Music News Term One
What to say? Anything I write will seem insignificant at this present time but it is exactly now that MUSIC will be something to really lift our spirits and give that feeling of community that we all need. All groups (except the Biggies) have had a focus (at different levels) on 'opposite' concepts in music - fast/slow, loud /soft, high/low. These can be tricky concepts to separate. Songs for community singing have included “Shipwreck”,” Milaythina”, “Gayung Munda Martji” and “Please Don’t Call me a Koala Bear”.
Littlies - have settled in beautifully and shown great enthusiasm for singing, dancing, instruments … in fact anything musical. They are very keen to share their ideas and creativity. We have explored fast and slow via music stories (e.g Hare and the Tortoise) and various listening and creating games. Dances have included ”Boanoppstekker“ (greeting in different languages) and ”The Longer the Faster” (a scarf dance).
1 / 2 Middlies - are an exuberant and busy group. They have covered many of the same activities as the Littlies at a more complex level. ”The Fairy Penguin” song/dance is a recent favourite.
3 / 4 Middlies – also very exuberant! They’ve worked on djembe drum games requiring lots of careful listening and team work. To fit in with classroom themes we began listening to ”Zodiac Animalia” (an orchestral piece by an Australian composer). It was interesting to match the animal to the music we heard and explain why. Musical words for fast/slow, loud/soft, their origins and meanings were investigated. Morphology even came into music!
Biggies (in column on right)
The present Grade 2’s learned this song in Prep sung by Sting - “Spread a Little Happiness”….it is a good one to sing now …look it up, it’s catchy!
“Even when the darkest clouds are in the sky
You mustn't sigh and you mustn't cry
Spread a little happiness as you go by
What's the use of worrying and feeling blue
When days are long keep on smiling through
Spread a little happiness till dreams come true……..”
I am looking forward to more music with all the Cottage kids soon. Shona