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This half term we are reviewing all the learning you have done this school year. Choose your favourite songs, and have fun. There are lots of activities you can choose from. 

 

If you have a favourite unit in the scheme, or you have missed a week, you can access all the units you have worked on as many times as you like. Just log in to Charanga and launch any of the units and enjoy listening!

In class, we have been learning the rhythm game, Boom Snap Clap. See if you can follow the rhythm using body percussion.

Boom Snap Clap - Mini Mama - Terra Jole'

Extra music activity

Are you having lots of fun finding the pulse in your music lessons?

You can use anything to find the pulse. In school we have used our bodies, by clapping, tapping, stamping or moving. We have also used instruments, such as shakers, drums and tambourines.

How about making your own instrument to use with your music lessons?

Here is a video to give you instructions to make a drum using balloons with plastic bottles or jars. The drum is made using the same principles as a regular drum, and will make a sound. It’s also a great way to reuse plastic and help save our planet!

Always get an adult’s supervision with scissors. You may also need an adult to help you stretch the balloon over the opening of the plastic bottle or jar.

How to Make a Timpani Drum Easy Plastic Bottles And Balloons

How will you decorate your drum? Do you have paint, or stickers? You could use glue and wind wool or ribbon around it, or cover it with coloured paper to make it look really bright and colourful.

What will you use to hit your drum? Lolly sticks might work well. Would a spoon make a different sound? Can you use your drum to find the pulse in your favourite song?

Remember, when you are discussing the music, you need to use the musical vocabulary that you have learned in school. Here is a list of the words you need to know and their definitions:

 

Pulse - the strong beat in the music

 

Rhythm - this is a repeated pattern of sound

 

Pitch - the frequency of the sound, is it high, like a smoke alarm, or low, like a motorbike?

 

Dynamics - this is the difference and change in volume of notes. They might be soft, light sounds or big, powerful sounds. 

 

Tempo - the speed of the music

 

Timbre - the quality of the tone which is like the "voice" of a musical instrument. You can tell an electric guitar by the timbre of the notes. A guitar has a very different timbre to a violin.

 

Structure - how the song is put together. It could have a verse, then a chorus, repeated throughout. Other songs have a middle section called a bridge, which sounds a little different from the rest of the song.

 

Texture - how the different layers of sound come together in a piece of music. A song might have a thin texture, with a vocal and a piano, or it may be thick, with many voices and a number of different instruments playing together.

 

Notation - the way we write music down so that we can read and sing or play it. In music lessons you have seen musical notes on a staff, with notation added.   ♪♫♪♫♪♫

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