Newcomers in KS1 will continue to explore tunes and related exercises from our KS1 Book 1. Support materials and music are available on our KS1 Music Library subscriber pages. Where appropriate, these pieces will be linked to our musical element this term, which is dynamics. With help from their Harp Academy teacher, KS2 children will work on their favourite pieces from our Music Library. They will also be encouraged to explore improvisation and compose their own pieces. KS2 children will investigate dynamics too.
Children in KS2 can select their favourite pieces from our KS2 Music Library. KS1 children will focus on KS1 Book 1, but may also be introduced to material from our Music Library. This is a great way of developing technical and musical skills, while enjoying the choice of material from a personal perspective.
What are dynamics? Children will learn how to create light and shade by using soft and loud sounds. They will learn the associated notation terms and also how we move from one dynamic level to another. Further details are available in our subscriber KS1 and KS2 Musical Elements (dynamics) page.his can be achieved through harmony, playing in rounds, playing in parts, call and response and looping. Further details are available in our subscriber KS1 and KS2 Musical Elements subscriber pages.
COMPOSITION & IMPROVISATION
KS2 children will be encouraged to improvise using our Harp Academy’s popular backing tracks. Some groups will also work on composing their own songs while exploring our dynamics theme. Where appropriate, literacy content will take the form of lyric writing to complete our compositions.
This term we will review how we hold the harmonica with two hands and how we play trills and wah-wahs. There is a conventional way of holding the harmonica with both hands that facilitates other technical skills. A trill is when we move back and forth rapidly between two neighbouring target holes and can be played using drawn or blown notes. Good hand co-ordination underpins this skill. A wah-wah is created by opening and closing our free hand and can also be played using drawn or blown notes.
Children are encouraged to identify and talk about dynamics in songs or music they personally enjoy.
Performance is a powerful device for building self-identity and a sense of worth. Our chosen pieces will help build key performance skills. Through improvisation and song writing, we will encourage creativity and the presentation of personal ideas. Where feasible, we will end our term with a playback in school assembly. Children are also invited to join us on the Kids’ Stage at Paddle Round The Pier on Saturday 7th July.
LITERACY – KS1
Charlie’s Harmonica – J.Jean Robertson
Charlie’s Grandpa teaches Charlie to play the harmonica. Charlie loves making music and he takes his harmonica everywhere. Even in the shower! Find out what happens when Charlie enters the School Talent Contest.
Charlie’s Harmonica is a book from the Level 1-2 Red Reader reading series. It comes complete with reading tips, a key word list and activity and extended study ideas. Charlies Harmonica is published by Rourke Educational Media (ISBN 978-1-61810312-3). Illustrations are by Jenny Snape. Buy at Amazon UK
LITERACY – KS2
The Cello of Mr.O – Jane Cutler
We absolutely adore this book! In a war-torn city, a little girl struggles with many emotions. Her father is away fighting, there is no heating oil, and food is scarce.
Each afternoon, in full view of snipers and amidst the bomb bursts, Mr.O sits in the square and plays his Cello. Until one day a shell destroys his instrument. Undaunted, he returns to play tunes on his harmonica. Through Mr.O’s music, the little girl learns to confront fear and build courage. The Cello of Mr.O is published by Dutton Children’s Books (ISBN 0-525-46119-1) and illustrated by Greg Crouch. Buy at Amazon UK