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Music

Our Music department often runs A,G&T trips - for example the drumming workshops with percussion students from the Royal College of Music, as well as wider opportunities for examples concerts. We run House Music competition where anyone can get involved play/sing!

Extra Curricular clubs! Timetable here - come and join any and all that they would like to or speak to any of the music team for details. We also encourage students to come to the concerts and see what music is going on for themselves!

General

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Have a go at 2 of the theory tutorials here!

SEE

Arrange to go and see a live music concert. Write a review of the concert and include: 

  1. An overview of the performers - who were they? What type of music do they play? 
  2. A brief description of the pieces that they played.
  3. Your favourite piece within the concert and why.
  4. An overall summary of whether you enjoyed the concert, or not and why.

WATCH

Watch this introduction to the ‘Finlandia’ by Jean Sibelius. This piece was written in 1899 as a protest against increasing censorship by the Russian Empire. The piece demonstrates what Sibelius loves about his homeland such as the beautiful countryside with its vast wilderness, national parks and freezing skiing. Write a piece of music to represent where you live.

THINK

When are next watching a TV programme think about the music you hear. Google the programme and see who wrote the music for it. Research 3 other programmes that they have written music for.

READ

Make sure that go to an extra-curricular music club!

Vocalise

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Learn to sing a song of your choice. Record yourself and show your teacher.

SEE

Go and see a live vocal concert.

WATCH

Watch this video on vocal warm-ups. Have a go

THINK

Research the biology about how the voice works, drawing a diagram to help you. Use this video to help.

READ

Have a go at 2 more of the theory tutorials here!

Orchestra

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Learn where each of the instruments sit in the plan of the orchestra. Draw a diagram, colour code this and bring in.

SEE

Go and see a live orchestral concert. Pick your favourite instrument and justify why.

WATCH

Have a go at this Google AI virtual conducting. Watch this video to see how it works!

THINK

Research the history of the orchestra. Use this video to help us.
READ Watch these videos out more about these musical instruments!

Rap

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Write your own lyrics for 3 verses and a chorus of a rap song about current affairs.

SEE

Go and see a live rap concert.

WATCH

Watch this video of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Have a go at learning the rap!

THINK

Find out 10 facts about the history of rap.

READ

Experiment with this rap generator to create your own raps!

Keyboard

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Revise the notes on the treble clef and bass clef!

SEE

Go and see a live piano recital.

WATCH

Watch this video on the history of the piano. Make a timeline of this history.

THINK

Have a go at 2 more of the theory tutorials here!

READ

Book a practice room and come and use this tutorial to learn twinkle twinkle little star!

African Drumming

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Make up your own African Drumming rhythm using ‘bass’, ‘tone’ and ‘slap’ and record it to show your teacher. Can you notate it too?

SEE

Go to the British museum to see an exhibit about African culture. Write a paragraph about how this relates to African Drumming.

WATCH

Watch this Stomp video on how these professional musicians are making music with everyday objects. Can you have a go?

THINK

Make a poster with 10 facts about the history and culture of African Drumming.

READ

Explore the BBC Bitesize tutorials about Africa here.

Brass

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Listen to this piece of music. Can you identify what note this melody starts on? Could you try and write out part of the melody?

SEE

Go to a live concert that includes brass instruments. Evaluate which brass instrument you think is the most effective and why.

WATCH

Watch this video on how brass instruments work. Make a poster demonstrating this.

THINK

Research the different between brass instruments and wood wind instruments.

READ

Explore the different brass instruments through this website!
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