Spring 2

Power of the Pentatonic 

Last half term, students explored the pentatonic scale and acquired a solid keyboard playing technique, which enabled them to play ‘Oh Susanna’ - an American Folk piano piece. This half term, students will compose a pentatonic melody in simple triple time that has a balanced 4-bar question and answer phrase. 

How parents can get involved:

  • Ask your child to name the notes of the keyboard
  • Ask your child to name the notes of the Pentatonic scale they are learning
  • Ask your child to play ‘Amazing Grace’.

Spring 1

The beauty of the Baroque

In this unit, students will explore the relationship between melody and harmony, develop their keyboard skills and their ability to perform an independent line within a contrapuntal texture. Pupils will perform an independent musical line in an ensemble performance of Pachelbel’s Canon and compose new melodies to fit with Pachelbel’s ground bass and use these to create an original canon.

How parents can get involved:

  • Ask your child the name the notes of the keyboard
  • Ask your child who Pachelbel was
  • Ask your child to name you features of the ground bass
  • Ask your child to play the ground bass of Pachelbel’s Canon to you

Autumn 2

Rhythm and Pulse – West African Drumming

Last half term, pupils secured basic notation reading skills by learning simple rhythmic patterns and performed these, using body percussion. This term, pupils will understand the diverse roles, functions and sounds of the music of West Africa. Pupils will begin by performing ostinato patterns before moving onto more increasingly complex rhythms, textures and structures, as they develop a secure djembe playing technique. Pupils will drive forward their ability to improvise, sing and play independent parts and create new music that embraces the traditions of West Africa.

How parents can get involved:

  • Ask your child to clap the ostinato rhythms back to you and tell you how many beats each note is held for?
  • Ask your child the techniques used in order to play the Djembe?
  • Ask your child what the 3 tones are when playing the Djembe?

Autumn 1

Rhythm and Pulse – STOMP! And West African Drumming

This term, pupils will secure basic ensemble skills and learn simple rhythmic notation by performing and composing Stomp! inspired patterns. Pupils will begin by performing ostinato patterns using body percussion and move on to working with increasingly complex rhythms, textures and structures as they develop a secure djembe playing technique. They drive forward their ability to improvise, sing and play independent parts and create new music that embraces the traditions of West Africa.

They understand the diverse roles, functions and sounds of the music of West Africa.

How parents can get involved:

  • Ask your child to clap the ostinato rhythms back to you and tell you how many beats each note is held for?
  • Ask your child the techniques used in order to play the Djembe?