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At St. Joseph’s we live, love and learn by the example of Jesus

At St. Joseph’s we live, love and learn by the example of Jesus

Music

At St. Joseph’s we believe a well-rounded musical education can contribute to musical excellence and much more besides.  Through our specially tailored Music Curriculum, we intend to inspire a life-long love of music and the curiosity to continue developing their musical skills and learning to the best of their ability. 

 

We listen to and discuss works by the “Great” composers and many others.  We want to inspire children to begin playing a musical instrument and compose their own music so that maybe one day they can work in the music industry. 

 

Our goal for Music education is that children are able to:

  • perform with confidence, using their voices and when playing a variety of musical instruments.
  • develop their creativity through composition and improvisation activities.
  • appreciate music from many diverse countries and cultures.
  • move onto the next stage of their musical education with the relevant musical vocabulary, skills, knowledge and understanding.
  • evaluate work and performances and suggest possible improvements.
  • learn useful skills such as problem-solving, perseverance and team-work through musical activities.
  • gain an awareness of others, acceptance and tolerance of other people’s viewpoints or preferences.

 

We believe it is important for children to have as many meaningful musical experiences as possible, to enable them to find out which kinds of music they enjoy performing or listening to most.  Music can be used for enjoyment and relaxation and can contribute to good mental wellbeing.  We aim to give all children opportunities to fulfil and even exceed the curriculum expectations for music, regardless of their background, gender or SEND status. 

Year 6 have continued to be inspired by the 12-bar Blues.  Here are some of the pieces they composed after learning the 12-bar Blues chord sequences.

Y6 WWII 12 bar Blues Inspired piece

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-11-10.

Y6 WWII 12 bar Blues Inspired piece

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-11-10.

Y6 WWII 12 bar Blues Inspired piece

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-11-10.

Y6 WWII 12 bar Blues Inspired piece

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-11-10.

Year 3 have been playing melodies on open strings on the Ukulele.  Here are just a small selection of their fantastic performances.

Y3 Tribal Tales Mouse, Mousie

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-11-10.

Y3 Tribal Tales Mouse, Mousie

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-11-10.

Y3 Tribal Tales Mouse, Mousie

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-11-10.

Y3 Tribal Tales Mouse, Mousie

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-11-10.

Year 4 have been experimenting with combining a chord sequence with rhythmic ostinato patterns.  See if you can identify the repeating patterns.

Y4 Romans Chord sequence and rhythm ostinato

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-11-10.

Y4 Romans Chord sequence and rhythm ostinato

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-11-10.

Y4 Romans Chord sequence and rhythm ostinato

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-11-10.

Year 5 have been playing the Ukulele again.  This week, we learned how to change the pitch of the note by adding a finger at the correct point.

Y5 Egypt Pyramids song

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-11-07.

Y5 Egypt Pyramids song

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-11-07.

Y5 Egypt Pyramids song

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-11-07.

Year 5 have been improving their music reading skills.  they have learned to perform a melody called Camel Ride and could choose to play Ukulele or Chime bars.

Y5 Egypt Camel Ride

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-11-03.

Y5 Egypt Camel Ride

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-11-03.

Y5 Egypt Camel Ride

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-11-03.

Y4 Marching

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-10-20.

Y4 Marching major

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-10-20.

Year 4 have been learning about major and minor keys.  They transposed the Marching, Marching song into a C major.

Y4 Marching

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-10-20.

Y4 Marching

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-10-20.

Year 4 have been composing music for Roman Roads.  They had a graphic score and chose a sound for each layer of the road and built their piece up gradually.

Y4 Roman Roads composition 5

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-10-12.

Y4 Roman Roads composition 4

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-10-12.

Y4 Roman Roads composition 3

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-10-12.

Y4 Roman Roads composition 6

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-10-12.

Y4 Roman Roads composition

Y4 Roman Roads composition

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-10-12.

Year 6 have learned the 12-Bar Blues chord sequence and performed it on Ukulele or Chime bars.  Super work everyone!

Y6 12 Bar Blues

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-10-12.

Year 3 enjoyed creating a rhythm pyramid in their music lesson this week.

We learned four rhythm patterns and layered them up into a pyramid.

Y3 Tribal Tales Rhythm Pyramid

Year 2 have been learning about musical notation.  Today we interpreted "spot grids"to create our own performances.

Y2 Spot Grids

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-10-06.

Y2 Spot Grids

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-10-06.

Y2 Spot Grids

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-10-06.

Year 6 learned new words to a traditional wartime melody and performed it with not one, but two different rhythmic patterns.  

Y6 WWII We're Winning

Year 4 have been working on their Ukulele playing skills.  They had a choice of two different melodies to play - one used open strings only and the other needed two additional notes.

 

Year 4 Marching Ukulele

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-10-06.

Year 4 Romans Marching Ukulele

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-10-06.

Year 3 have been using graphic scores to inspire some body percussion and vocal compositions.

We began by learning about triplets in Chop, chop, choppity chop.

We even composed some musical soup!  Below are just a few of their amazing performances.

Y3 Chop chop choppity chop

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-09-29.

Y3 Tribal Tales Graphic score 1

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-09-29.

Uploaded by None on 2022-09-29.

Year 2 enjoyed singing a song about the first astronauts who landed on the moon.  It helped us learn the astronaut's names and the name of their rocket.  We looked at the rhythm pattern for each name and this helped us learn about dotted notes.  Good work Year 2.

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Y2 Astronauts song

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-09-29.

Year 4 learned about chords in their music lesson this week.  We played a drone using just two notes to begin with and then some pairs were able to play additional notes to create chords.

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Y4 Marching, Marching with chime bar accompaniment drone or chords

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-09-29.

Year 3 have learned how to play the chord of C major on the Ukulele.  We accompanied a song using just this one chord.  You may recognise the melody.

 

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Y3 Tribal Tales Stone Age Frere Jacques with Ukulele accompaniment

Year 2 learned the order of the planets, beginning nearest the sun and working outwards.  Then we used instruments to compose and perform an accompaniment for the words.

 

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Y2 Planets Chant with accompaniment

Year 6 enjoyed making a soundscape for an air-raid during the Blitz.  See if you can hear the air raid siren, people running to shelters, soldiers marching, bombs falling and machine gun fire.  All this was created using just our hands, feet and voices.  

 

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Y6 WWII Air raid soundscape

Year 3 have had fun learning about drones this week.  In musical terms, a drone is a repeating pattern that continues throughout a piece of music or song.  They learned to sing and play the song on Chime bars and then we all worked together to perform a drone.

 

Y3 Tribal Tales Stone Drone

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-09-15.

Year 4 have been improving their music-reading and performance skills.  We learned to sing a short song about the Romans and then learned to perform it on the Chime bars.  Some pairs chose to sing and play the melody we learned originally, while others chose to extend their performances and make them slightly different.  

Y4 Romans Marching, Marching

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-09-15.

Y4 Romans Marching, Marching 2

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-09-15.

A fantastic start to the school year for music.  Year 6 worked with some lyrics written by Sue Nicholls and interpreted her words in their own creative way.

 

Year 6 WWII Echo Rap 1

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-09-08.

Y4 Romans Marching, Marching 3

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-09-15.

Year 6 WWII Echo Rap 2

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-09-08.

Year 6 WWII Echo Rap

Year 6 WWII Echo Rap 4

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-09-08.

Year 6 Echo Rap 5

Uploaded by St. Joseph's YouTube Channel on 2022-09-08.

Year 5 worked really hard in their first music lesson of term.  We learned how to play the chord of C major on the Ukulele and sang a song which includes only this chord.  We even discovered that most of us can play and sing at the same time!  We finished our lesson with a spontaneous performance, which I was lucky enough to catch a video clip of.  Well done year 5!!

Uploaded by None on 2022-09-08.

Year 2 Butterfly Life Cycle

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Composition using patterns

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