At St. Patrick's Emerald we believe that music plays an important role in the holistic development of all children and take great pride in the creative opportunities we offer for our students.
In 2016 we have introduced a new program where Year 3 students will learn to play a band instrument in their weekly music lesson. These are the trumpet, trombone, flute and clarinet. Our year 4 students will also be using these instruments for the first semester of this year.
These instruments are made of durable plastic and have design features which make them a great starting point for younger players. They are easily cleaned, visually appealing, much lighter than traditional instruments and are designed for smaller arms and hands. They also have a surprisingly high quality sound.
Term 1: Creepy Crawlies
Students will deepen their understanding of rhythm as they learn to read and compose using notated music symbols. These will include the crotchet (ta), crotchet rest (za) and quavers (ti-ti). We will also begin to explore melodic notation as we aurally recognise and sing high and low pitches, focusing on the Sol-Mi interval.
Term 2: Sing and jive
Students will learn about expressive qualities in music as they explore musical concepts using their voice and body movements. They will be using a solfege based system (Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol etc.) to assist them in understanding notes and melody and will explore part work in the form of partner songs and rounds.
Term 3: Play that song
Students will develop their ensemble skills as they perform rhythmic ostinatos on the glockenspiel, boomwhackers and chime bars. The solfege patterns learnt in Term 2 will assist them to perform and compose simple melodies using the glockenspiel.
Term 4: Peter and the Wolf
Work covered this term will prepare students for Year 3 Music when they will all have the opportunity play a wind instrument (flute, clarinet, trumpet and trombone). They will develop an awareness of the different timbral qualities of string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments as they explore the story of Peter and the Wolf and other orchestral music.
Term 1: Percussion
Students will develop their sense of steady beat and understanding of rhythm as they explore a variety of percussion instruments. They will be using crotchet (ta), quaver (ti-ti) and semiquaver (tica-tica) rhythms to perform and compose their own patterns. Students will also develop their aural skills through vocal exploration and listening activities in preparation for playing brass instruments in Term 2.
Term 2: Brass
Students will have the opportunity to play both the trumpet and trombone this term as they develop tonal awareness, ensemble skills and brass specific techniques. Rhythm will initially remain a focus as we introduce mimim and semibreve notation, playing notated rhythmic patterns as a class on notes that we are learning. Melody will also be explored through a solfege based system (eg. Do, Re, Mi) and it is hoped that students will be able to play simple tunes using only 3 notes such as 'Hot Cross Buns' and 'Au Claire De La Lune' by the conclusion of the term.
Term 3: Woodwind
This term students will learn to read notes on the treble staff as they begin to play both the clarinet and flute. Our new woodwind instruments certainly make a great sound and are specially designed for younger players. The curved headjoint of the Nuvo jflute and simplified and compact design of the Nuvo clarineo' make them an excellent starting point for beginner students.
Term 4: Specialisation
Students will choose one of the four instruments they have experienced over the past two terms to specialise in and continue to develop their uderstanding of melodic notation. Students will create a short composition for their instrument as part of assessment this term.
Term 1: Brass
Students will have the opportunity to play both the trumpet and trombone this term as they develop tonal awareness, ensemble skills and brass specific techniques. Rhythm will initially remain a focus as we perform notated rhythmic patterns on notes that we are learning on our instruments. Melody will also be explored using a solfege based system (eg. Do, Re, Mi) and students should be able to play simple tunes using only 3 notes such as 'Hot Cross Buns' by the conclusion of the term.
Term 2: Woodwind
This term students will learn to read notes on the treble staff as they begin to play both the clarinet and flute.
Term 3 and 4:
The study of music from different cultures presents many interesting and unique opportunities for students to experience and develop their understanding of the musical elements. Over the course of two terms students will explore rhythm, pitch, dynamics, expression, form, timbre and texture by listening to, composing and performing music from Africa, Japan, Europe, North and South America and Australia.
When learning about African music students will explore beat and tempo through the African children’s game Obwisana. They will experience and compose music that uses the compositional devices of polyrhythms (texture) and call and response.
Students will explore pitch and harmony through the study of the Japanese pentatonic scale. Using this scale student’s will improvise, perform accompaniments in the form of an ostinato and compose a short notated melody.
More elements will be explored in Term 4 when students experience Japenese Taiko drumming, European yodelling, Native American music, Swing and Latin jazz styles.
Terms 1 & 2
Year 5 students will be developing their understanding of the elements of music as they learn about music from different cultural groups. Over the course of two terms students will explore rhythm, pitch, dynamics, expression, form, timbre and texture by listening to, composing and performing music from Africa, Japan, Europe, North and South America and Australia.
For their assessment in Term 1 students will be composing a short pentatonic melody which will require them to identify and notate both rhythmic groupings and notes on the staff.
Students will also perform the Japanese folk song 'Sakura' in a small group. They will be required to sing and play independent parts against contrasting parts with a steady beat and accurate rhythms. They will also be assessed on their use of an appropriate and tuneful singing voice.
Terms 3 & 4
Students will continue to extend their understanding of notes in the treble clef as they learn to play the guitar in semester 2. Students will play songs in a finger picking style and will learn a few simple tunes in term 3. Students will be assessed on their performance of Ode to Joy in term 4 which we will be practicing in the weeks leading up to their assessment.
Terms 1 & 2
Year 6 students will be exploring contemporary music styles across the course of the year. This semester student’s will build upon the guitar skills they developed in year 5, however their focus will be the musical elements of melody, form and harmony as they begin to explore chords (multiple notes or strings played at one) and chord progressions on the guitar. Students learn how to interpret chord diagrams so that they have the knowledge required to be able to teach themselves more chords in the future, should they wish to take their guitar playing further.
Students will be assessed on their performance of the famous Beatles song ‘Hey Jude’ which they will be required to sing as they accompany themselves on guitar in small groups. Other activities they will be participating in include notating a bass line, playing guitar riffs, reading guitar tablature and composing a song using a 12 bar blues structure.
Terms 3 & 4
Students will deepen their understanding of the elements of rhythm, beat and expression this semester as they compose and choreograph a class body percussion ensemble piece. Students will also explore digital music styles, using garage band to play with loops and recording techniques to create their own original tracks.