Good morning everybody!
Last week our KS2 virtual choir was launched. We have a google classroom where we have exercise and songs to practice, then on a Friday lunchtime we meet up on zoom.
If you would like to join the virtual choir, ask your teacher for the invitation code to join.
Here is our music assembly learning for this week.
1. In our Ten Pieces work, we’ll be learning about the Djembe drum.
3. I have added some Further Listening with some more of Florence Price’s music.
Ten Pieces: Florence Price
This is our last week of learning about the composer Florence Price and her piece Symphony No. 1.
2. In our ‘Singing Assembly’ we’ll be practising last week’s song Wawanko and Wade in the Water.
Reflect on all the things we have done and learned about this month.
What knowledge have you gained? Is there anything more you’d like to learn about Florence Price?
What musical skills did you use or have learned this month? How will you carry on using those skills?
Which piece music did you enjoy listening to the most? Why did you like that one?
All month we have been learning how Florence Price’s music combined the traditions of classical music with the sound of spirituals and West African rhythms and dance from her own culture.
In the performance of her Symphony No. 1 we saw African drums playing the rhythms of a Juba Dance alongside more traditional instruments of the orchestra. This week, you can find out more about an African Drum called the Djembe.
You could try making a drum in the style of a Djembe drum:
(I’d recommend using a balloon as the skin rather than a plastic bag)
Then you might like to try learning a rhythm pattern to play on your drum. If you haven’t got a drum, you could use your chair instead:
Last week we started learning a song called Wawanko about a long lasting friendship. If you haven’t learned it yet, you can go back to last week’s learning. If you know the song and the actions, you can practice along to the track below.
Remember to walk around your room or on the spot to the steady beat. On the response part, stop and sing while performing the clapping pattern.
Florence Price’s music was influenced by African-American spiritual songs such as Swing Low Sweet Chariots and Wade In The Water.
Last term we learned to sing Wade in the Water.
See if you can join in with the chorus and each time ‘God’s Gonna Trouble the Water’ is repeated.
Wade in the water (performance track).mp3
You might enjoy watching this choir singing Wade In The Water.
What did you notice about the performance?
What do you like about it?
How does their performance make you feel?
How does the choir use dynamics (loud/soft) and texture (layers) in their performance?
My Soul Been Anchored in the Lord
"My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord" is an arrangement of a traditional African American song. Price's arrangement was made famous by the contralto Marian Anderson who performed it in one of the most significant concerts ever held in America.
On Easter Sunday, 1939, a concert was held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The star performer was Marian Anderson, but because she was black she wasn’t allowed to perform in Washington D.C.’s Constitution Hall. Washington D.C. was a segregated city at the time and the rules of the hall said that only white performers could appear there.
Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of America at the time, stepped in and the result was an outdoor concert, held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The concert was also broadcast on the radio, meaning that Price’s music reached hundreds of thousands of people across America that evening.
"Juba" from Florence Price's "String Quartet in a minor"
Three Spirituals by Florence Price, performed on the cello: