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Playing and Performing

Music continues to be vibrant and exciting at Unsworth with lots to sing about! We love to celebrate every kind of festival  through singing, and to date children have enjoyed learning songs about the Chinese New Year, Comic Relief, Mothers/Special person’s day and St Patricks day.  Songs are often informative and give the children an insight into traditions and characteristics about each festival.

Unfortunately we have lost our lovely Brass teacher Mr Dixon for the remainder of this academic year due to his other work commitments as a performer, but we look forward to welcoming him back again in September.  The children do have a new Brass teacher and will continue to be supported by myself and Mrs Ali. Year 3 will continue this term with their ‘Wider Op’s recorder sessions.  The children are making super progress and continue to impress me with their note reading skills.  They are also learning songs from Ghana to theme in with work in class.

‘Ten Pieces’ is a project that has been put together by the BBC with the intention of introducing 10 popular pieces of classical music to young people.  Year 4 have had great fun exploring the music of Gustav Holst’s ‘Mars’ from the Planet Suite.   Using this piece for inspiration, they composed their own music based on Mars with percussion instruments, and concluded by learning to play ‘Mars’ on the glockenspiel with orchestral backing track.

Currently we are studying the ‘Hall of the Mountain King’ which you may know as the Alton Towers Theme tune! Our choral group continue to meet at the end of the school day and the choir performed John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ to the whole school in our ‘Big Sing.’ We enjoy singing a diverse repertoire of songs and always try and sing in parts even if we find it difficult at first! You can hear their performance by clicking the link on our Twitter feed.

Our Samba band will recommence next term, so any budding drummers be prepared to get involved.  We will also be holding our annual musical afternoon to show off the musical talents of all our pupils who engage in musical activities. As ever, if you have any questions or queries about the musical education of your child, or you need information about learning to play a musical instrument, please pop in any Tuesday morning.

2 replies on “Playing and Performing”

I have just listened to the Choral Group sing ‘Imagine’. What a beautiful sound-it gave me tingles! Well done, everybody!

At the Christmas productions the quality of the children’s voices was beautiful, from Reception to Yr 6.
You can tell that singing is taught and that the children’s voices are developed rather than just belting out a tune.
It’s great that our children have the opportunity to explore their creative side too.

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