Please note changes to the auditions for Battle of the Bands:
Auditions will now take place Monday 29th February - Friday 4th March. The timings of auditions will be released and uploaded the week before.
The final will still take place on Wednesday 9th March.
We've currently received a record number of band entries for this year's battle (51 bands) so it will be a very busy audition week. Good luck to everyone taking part. Only 12 bands will make it through to the final.
Apologies for the date changes - this is because Miss Rusbatch is attending the Music Education Expo in London and the Awards for Excellence ceremony in Knightsbridge.
Orchestra will also be cancelled that week - Thursday 25th February.
4K performing their own song: He Killed the Monsters
The children in Orchestra have been developing their compositional ideas for our composition, entitled, Space Sailing. The piece was initially inspired by a short melody, composed by Max. To watch and listen to the development of this new piece, visit the Orchestra page.
The children in 4DP and 4F have been developing their music-reading and recorder-playing skills very quickly, thanks to their effort and concentration and perseverance. Keep it up kids!
In last week's orchestra rehearsal I asked the children to improvise a simple melody. Max composed a beautiful pattern of notes on the violin. This week, we decided on the chord-progression pattern and then arranged the notes for the different instrument groups. Today we recorded the work-in-progress and you can watch and listen to the recording on the orchestra page. Max has chosen to name the piece: Space Sailing.
Well done everyone in the orchestra. Let's develop your ideas further next week. In the meantime, your homework is to experiment with these notes and chord patterns and bring those ideas to next week's rehearsal (either written down / notated / or in your head!)
Today has been a frustrating reminder as to how careful we need to be when using and handling musical instruments. Following today's year 6 band rehearsal, this lovely Fender guitar was left, leaning against some cupboards, and before long, it fell sideways to the floor. This resulted in the head of the guitar snapping off. Please always ensure you return the school guitars to the hangers on the wall. Thank you.
4R and 4K have now received 3 (out of 10) free ukulele lessons with Mr McGuigan and Miss Rusbatch. They have been working hard, concentrating well, strumming with certainty and progressing well. Keep it up Year 4. For more information about ukulele lessons in school, and to view video clips and web links, visit the ukulele page.
In today's Year 5 rehearsal for Battle of the Bands, Miss Rusbatch heard a number of different covers, including the Beatles and David Bowie, plus lots of original songs. Keep up the hard work everyone. For more information about this exciting annual music industry enterprise competition, visit the Battle of the Bands 2016 page.
Here's a sneak peek at one of this week's rehearsals for Battle of the Bands. Today, the children in the year 4 bands were experimenting musically.
Lunchtime rehearsals have now started for Battle of the Bands. Slots are allocated by year group, to ensure that rehearsals don't clash with lunch sittings. If however some bands contain children from varied year groups, they can attend one rehearsal slot per week that doesn't clash with anyone's lunch sitting.
MONDAY LUNCHTIME 12:30 - 12:55 - Year 5
WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME 12:30 - 12:55 - Year 6
THURSDAY LUNCHTIME 12:30 - 12:55 - Year 4
FRIDAY LUNCHTIME 12:35 - 13:00 - Year 3
Welcome to the Spring Term! I hope you all had a lovely break and feel refreshed and ready to face an action-packed, fun-filled musical term here at Downs Junior School.
Please note: All music clubs re-commence NEXT week (from Monday 11th January)
If you would like to enrol your child in Mega Choir or Jam Band or Orchestra, please complete and return the sign-up form (which is available from the school office or download from the Clubs page).
Here are a couple of dates for your musical diaries:
Battle of the Bands 2016 - The Final
Wednesday 9th March 2016 15:30 - 17:15 in the school hall
Tickets will be required via the online booking system - details to follow.
Year 4 Ukulele Concerts
Tuesday 22nd March in the school hall - tickets will not be required
13:45 - 14:15 - 4R
14:45 - 15:15 - 4K
Battle of the Bands 2016
Recorder - Year 3
Ukulele - Year 4
STOMP - Year 6
- Head of Music -
- Guitar -
Lisa De Simone
- Violin / Viola -
- Cello -
- Double Bass / Bass Guitar -
- Woodwind -
- Brass -
- Piano -
- Keyboard -
- Drum Kit -
- Voice -
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