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Key Strings – Olympic Games 2016

This Summer the musical group ‘Key Strings’ provided us with a terrific performance!  To mark the 2016 Olympic Games which are due to be held in Brazil, the show opened with the samba sounds of Rio. 

 

With the help of the Key Strings duo, the children had their own opening ceremony in which they paraded flags and lit the Olympic flame.  Then the musical elements (timbre, texture, dynamics, structure, pitch, tempo and duration) were explored through the music of the continents of the Olympic flag.

 

We learnt about string instruments from the past and the present, linking the ancient games with the modern Olympics.

 

Both the children and the staff thoroughly enjoyed listening to the music and participating in the activities, whilst learning a lot about the musical aspects of the Olympic Games.

 

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Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) Winter Visit

Last week we were very fortunate to have a group of students from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) visit the school.  They brought with them their amazing Shadow Theatre which they used to help them tell the Winter Myth stories. 

 

In addition to the special effects provided by the shadow theatre, the children enjoyed the humour provided by the animal characters, and the singing that both opened and closed the show.  A big thankyou to the students at LIPA – you are fantastic!

‘Music Alive ‘ concert

This term we were very fortunate to have ‘Music Alive’ perform for us here at school.  They are a fantastic orchestra created by the Knowsley peripatetic music teachers.

 

The concert started with a lively rendition of the Muppets theme tune to get everyone in the mood! We went on to learn about the 7 different elements of music – tempo, dynamics, duration, timbre, pitch, structure and texture. 

We also learnt about the different kinds of instruments in the orchestra – percussion, brass, string and woodwind.  We saw and heard a range of large and small woodwind instruments.

 

Everybody sang along to the orchestra.  We sang ‘In the Jungle’ in 3 parts.  Through the Jess Glynne song ‘Hold my Hand’, we learnt that songs have a structure based on the introduction, bridge, chorus and verse.

 

It was a great opportunity for the children to experience live music and see teachers they have known over the years performing as an orchestra. A big thank you to the Knowsley peripatetic team!

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