Thursday, 7 May 2015

We Won - Air New Zealand Safety Video Competition

Congratulation to all the students that helped making this video. We won the grand prize. Check out the Scoop and video below.

Wellington Scoop


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Beeing A Honey Maker

WALT: Identify 4 elements of music.
SC: I know Tempo is the speed of the beat or pulse. The rhythm is played with long and short notes
I know Pitch relates to the notes. With different notes we make a melody.
I know Texture (timbre) is related to the amount of instruments playing (thick or thin)
I know Dynamics how loud or soft the music is

Elements of music video


In music we have been learning the honey bee song. What is the main message in this song? Can you find identify the melody? Can you tap the beat? Take note where the dynamics change and how it changes the feel.

Watch the video and see if you can sing and rap along by reading the lyrics below.



Beeing A Honey Maker

Chorus
Veres 1
I’m a honey bee, 
What I do will affect ya
pollinating fruits   
while sipping up the nectar

golden black suits 
see me flying to connect ya          
Undercover flower lover                
planet protector

I’m a discover 
ecosystem governor
helping grow the land
so there’s food for the fam
corn for the man
berries for the jam
fruits on the trees
and honey for the bees

Chorus
I’m a honey bee, 
What I do will affect ya
pollinating fruits   
while sipping up the nectar nectar nectar nectar 
We the bees knees bees knees bees knees
buzzin buzzin buzzin no pesticides please

Veres 2
skeleton hexagon
I’m living like a champion 
liquid gold wax home
making honey in our comb    

We dance to communicate
cutting shapes like figure eights
telling all my bee mates
where the flowers concentrate

Im the busy honey bee 
Opposite of lazy
but pesticides they change me
making me go crazy
I can’t find the daisies

You know we don’t like pesticides 
they are killing all our tribes
splitting our unity
stopping reproduction
upsetting our function
stopping reproduction
upsetting our function

Chorus
I’m a honey bee, 
What I do will affect ya
pollinating fruits   
while sipping up the nectar
We the bees knees bees knees bees knees
buzzin buzzin buzzin no pesticides please 

Verse 3

I take up the power
by chilling on the flower
to suck up the nectar
`my sting will affect ya                                                 
Yeah thats right we sting

feeding queen royal jelly 
always clean never smelly                            
spreading good vibes 
through everyones lives
without us, trees and plants would die.

Chorus x 2
I’m a honey bee, 
What I do will affect ya
pollinating fruits   
while sipping up the nectar
We the bees knees bees knees bees knees
buzzin buzzin buzzin no pesticides please 

Monday, 16 February 2015

Lesson 3 - Get Rhythm

WALT: Notate, create and read rhythms.
SC: read and clap 4 bars of simple rhythms that the class notated.

Related videos click below
Get Rhythm
reading rhythms.

It was fun today learning the Johnny Cash song 'Get Rhythm'. It reminded all of us that today's focus was learning how to notate, create and read rhythms.

The basics are really simple but it quickly becomes more difficult.
Take a close look are the chart below. Can you see that every note takes a different shape and represents an amount of time/beats that note is played for. Watch the video to be reminded, reading rhythms.



Lesson 2 - 4 Chord Song

WALT: play 4 chords on the piano
SC: Play C, G, Am, F on the keyboard

Lesson related video links
4 chord song.

Many pop songs are made up with the same chord progression. I - V - VI - IV check out the link -
4 chord song. Just incase you did not know: a chord is the simultaneous sound of three or more musical notes. Today we focussed on learning these chords  C, G, Am, F. If you learn these basic chords chords, you will know how to play a great range of songs. Don't you think that is awesome?

Monday, 9 February 2015

Music 2015

Welcome to Avalon Intermediate music blog 2015.

Today we had our first lesson it was so much fun. We spent a lot of time talking about what we think music is, what our strengths are and what we are looking forward to learn in music. We then moved on to the keyboards and learnt how to find 4 different keys. It was exciting we even started to play along together as a class.

We are Learning To (WALT) identify 4 notes on the keyboard
Success Criteria (SC) we can find CDE and F on the keyboard

Now can you find the C key on a keyboard?

Remember it is found to the left of the two black keys (C# and D#). Once you can find this note it is possible to find all the other notes by knowing that music uses ABCDEF and G. Look at the picture below for a reminder.




Looking forward to teaching chords next lesson C, G, Am and F. Remember to make a chord you need three notes or more.

Staying in time with the beat is very important - We will be learning about timing and other elements of music in the coming lessons.

For homework this week you need to go to the link below and create your own song. I want you to think about how the music changes when you add or delete a certain sound. Learn your favourite sound by copying it. If you practise it you can present it in class next week.
Click here to make your own song.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Welcome to the Music Room 2014

Kia Ora Koutou!

It has been exciting meeting the new Year 7 students in the Music Room this term. We started the term looking at different music genres and learning to read musical symbols. Check out a few of the different genres here - The Difference Between Music Genres

Both teams were keen to apply this knowledge by learning 'Ode to Joy' on the keyboards. We are learning how to use the correct fingers to play each key. For the second half of our lessons we have been learning four chords on the ukulele - C G Am and F. It is hard at the beginning to learn how to position your fingers but we are getting there! Last week we were able to bring the chords together and play 'I'm Yours' by Jason Mraz on the ukulele. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz Official Clip

It is great to have students bringing along their own ukuleles to our music lessons and to see so many students keen to practise at lunchtimes. Ka mau te wehi!