The Royal Kent School

A Church of England Primary School

Oakshade Road, Oxshott, Surrey KT22 0LE

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Music

I will be posting information and resources here to support you to find out more about what we've been learning in our music lessons at school.  Watch this space...

Mrs Macfarlane

News

Special lessons on 2nd December

Exciting news: on Wednesday 2nd December, the children in Y3, 4, 5 & 6 are lucky enough to be having a Zoom lesson with a member of The BBC Symphony Orchestra.  In preparation, we have been learning about the different families of instruments which make up a symphony orchestra.  We have also learnt about how each type of instrument produces sound and what it sounds like.  If you'd like to watch the BBC Symphony Orchestra in action, I'd recommend trying some of these short films (the lower of the 2 films on each page gives the best footage of the orchestra):

Finlandia by Sibelius - performed by The BBC Symphony Orchestra

New World Symphony by Dvorak - performed by The BBC Symphony Orchestra

Hoe-Down by Aaron Copland - performed by The BBC Symphony Orchestra

Have a think about any questions you would like to ask the musicians and jot it down so that we can make sure that you get the chance to ask it in our lesson on 2nd December!

Class concerts

Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6 will each be having a class concert on Wednesday 9th December.  If you enjoy singing or playing an instrument, why not choose a song or piece of music which you would like to perform to me and the rest of your class.   It doesn't matter what your level or whether it's something Christmassy or not, the one thing I ask is that you practise carefully between now and the concert so that you are well prepared and feel confident during your performance.  Remember that your audience will be very smiley and supportive - we don't mind a few mistakes.  We have been missing live music in lockdown so we would reeeeeally love to hear you perform!

If you play the piano, you are welcome to use the school keyboard - I will be cleaning it down between uses in line with Covid safety measures and I will switch to a different instrument for each separate bubble.  I would rather avoid backing tracks if possible but if you feel it would be really beneficial, please let me know the details well in advance so that I can check the suitability and the tech.  If you are unable to bring your instrument in for any reason, you are welcome to make a video of yourself playing at home and to ask Mum or Dad to email that to me so that I can show it to the class on 9th December.  If you'd like to do this, please get the video to me by 2nd December.

Please remember that performing in the class concert is entirely voluntary; if you'd rather not then you can be a super-supportive audience member! 

If you have any questions, please ask your parent to email me at hmacfarlane@royal-kent.surrey.sch.uk 

Instrumental lessons

If you are interested in individual or small-group instrumental or vocal lessons, visit Surrey Arts for more information.

Ukulele - Y5 & 6

If you're interested in saving up to buy yourself a ukulele to practise on at home, I'd recommend going for a soprano ukulele.  This is the smallest size and exactly like the ones we use at school.  There are lots of different brands but the really cheap ones tend to go out of tune a lot which is frustrating so I'd recommend avoiding those.   Some reasonably-priced brands which I know work pretty well are:

  • Octopus (these are the lovely ones we have at school)
  • Mahalo
  • Makala
  • Kala

Many of these more affordable ukuleles come with poor-quality strings which don't produce a great tone and can go out of tune.  A good way to improve the sound and playability of a budget ukulele is to fit it with some Aquila Nylgut strings.  It's worth talking to a guitar shop / music shop about this if you're unsure.

Here is a video to help you with tuning your ukulele:

How to tune your ukulele using chromatic tuner app

It is also possible to buy a clip-on digital ukulele tuner from guitar / music shops or online.

Have a look at the slides below to help you to practise the C chord, F chord and G chord to try a few of the songs we have learnt.  The formatting is sometimes off when you're viewing the slides on the website so you might like to download them.  I'll add more resources as we go along.

Mrs Macfarlane