose instruments to re-create these sounds in the classroom.
We spent a lot of time experimenting with making different sounds on the instruments and we came up with some really good ways of recreating the ocean, the weather and the creaking ship.
We scraped our fingers across the drum skins to make the sound of the wind….it sounded really good!
We used the rainmakers to make the sound of the rain …they were perfect !
We used the Ocean Drum and the Maracas to make the sound of the sea. We needed lots of instruments for the sea as we needed it to be really loud !
We used the Tongue Drum and the monkey Drum to make the creaking sounds from the ship . They were really fun to play.
We used the “Thunderer” to make the sound of the thunder ….it sounded just like the real thing. This was a very popular instrument, everyone wanted to play this one!
Then to finish off the sound picture we had some fierce pirates who shouted out orders to the crew!
Here are the recordings;
Marina Class Pirate Storm;
Lagoon Class Pirate Storm;
Dolphin Class Pirate Storm:
Year 1 have also learnt a song called “The Pirate Song” by Lin Marsh . We recorded it this morning in singing assembly …the children sound really fierce !
We have been listening to an exciting piece of music called “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” by John Adams. This is one of the BBC 10 Pieces and can be listened to here; Click Here
We loved hearing how the wood block kept a steady beat throughout and have tried playing along to the recording – it is really hard!
We created our own version of this piece today in Music . We split into three teams;
Team 1 was the engine playing the wood block and claves and they kept the steady beat going throughout .
Team 2 were the rhythm section and played a rhythm using Ta Te Taa rhythms (Crotchets and Quavers) on the tambourines.
Team 3 were the melody section and they made up tunes on the xylophones and metallophones using a pentatonic scale . They had a very hard job as they had to try and make their tunes “Fit in” with the beat and rhythm sections .
The children did brilliantly and really listened to each other, making sure they kept their team together.
Here are the recordings;
Ocean Class Short Ride in a Fast Machine;
Pavilion Class Short Ride in a Fast Machine;
Regent Class Short Ride in a Fast Machine;
The Year 2 children have been listening to an amazing piece of music called “The Little Train of The Caipira “ by a Brazilian composer called Villa Lobos. In this piece the orchestra is made to sound like a steam train on a journey through the Brazilian jungle. There is even an emergency stop which the children loved !
We thought of all the different reasons that the train might have had to stop suddenly.
Here is a recording of the piece:
Bachianas Brasilerias No 2 by Villa Lobos performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
We have also watched a video of an orchestra performing the piece. The children were fascinated by the unusual Brazilian percussion instruments – we all decided that it would be fun to have a Reco Reco in school ! This was the metal guiro.
Here is a link to the video; Click here
In the music lessons we then tried to recreate the sound of the steam train using the percussion instruments that Villa Lobos used ;
We then composed our own class versions of the train journey through the jungle. One team were the train and the other teams were representing what we could see out of the windows.
We had Tree Frogs,
and a Waterfall.
We even had enthusiastic actors for each class to narrate our train journeys.
Here are the recordings;
Ocean Class Train Ride;
Pavilion Class Train Ride;
Regent Class Train Ride;
We have been learning traditional songs that come from the countries that we are visiting on our “Around the World in 80 Days” Learning Journey.
For the UK we have learnt to sing and play the Skye Boat Song . This is a beautiful traditional Scottish song that tells the tale of Bonnie Prince Charlie escaping from the English Army after the battle of Cullodan in 1746. His friend Flora MacDonald helped him escape to the Isle of Skye disguised as a woman.
Bonnie Prince Charlie
Escaping in the boat.
The Isle of Skye
The children have really enjoyed learning the song and they sang their hearts out this morning in singing assembly . Here is the recording ;
Year 2s singing the Skye Boat Song
We have learnt to play the Skye Boat Song on the Xylophones and Glockenspiels and we recorded each class playing the song today. To play all together as a class keeping in time with the piano is extremely difficult , the children have done so well !
The music is PENTATONIC which means that there are only x5 notes , so we set the instruments up so that we only had the notes we needed; DE-GAB-D’
Here is the music that we used;
Some of the children have been super independent learners and have taught themselves to play the tune on the keyboard , piano and even the recorder ! What STARS they are !
Here are the class recordings;
Regent Class playing Skye Boat Song;
Pavilion Class playing Skye Boat Song;
Ocean Class playing Skye Boat Song;
We have been talking about the Kookaburra bird from Australia and how it is know as the “King of the Bush” . We watched a short clip of a kookaburra singing and it really does sound like the bird is laughing ! Here is a link to the video – Click here
We have been learning to sing the traditional Australian song – Kookaburra . We have also learnt to play an Ostinato to accompany the song on the Xylophones. This is a repeated pattern that is played as an accompaniment.
We have also learnt to sing the song as a round ….it was very tricky trying not to be put off by the other team or by the ostinato pattern.
We recorded the song today with some children playing the xylophones.We started together and then split into two teams and sang the song as a round. The children did really well, here is the recording :
Year 2 Singing Kookaburra;