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WB: 18th May

Good morning everybody!
Mrs Booth here again. 
Your teachers have been showing me photos and videos of some of your musical activities during lockdown which have really been making me smile. I particularly loved the train pictures Year 3 made while listening to our Ten Piece music. I have started putting your photos in a new gallery:

Your teachers have also been passing on your comments and I’d like to say thank you for all the encouragement you’ve been giving me while I learn to play the ukulele. This week I have been learning to play Somewhere Over the Rainbow as requested by Summer in Year 2. I thought it was a great suggestion as lots of you have been making beautiful rainbows for your windows.

Week 6 ukulele - Rainbow.mp4

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This is the ‘play along’  I used on youtube:

UPDATE: Today's Google Doodle (20th May) celebrates Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's 61st Birthday. Israel was a native Hawaiian ukulele player and singer-song writer, who is perhaps best know for touching the world with his rendition of 'Over the Rainbow'. Through his joyful songs and lifelong advocacy for the island's values and culture, 'Iz' forever changed the face of Hawaiian music.
You can watch here:

I have also started learning a song requested by one of the adults. It is pretty tricky, but I like a challenge – that’s how I’ll get better. So far I have only mastered the introduction, but I have made a video of where I have got to and how I practice. It can take a lot of practising to master something new.

Week 6 - Practice.mp4

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Below, I have new musical activities you might want to listen to or try out this week.
* I have a song for everyone to listen to and learn this week all about families.

* You can carry on listening to and thinking about our ’10 pieces’ trailblazing composer Heitor Villa Lobos. This week you can make your own piece of train music.
* Finally, I have a video to  watch about the rapper Nadia Rose.

If you want to do even more music this week, there is a lesson on rhythm and pulse on Oak Academy you could try. It was made for KS2, but I think everyone might  enjoy it:

Don’t forget to keep sending pictures to your teacher of what musical activities you get up to and we’ll share more of them in our gallery.

Have a good week everyone,
Mrs Booth

A new song for everyone:
What makes a family

In this video, singer songwriter Al Start teaches you how to sing and makaton sign her song, What makes a family. This big-hearted song celebrates families of absolutely every size and shape.

If you would like to learn this song, you’ll find the lyrics here:


Another song that we enjoy in reception is ‘We are Family’ by Sister Sledge. I was lucky enough to see them sing this song a couple of years ago and the whole audience were smiling, dancing and clapping along. It was a great feeling. Can you clap along to this recording of Sister Sledge? Or maybe you can find another way to mark the pulse. You could stamp your feet, nod your head, copy some of their dance moves or make up a dance of your own.

KS1 Singing practice:
As well as our new song, What makes a family, this week you could also practice Sing a rainbow.
You could even learn the Makaton signs for all the colours:

KS2 Singing practice:

As well as our new song, What makes a family, this week you could keep practising our 2 new big songs:
One Moment, One people
Let love shine through
BBC Ten pieces
This month we have been listening to a piece of music called The Little Train of the Caipira by  Heitor Villa Lobos.
Last week some of you made pictures of what you imagined the journey to be like as you listened to the music. Have a  look in our gallery to see some of Year 3’s pictures:

This week, watch the video where Naomi Wilkinson tells you more about Heitor Villa Lobos  and his music, then you might like to try making some train music of your own.

I have been seeing photos and videos of some of you using homemade drums, shakers and even ukuleles. This week, I wonder if you could find a way to make a ‘chugga chugga’ train sound with things in your house? You could find something to tap, scrape or shake or maybe you could find a way to make the sounds with your body.
Explore different ways to make a train sound. How fast is your train going to go? Could it change speed to get faster and faster? Musicians say accelerando for speeding up and ritenuto for slowing  down.
In Villa-Lobos’ piece, the tempo speeds up, settles and later slows down again to give that feeling of a train journey. Can you do that with your instrument? Maybe you could start very slowly as you imagine setting off from the station. Then, gradually speed up until you reach full speed as you journey through the countryside. Finally, slow down to a stop as you get to your destination.  You could play your train sounds for someone in your family, and they could try and match your tempo while moving like a train.

Listen to the music again. Can you hear how Villa-Lobos also adds some clanking, banging machine sounds to the beginning as the train starts to move and a ‘hissing’ sound to the end of his piece when the train has stopped. Can you find ways to make some of these sounds too? You could work with someone in your family to play your sounds together so that you sound just like a little train.
Your music could be structured like Villa-Lobos’ piece:
1. Random clanking, machine sounds
2. Train moves off, clanking slowly dies away
3. Train speeds up ( accelerando )
4. Train moves for a while at a steady pace (the train’s whistle and horn are heard occasionally)
5. Train slows down (ritenuto)
6. Train stops – big hiss!

How will you record what you have done? Maybe you can you make a music map of your piece of music.

These percussionists have found another way to create a musical train journey:


Finally, something inspiring to watch:
National Pioneers tells local stories of exciting, contemporary musicians and how their lives have changed with music. These stories help explain the history and diversity of music in the UK.
In this video, Rapper Nadia Rose tells the story of the girl from Croydon who loved to rhyme.
Watch her rap alongside an English traditional instrument, the accordion.