Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The Power of Music

As our Grade 4/5 Choir is getting ready to visit nursing homes and sing songs the residents have chosen, we have watched some very touching videos on the effects music can have on the elderly. Please take some time to watch these amazing clips!

Alive Inside: The iPod Project

Alive Inside: Henry's Story

Alive Inside: The Story of Gil and Denise

News Segment on The iPod Project

Memory Moments: Music Therapy

Thursday, 4 October 2012

The Tritsch Tratsch Polka

Students in grades 1, 2 and 3 have been learning the Tritsch Tratsch Polka by Johann Strauss. We began by incorporating movement and drama (the ringmaster and tightrope walker).

Next we analyzed the form (the pattern, or "recipe" of the music) which is ABA (or same/different/same).

Finally, students chose classroom instruments to play for each of the different sections of the music. The videos are now up on our YouTube Channel (see videos below - they have been changed to a "negative" picture quality to accommodate privacy).

Students also learned a little bit about the composer (Johann Strauss).

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                                         Room 9:

                                         Room 10:

                                         Room 11:

                                         Room 12:

Monday, 1 October 2012

Chanda Mama

The Grade 4/5 Outreach Choir is learning a song from India called "Chanda Mama". We first heard the song through Playing For Change.

You can visit their website for more information and videos! http://playingforchange.com/

Chanda Mama is a lullaby from India, and the translation is as follows:

Chanda Mama, Chanda Mama, ravaiya,     Uncle Moon, Uncle Moon, please come,
Nannu ettukuni muddhu ladu kovaiya.       Take me into your hands and give me
                                                                     a kiss.
Maralu nemeni chesina,                              When I was mischievous,
Garalu neeve choopina.                               You showed me kindness and love.

Want to practice at home? Here you go!!