Year 1 Music May 22nd

Can you tap your name like this: Mis-sus Ha-nna.  (my name has 4 taps)

You have met my cat Jake.

If Jake was to tap his name, how many taps would he do?

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So we have looked at Loud/Quiet, and High/Low.

Next we look at Smooth and Jumpy.

Smooth.

Pretend you are a snake, and smoothly slide along without any bumps.

How can we make a sliding sound?

Maybe ask your grown up if you can experiment with some things from around the house…..BUT DO ASK FIRST!!!

Jumpy

What animals can you think of that move in a jumpy way?

Here is a song about a frog jumping. Can you jump like him?

Joey. Backing track:

Joey is a frog and he goes

Jump, jump, jump

Jump, jump, jump

Jump, jump, jump.

Joey is a frog and he goes

Jump, jump, jump

Jump, jump, jump, jump, jump.

 

When Joey was tadpole he went

Swim, swim, swim

Swim, swim, swim

Swim, swim, swim.

When Joey was tadpole he went

Swim, swim, swim

Swim, swim, swim, swim, swim.

 

When Joey was in frogspawm he went

Wobble, wobble, wobble

Wobble, wobble, wobble

Wobble, wobble, wobble

When Joey was in frogspawm he went

Wobble, wobble, wobble

Wobble, wobble, wobble, wobble, wobble

 

But, Joey is a frog and he goes

Jump, jump, jump

Jump, jump, jump

Jump, jump, jump.

Joey is a frog and he goes

Jump, jump, jump

Jump, jump, jump, jump, jump.

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Tick Tock fingers (Point your index fingers up and pretend they are windscreen wipers, moving from side to side in time with the rhyme).

Yr R,1&2 Tick Tock

Tick, tock, tick, tock,

Time to stop, Time to stop,

That’s the end of the lesson…….Well Done!

Reception May 22nd

Hello Everyone,

If I clap my name, I will clap 4 times when I say it.

Mis-sus Han-na.

 

You have met my cat, Jake.

How many times will Jake clap his paws when he says his name?

Can you say and clap your name to me…?

“…….my name is  …..….”

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Could you be as thin as a pin….   (stand tall, hands by your side)

….be as wide as a gate…..      (stretch your arms out to the side, and feet apart)

…as tall as a house, (on tip toes and stretch arms up high)

….. as small as a mouse   (curl up small on the floor)…..

…and as thin as a pin again.

 

So be as thin as a pin, and let us sing:

The song about Incey Wincey Spider.

 

Incey Wincey Spider climbed up the water spout.

Down came the rain and washed the spider out.

Out came he sunshine and dried up all the rain, so Incey Wincey Spider climbed up the spout again.

 

 

But did you know that Incey Wincey Spider had a cousin called

Honkey Chonkey Spider?

 

He did everything very slowly because he was so big. So be as wide as a gate, really stretch your arms out to the side, move your body from side to side in time with the music and very slowly sing:

 

Honkey Chonkey Spider climbed up the water spout.

Down came the rain and washed the spider out.

Out came he sunshine and dried up all the rain, so Honkey  Chonkey Spider climbed up the spout again.

Here is a song about a spider spinning her web. Backing track:

 

Spider Spins

1 Spider spins at one o’clock,

Busy, busy legs she doesn’t stop.

Spinning, spinning silver threads,

Busy, busy spider, make your web.

 

2 Spider spins at two o’clock,

Busy, busy legs she doesn’t stop.

Spinning, spinning silver threads,

Busy, busy spider, make your web.

 

3 Spider spins at three o’clock,

Busy, busy legs she doesn’t stop.

Spinning, spinning silver threads,

Busy, busy spider, make your web.

 

4 Spider spins at four o’clock,

Busy, busy legs she doesn’t stop.

Spinning, spinning silver threads,

Busy, busy spider, make your web.

 

5 Spider spins at five o’clock,

Busy, busy legs she doesn’t stop.

Spinning, spinning silver threads,

Busy, busy spider, make your web.

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Tick Tock

Yr R,1&2 Tick Tock

Shall we sing it like Incey Wincey, or Honkey Chonkey?

….Off we go….

(Put your index fingers up in the air and move fingers like windscreen wipers, in time with the rhyme)

Tick, tock, tick, tock,  

Time to stop,  Time to stop,

That’s the end of the lesson………..Well Done!

Singing 15th May – Whole School

Hello everyone!

Here are three songs for you to enjoy singing…..

 

‘Magic Travel Machine’ takes you all over the world…

Magic Travel Machine

Get on board,

Take a ticket,

Get on board the magic travel machine,

Get on board,

Take a ticket,

I’ll take you to a place you’ve never ever seen!

 

1 South to Sahara it’s hot and it’s dry,

Watching a camel train moving by,

Find an oasis to sit in the shade,

If you hear a hissing snake, don’t be afraid!

Sss Sss Sss Sss Sss Sss Sss Sss…

 

Chorus

 

2 North to the Arctic, through cold frozen seas,

Dressed like an Inuit, you won’t freeze

Slide down an iceberg to have lots of fun

If you hear a polar bear you’d better run!

Grr Grr Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrowl!

 

Chorus

 

3 High in the mountains, see forests and lakes,

Listen to echoes that that your singing makes

Climb every mountain peak, stay on the track,

Lf you hear a yodeller, answer him back!

Yo-de-lay-eee-hooo! (group 1)

Yo-de-lay-eee-hooo! (group 2)

 

Chorus

 

Deep in the rainforest, dripping and warm

Beautiful butterflies, bees by the swarm

Monkeys and parrots in trees strangely tall

If you hear just one of them, you’ll hear them all

Bzzz, chatter, squawk ( all at once)

 

Chorus

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‘Every Brand New Day’ is just beautiful…..

Download (PDF, 440KB)

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1, 2, 3, is a bouncy tune for all to sing…

Good to be Me!

1, 2, 3, good to be me, 1, 2, 3,

1, 2, 3, good to be me, 1, 2, 3,

1, 2, 3, it’s good to be me and I want the world to know it’s good to be me!

1, 2, 3, it’s good to be me and I want the world to know it’s good to be me!

I’m a special person, and there’s only one of me,

And no-one else is prouder of, the person that is me.

I’m a special person, and there’s only one of me,

And no-one else is prouder of, the person that is me.

 

1, 2, 3, good to be me, 1, 2, 3,

1, 2, 3, good to be me, 1, 2, 3,

1, 2, 3, it’s good to be me and I want the world to know it’s good to be me!

1, 2, 3, it’s good to be me and I want the world to know it’s good to be me!

I’m a special person, and there’s only one of me,

And no-one else is prouder of, the person that is me.

I’m a special person, and there’s only one of me,

And no-one else is prouder of, the person that is me.

 

1, 2, 3, good to be me, 1, 2, 3,

1, 2, 3, good to be me, 1, 2, 3,

I’m a special person, and there’s only one of me,

And no-one else is prouder of, the person that is me.

1, 2, 3, good to be me, 1, 2, 3,

1, 2, 3, good to be me, 1, 2, 3,

1, 2, 3, good to be me, 1, 2, 3,

1, 2, 3, good to be me, 1, 2, 3,

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Have fun…

Mrs Hanna

Reception May 15th

Hello Everyone,

If I clap my name, I will clap 4 times when I say it.

Mis-sus Han-na

Can you say and clap your name to me…?

“…….my name is  …..….”

Well done!

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I know a little bee….

My little bee lives in a bee hive….. (clenched fist)

 

Here is a bee hive (clenched fist)

But where are all the bees?

Hid-den a-way where no one sees.

Watch and you’ll see them come out of the hive…..

One, two, three. four, and five…,

 

….and then the bees go bbbuzzzz  (can you run around and buzz like a bee)

Could you be as thin as a pin….   (stand tall, hands by your side)

….be as wide as a gate…..      (stretch your arms out to the side, and feet apart)

…as tall as a house, (on tip toes and stretch arms up high)

….. as small as a mouse   (curl up small on the floor)…..

…and as thin as a pin again.

Ask a grown up to test you on all of these actions, see if you can remember them.

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Here is a song about a Bee:

Download (PDF, 468KB)

 

 

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Let’s finish by singing the Tick Tock song.

Click to download and play: Yr R,1&2 Tick Tock

Shall we sing it Loudly….or Quietly?

Let me see your Tick Tock fingers

….Off we go….

 (Put your index fingers up in the air and move fingers like windscreen wipers, in time with the rhyme)

 

Tick, tock, tick, tock,  

Time to stop,  Time to stop,

That’s the end of the lesson………..Well Done!

 

Year 5 Music 15th May

Hello Year 5, today we will carry on with refining your sense of pulse. Here is a new rhyme for you to clap to, in the same way as before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chant the rhyme and clap on the first word of each line. (This is like a bar of music). Then clap on the first word and the middle word eg Mrs and had. This will give you a ‘2 feel’.  Finally can you clap on Mrs, White, had, fright….and continue through the whole rhyme…this gives a ‘4 feel’ to each line.…..

…Also, try this shorter rhyme in the same way, and play the game:

….Bounce high, bounce low,

Bounce the ball to …………

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Start a time line for these Romantic composers of the Victorian time.

Adding to Tchaikovsky, we look at Dvorak 1841-1904 (pronounced ‘Vorjak’ with a silent D), a Czech composer.

Dvorak spent most of his life near Prague, had a good musical education, and developed as a musician and composer, composing melodies based on traditional folk tunes, to be played by a large orchestra. He found it hard to make a living from being a musician, until his talent was spotted by another famous composer called Brahms, who helped him gain recognition. Dvorak moved to America to a new job as a Director of Music in New York City, but after just 3 years he returned home because he just didn’t like America.

This is where he wrote much of his most well-known music, including his New World Symphony, composed for a large orchestra, and based on the sounds and sights he had experienced in his new country.

Listen to this slow movement, and be aware of the African-American melodies that he was inspired by, in particular a poem about a Native American chief called The Song of Hiawatha, by Longfellow.

-Try and apply the heart rhythmic exercise to this piece. Be aware that it is a gentle piece so make a gentle movement to feel the beat….clapping might be too harsh…

-The main tune is played by a very special woodwind instrument…..can you find out what it is called, and tell me….?

Dvorak: New World Symphony; Slow movement:Largo

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Music Year 1 13th May

Can you tap your name like this: Mis-sus Ha-nna.  (my name has 4 taps)

Ask others in your family to do the same……

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Have you noticed how loud the bird song is in your garden at the moment? I find it very beautiful…….

Can you spread your wings and fly around (in the house, or maybe there might be more space outside in the garden, if your grown up doesn’t mind coming out with you…)

Can you think of a sound that would remind you to fly like this?…..it could be a tapping sound on something small perhaps…What do you have at home that you could use…?  …..I might tap 2 teaspoons together to get my tinkley sound….

Ask your grown up to play this sound and you do the bird flying movement.

 

-In contrast, can you pretend to be like an elephant, that moves very slowly and heavily……….

What household object could your grown up use to remind you to move like this…?  A wooden spoon on a big upside down plastic lunchbox worked well for me when I was experimenting with sounds…..

Now, as last week, ask your grown up play to remind you to move high (bird) or low (elephant), but not to tell you which one they are going to do. You need to listen and move accordingly!!!

Now… Do you remember creeping on tiptoes very quietly, and marching loudly with your knees up and swinging your arms last week, while you listened to loud and quiet sounds?

Just have a little practice to remind yourself, (and your grown up).

You now have 4 sounds: Loud/Quiet, and High/Low.

Test yourself, and ask your grown up to play the 4 sounds, and see if you can move accordingly. Maybe ask a sibling, or someone else in your family to try as well. Phew! Well done !

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Now thank your grown up for helping you with your musical movement, and sing The

Download (PDF, 480KB)

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Tick Tock fingers

(Point your index fingers up and pretend they are windscreen wipers, moving from side to side in time with the rhyme).

Click to download and play: Yr R,1&2 Tick Tock

Tick, tock, tick, tock,

Time to stop, Time to stop,

That’s the end of the lesson…….Well Done!

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Year 6 Music 16th May

Great to see you all yesterday! Could you send me answers to my questions, for this and last week’s blog (with your names) to: jhanna@stjohnssevenoaks.co.uk

I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

Hello Year 6, I hope you enjoyed my blog about children and music in the 1940’s.

The one thing I did forget to mention was the fact that there was always music making in the home at this time. My grandparents told me that everyone had a piano in their house, and they would play and sing together all the time….what a fabulous way to pass the time…..!

I really enjoyed looking at Mrs Gillhouley’s maths blog about coding and it made me realise that actually reading music is a form of coding if you think about it. Musical notation is a form of interpreting different lengths of sound.

There is a detective series on TV called ‘Morse’.

Inspector Morse Theme

The theme tune was written by an Australian composer called Barrington Pheloung, who used a Morse code motif (a short riff that is repeated throughout) for the letters that spelt the name M.O.R.S.E.

Sometimes apparently Pheloung’s music would even reveal the name of the killer in Morse code, or sometimes the name of another character (as a red herring).

Some composers and music writers have used it in their music, for example, Pink Floyd ( English rock band), used Morse code as backing in several of their songs.

 

Write down the Morse code for M.O.R.S.E., then try and clap this as a rhythm while listening to the theme tune above.

 

Finally, take your initials, for example mine would be J.H. (. – – –  . . . .)

See if you can clap or play the rhythm against another piece of music of your choice.

-If we applied Morse code to the ‘Doctor Who’ theme tune we looked at 2 weeks ago, which letters would it use….?

 

Through time, other composers have used a code to write their music, using the 7 letters of the musical alphabet.

 

J.S.Bach (1685-1750) wrote a piece of music for keyboard based on the 4 letters of his name.

B in German means Bb, and H is taken as B natural, so the notes he used for his theme, were Bb – A – C – Bnatural.  It’s a fabulous piece.

 

Edward Elgar (1857-1934) an English composer, wrote a set of variations (Enigma Variations) for orchestra using the names of many of his friends as motifs, but there is one variation that was a secret, and no one is really sure who it was.

 

An idea…..Maybe try and write a code into a rhythmic or notated phrase and send it to me…. It only needs to be very short……

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Year 4 Music 13th May

Hello.

Could you all let me know how many notes you can play on your instrument, as I have lots of music I can give you. Send me a message to jhanna@stjohnssevenoaks.co.uk  Thank you.

I hope you enjoyed my VE day blog last week. Did any of you play a tune for VE day? Do let me know.

This week I’m giving you the second part of the Acapulco Bay Duet to try. If you feel confident, you could ask a grown up to record you playing one part, and then you can play along with the second part.

Download (PDF, 792KB)

Download (PDF, 819KB)

Also, some of the other tunes on these pages can be played as duets. See if you can match them up, and let me know your answers.

 

Here is a well-known tune for you to try, which includes 2 notes you may not know.

 

A,(second space) which is 1&2 valves on trumpets and 4th position on trombones, 

Low B which is 2nd valve on trumpets and 2nd position on trombones.

 

For the A, make your lips stronger inside the mouthpiece, but still let the air freely flow into the instrument.

 

‘Twinkle, Twinkle’ is a good tune to learn this note as you go up from the G, one note to the A. The low B is quite easy to find, being just below Middle C.

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Have fun! This tune is a duet (2 parts are played together at the same time). Have a go at the underneath part as well….maybe record yourself playing both parts…..

 

Let me know if you like these tunes, and if you can play any more notes than these. I have a lot of music here that I can send you!!

 

Mrs Hanna

Year 2 Music 15th May

Hello everyone.

Can you tap your name like this: Mis-sus Ha-nna.  (my name has 4 taps)

Ask others in your family to do the same…… How many taps for their names…?

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Could you ask someone in your family to tap a slow regular beat 8 times. Can you step around the room in time to the beat?

Now ask your grown up to tap 16 times, twice as fast, while you step in time with them.

Swap over and you try tapping while your grown up moves…!!

 

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Listen to The Sound of Music clip from last week, and sing…

Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do.

Then sing up 5 notes from the bottom: Do-re-mi-fa-soDo-So.

Do (No 1) and So (No 5) are the 2 most important notes in any piece of music or song. Lots of pieces of music finish on Do, and frequently end with so-do which sounds very final.

Could you sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star all the way through?

The first twinkle is sung on Do, the second on So.

Now sing the same tune, but with these words…

 

DO DO SO SO back to DO,

Going down and down to DO

SO SO going down a bit,

SO SO going down a bit,

DO DO SO SO back to SO

Going down and down to DO

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African Songs!  Here is a new one for you…..it’s a Greeting Song.

 

Fun-ga  a-la-fia,

A-sie, a-sie  (pronounced A-shey)  

Fun-ga  a-la-fia,

A-sie, a-sie .

Translation: Give us peace, thank you, thank you.

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Can you find your Tick Tock fingers?

Click here to download and play: Yr R,1&2 Tick Tock

(Put your index fingers up in the air and wave your hands like windscreen wipers in time with the rhyme).

 

                                          To help you with the rhythm and pulse:

Tick, tock, tick, tock,                                (Swish hands on each word)

Time to stop, time to stop,                     (Swish hands on Time, & stop)

That’s the end of the les-son.                (Swish hands on That’s, end, les, son.)

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Music Year 3 May 15th

Say this rhyme and clap your hands in time to the heartbeat.

 

 

 

 

 

-Why are there heartbeats at the top of the chart?

-Why is the chart divided up as it is?

-How many beats are in each line of the rhyme?

-Does each line have the same number of beats?

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With a member of your family, stand face to face, and perform the following actions while saying the rhyme:

There are 4 actions corresponding to the 4 beats in every phrase:

Clap own hands, clap partner’s hands, clap own hands, pat knees.

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How are you getting on with Dublin Dan and St Louis Blues?

Hopefully well. Here are the performance tracks (up to speed), if you would like to have a go.

St Louis Blues:

Dublin Dan:

There are also words for Dublin Dan, you could try singing along with the backing track as well as playing your recorder:

 

I went across the sea to Ireland,

I went to stay with Dublin Dan

We had potatoes for our dinner,

Bread and butter pudding and a lump of jam.

We had pizza for our supper,

Pepperoni, cheese and ham,

What do you think we had for breakfast?

Bread and butter pudding and a lump of jam!

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If you would like a new challenge, here is Shrimp Island, a relaxed sort of piece.

Download (PDF, 970KB)

Have fun and let me know how you get on.