Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Senior Choir Page Update


The Senior Choir page has been updated with important dates that will be happening this term.

It's going to be a busy term for the Senior Choir in preparation for the Massed Choir Festival!


Term 3 Update

Welcome back to Music in Term 3!

I am very happy with how all classes have settled back into the classroom after their term break.

This term students will continue to build upon skills and concepts covered earlier in the year, with a focus on melody and form.

Here is a quick look at what each year group has been working on.

Year 1

The Year 1 students have mastered their Ta, Ti-Ti and Za rhythm notes, and are now able to read, write and perform rhythms without the aid of 'beat bubbles'. They have also added a new rhythm note, Ta-aa, to their repertoire.

The Year 1's have been singing beautifully and are able to sight sing melodies that use the notes Do, Re and Mi.

This term we are using the boomwhackers and tapping sticks to perform a song called 'Flying Man'.

Year 2

In Year 2, students are continuing to study the difference between melody and accompaniment. We have been learning a song called 'Dinosaurs' which involves singing and performing on boomwhackers and tapping sticks.


Year 3

The Year 3's have been very excited to begin learning the ukulele this term. They are all able to hold the ukulele correctly and perform the C chord in time to a piece of music.

We have been examining the characteristics of verse and chorus and trying to recognise the different sections of a song when heard.

The Year 3's are applying their knowledge of verse and chorus, as well as their ukulele skills, through learning to play and sing 'London Bridge'.

Year 4

Year 4 students have begun learning how to read notes using the treble staff. We have been using rhymes such as "FACE in the space" and "Every Good Boy Deserves Fruit" to help us remember what each note is called.

Year 4's have also continued to build upon the ukulele skills covered in Year 3. They are learning to sing and perform a song called "I'm A Peanut" which involves some tricky rhythms and chord changes.

Year 5 and 6

Year 5 and 6 students are adding more chords to their ukulele repertoire, including the A minor chord and C7 chord. We have been learning to perform a ukulele song in Rondo form (A-B-A-C-A), which students will then compose their own melody to later in the term.


I'm looking forward to our time together in the Music room this term.





Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Well Done to the Junior and Senior Choirs!

Congratulations to both the Junior and Senior Choirs for their amazing performances at the ANZAC Day Ceremony and Week 1 assembly. You all sung beautifully and I am looking forward to learning many more new songs with you all this term.

For Senior Choir members, the "Senior Choir" page has been updated with information about how to access the Massed Choir Festival website. Please read it carefully as it is a valuable tool for learning all of our new songs.

See you all at choir rehearsals!

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Term 1 Update 

Welcome back to music in 2018 at Wattle Grove Primary School!

I am incredibly happy with how hard all classes have been working at the start of this year, and I am looking forward to continuing our journey in music together for the remainder of the year.

This term is all about rhythm and form in music. Classes have been refreshing their memories of the rhythms learned last year, and performing on various percussion instruments. Here is a little look at what each of the classes have been working on so far this term.

Year 1

The Year 1 classes have shown great enthusiasm in their introduction to music. They have been learning to read and write the rhythm notes “Ta”, “Ti-Ti” and “Za” and perform combinations of rhythm patterns on tapping sticks. We have been singing and chanting songs at different speeds and learned to recognise and move to the beat of music.




Year 2

The Year 2’s have continued to develop their understanding of rhythm, and have added the rhythm notes “Tika-tika”, “Ta-a” and “Ta-a-a-a” to their repertoire. We have begun looking at ostinato’s (a repeated pattern in music) and practiced performing rhythms and chanting at the same time. Coming up we have a performance of our Term 1 song Money and Key, which involves chanting, body movements and percussion.




Year 3

In our Year 3 lessons we have been looking at the tempo terms “presto”, “moderato” and “largo”, which describe the speed of a piece of music. Students have added the rhythm note “za-a” to their list of rhythm notes they are able to read, write and perform, and we have been practicing these rhythms on the djembe drums. The second half of term 1 will focus on time signatures and writing tricky combinations of rhythm patterns.




Year 4

The Year 4 classes have worked very hard at the beginning of 2018. We have added the rhythm note “Za-a-a-a” and “Ta-a-a” to our repertoire and are now learning to use the ‘proper’ note names of these rhythms, such as crotchets, quavers and semiquavers (to name a few). We have been practicing a song titled Broomsticks, which involves chanting and drumming a challenging ostinato at the same time.



Year 5 and 6

The Year 5 and 6 classes have continued to develop rhythm skills learned in previous years. We have practiced reading and writing the 1 beat rhythm patterns of “Ti-Tika” and “Tika-Ti”, and performing them on the djembe drums using different techniques. We have added dynamic changes while playing instruments to add expression and feeling during performances. The year 5 and 6’s have been exploring binary form songs and will begin to examine songs structured in ternary form in the second half of the term.


Well done to all students for such a magnificent start to 2018!

Monday, 11 December 2017

Congratulations to the Choirs

Well done to both the Junior and Senior Choirs for all their hard work and enthusiasm in a very busy couple of weeks.

The Senior Choir sung beautifully at the Graduation Ceremony and helped to make it such a special and memorable evening for the Year 6's. Well done!

The Junior Choir had two exciting performances in Week 9. First at Sunshine Park Hostel, where the Junior Choir met and sung for the residents. Thank you to Sunshine Park Hostel for hosting a wonderful morning tea, it was a pleasure to sing for you. The Junior Choir also performed at the final assembly and did a brilliant job!

Thank you to both choirs for all your dedication this year. It has been a fantastic experience for me conducting you and I couldn't be more proud of you all!




Sunday, 26 November 2017

Year 6 Graduation Song


This is a audio recording of the Year 6 Graduation song to practice to. There isn't any singing in the recording, but there is a piano playing the melody line to help you!

Below are the lyrics.



When I grow up
I will be tall enough to reach the branches
that I need to reach to climb the trees
You get to climb when you're grown up.

When I grow up
I will be smart enough to answer all
the questions that you need to know
the answer to when you're a grown up.

And when i grow up
I will eat sweets every day
On the way to work and I will go to bed late every night

And I will wake up
When the sun comes up and I
Will watch cartoons until my eyes go square
And I won't care 'cause I'll be all grown up.

When I grow up

When I grow up (When I grow up) When I grow up
I will be strong enough to carry all
the heavy things you have to haul
around with you when you're a grown up

And when I grow up (when I grow up) when I grow up
I will be brave enough to fight the creatures
that you have to fight beneath the bed
each night to be a grown up.

And when I grow up (when I grow up)
I will have treats every day
and i'll play with things that mum pretends
that mums don't think are fun.

And I will wake up (I will wake up)
When the sun comes up and I
Will spend all day just lying in the sun
And I won't care 'cause I'll be all grown up.

When I grow up.

(Instrumental Break)
When I grow up
I will be tall enough to reach the branches
that I need to reach to climb the trees
You get to climb when you're grown up.

When I grow up
I will be smart enough to answer all
the questions that you need to know
the answer to when you're a grown up.

When I grow up.




Monday, 20 November 2017

Junior Choir Change for Week 7


To all members of the Junior Choir. We will be having a rehearsal on Wednesday Morning before school as Friday is a pupil free day.

It is important that we all attend this rehearsal in order to prepare for our visit to Sunshine Park Hostel in week 9.