Good morning everybody!
I have 3 elements of music learning for you to do over your week.
1. Preparing for the Biggest Sing
2. Learning about our January ‘Ten Pieces’
3. Listening to a musician who shows our School Value: aspiration
This month we are going to be listening to a piece of music by the composer Florence Price. As an African-American woman, Florence Price combined the traditions of classical music with the sound of spirituals and West African rhythms and dance from her own culture. In 1933 she overcame prejudice to become the first black female composer to have her work performed by a major orchestra.
Visit the BBC Ten Pieces webpage to watch a short video about Florence Price and find out more about her music.
As you watch her piece performed by an orchestra, see what instruments you can spot. Last month we learned how Ravi Shankar combined traditional Indian instruments with a Western Orchestra. Florence Price does something similar in her work. What instrument was unusual to see in an orchestra?
Our School Value: Aspiration
Israel Kamakawiwo was a native Hawaiian ukulele player and singer-song writer. In this video he is playing the ukulele, which is the national instrument of Hawaii. Israel’s music and his high aspirations of himself and others helped to get Hawaii noticed and create a better life and rights for other Hawaiians.
Israel is perhaps best known for touching the world with his rendition of 'Over the Rainbow'. This song has become an anthem for people all over the world who hope for a better and safer life. The words in the song remind us that dreams can be achieved.
The footage at the end is from after his death where his community came together to celebrate his life and achievements and to share their love.