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WB: 11th Jan

Good morning everybody!

I have 3 elements of music learning for you to do over your week.
1. Practising the signs for the Biggest Sing
2. Learning about the Juba Dance through our January ‘Ten Pieces’

3. Thinking about our School Value: aspiration

The Biggest Sing
I received the news at the end of last week that unfortunately, the Biggest Sing has been postponed until the Summer. Fortunately that gives more schools an opportunity to join in and make it an even bigger Biggest Sing! That also means we can take our time over learning Lovely Day, so for now carry on practicing the signs for the chorus until you are really confident with them.

Ten Pieces: Florence Price
Last week we learned a little about Florence Price and some of the challenges she overcame to fulfil her ambition to become a musician and composer.
In the video we watched, we also heard about the Juba Dance that inspired the third movement of Florence Price’s Symphony No.1 in E minor. The ‘Juba Dance’ originates in West Africa and was brought over to the United States by slaves who were forced to work on plantations. Banned from playing musical instruments, these slaves used their bodies to create music instead. They created repeating percussive rhythms by patting and slapping their arms, legs and chest and stamping with their feet.
During a traditional juba dance, often all of the music would be created by the dancers performing rhythms on their bodies. Today we call this ‘body percussion’ but back when this dance became popular, around 1845, it was known as ‘pattin’ juba’.

Here is an example of someone who is very accomplished:


See if you can follow along with some of this one:

Pattin Juba.mp4

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Now have a go at learning this patting pattern. How fast can you go?


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Our School Value: Aspiration
Last week lots of us were thinking about our goals and aspirations. Some children were thinking about what they might like to be when they grow up which reminded me of a song from Matilda ‘When I grow up’.

Tim Minchin wrote the music for the musical Matilda. Here he is talking about the writing process and singing it: