Although we are not allowed to sing indoors at school currently,
in your safe home bubble, you can sing (& blow your instruments!)
to your heart’s content!!
So please explore, enjoy and share all the wonderful Music and French below
with your families as it's been especially chosen to bring you joy,
hope and peace (& healthy exercise!!)
French Games for the Summer
Would you like to discover all about the countries & people who speak French around the world?
Click on the following link & enjoy Language Angels' 'La Francophonie' game!
Alternatively, you may like to find out about Bastille Day in France (which they celebrated this week)
Click on the next link if you would like to learn about the history of The French Revolution
with Language Angels' 'Bastille Day' game!
'LEON & THE PLACE IN BETWEEN' CONCERT
Here’s another FREE concert link for you all to enjoy over the summer holidays – this time from the London Symphony Orchestra with their Schools & Families’ concert.
If you click the link below, it will take you to some beautiful music that I’m sure you’ll recognise
by Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov, Strauss & Tchaikovsky (amongst others)
In addition, they interestingly demonstrate various orchestral instruments & explain how to conduct & compose.
The final piece performed is a modern example of programme music
(in which instruments cleverly paint pictures in your imagination & help tell stories)
If you want to be part of this final “Leon & the place between” musical story, why don’t you download the singing resource pack or the sheet music for your instrument?
Simply scroll down the LSO page and look for the “Join in!” For Families tab.
Please be sure to tune in before the end of the summer, as the concert’s only going to be online until the 30th August!!
Tommy's Samba rhythms on www.drumbit.app
SIMPLE BEATBOXING & drum patterns at www.drumbit.app
I’m hoping that this track will encourage you all to learn & master your beatboxing skills
Hopefully you’ll remember the recordings of your school friends’ new beatboxing patterns? Can you learn a different one as well (or even compose a rhythm yourself?!!) Maybe you can program a pattern into https://drumbit.app/
Be sure to try and ‘Air Drum’ along too, tapping your Right Foot to sound like the Bass drum’s “B” / your Right hand “ts” mimicking the Hi hat’s two cymbals, whilst your Left hand “C” imitates your snare drums!!
Finally, how about writing rap poems to accompany your own Beatbox airdrummed rhythms!!
P.S. I've added instructions below as to how to program our Beatboxing patterns
into the Drumbit app to help you all get started :- )
Time for another School favourite!! The Dingle Dangle Scarecrow
As promised this week, our Sound-Story-Poem - "HORRIBLE HOUSE"!!!
Matthew Lien Rainbow
At last! The notes to play one of your favourite songs!
...& here by popular demand… “RAINBOW” by Matthew Lien – more singing and SIGNING!!
Countless children have requested that I post a link to this wonderful song which we enjoy so regularly and frequently in school.
Hopefully they’ll be able to teach you the sign language we use as we sing,
PLUS there are an extra 4 lines before the final chorus that would be a lovely new addition to the song
for when we all sing it together again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x-4HGi3S2o
Hatfield House Chamber Music Concert
Here’s a link to an amazing concert with music from the 1600s to the present day,
performed by some incredibly talented young musicians.
Hertfordshire’s Purcell School’s musicians range in age from Years 6 to 13
and I am sure that they will inspire you all to practise your instruments or maybe even start lessons in the New Year?
Can you name all the instruments played in the various pieces? I wonder which performance will be your favourite?
Maybe you will research some of the composers & their other compositions?
I shall very much look forward to hearing your thoughts & comments.
Love Shone Down
Here is a link to this very beautiful Christmas song sung by Jo Boyce & the late Mike Stanley. Please share it with your families & teach them the signings for the choruses :- )
If you practise really hard with the downloadable sheet music below, maybe you'll be able to play Love Shone Down by Christmas Day too?!
Pentatonix - Mary did you know
Another enchanting song link to enjoy for Christmas - infact, if you love Pentatonix's style, they have a fabulous collection of festive songs to listen to!
"Ho Ho Ho & Merry Christmas!!" - here's JINGLE BELLS!!
You can download the sheet music and lyrics (with harmonies & Guitar etc chords) below to sing & play along with our children. (There’s also a little tempo (speed) change challenge at the end for when you really master the tunes)
Cathy Berberian "Stripsody"
Year 5 and I had such fun learning about Cathy Berberian's work this week that they requested that I post some links for you all to share :- )
The first link is to a film of Cathy performing 'Stripsody' in which you can hear her amazing vocal technique AND see how she reads her sounds off the page, from a very visual comic book style score:
The second link is to a film of some French children's compositions, inspired by Cathy's 'Stripsody'
... Can you translate all their French sounds? & will you be inspired to write your own vocal sound story?!
Heads, Shoulders, Knees & Feet!! (en français)
I do hope you & your families enjoy singing & exercising along to “La tête, les épaules, les genoux et les pieds”
♫ "In Our School – a happy place to be!" ♬
Yet another rhythmic challenge! "Rhythm Piece No.1"
Like Naturally 7 and BYU Noteworthy’s “a cappella” (without instruments) singing,
Pentatonix cleverly use just their voices to not only sing, but beatbox & sound like real instruments.
It's worth exploring this amazingly talented band as their music is very uplifting and often quite beautiful.
The Gruffalo’s official website
full of activities to download, games to play, books to order, video clips to watch
& Julia’s wonderful songs to sing…
The Voice Foundation’s Virtual Singing Assembly (#VFVirtualSing)
You can now find over 25 of these lovely 10 minute active vocal workouts (streamed during lockdown) on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO7pnaEsfWg&list=PLhjzi-p3BAmSlwL1CePY0wqV1GIIzZ84h, They feature the type of songs & activities our children enjoy in their (singing outloud) Music lessons
Julia Donaldson songs
'The Gruffalo Song'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCdVP9Qq6HM (with Makaton signing AND a special guest STAR!!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSc4TQshebk (featuring clips from the beautiful Gruffalo animated film)
'A Squash & a Squeeze'
Une autre chanson française active! Jean Petit Qui Danse
THE TWILIGHT TWINS’ “Leave you to it”
With it, they became one of the Top 10 Nationwide finalists of The Song Academy’s Young Songwriter Competition 2014 & performed live on stage at London’s Westfield shopping Centre!
With the summer ahead of you, maybe their song will inspire you to write your own?!
Maybe you’ll include some beatboxing & an original rap poem?
Will you play your own instruments or use your voices like Naturally 7 & BYU Noteworthy?
Might you be able to record your finished song ready for us to listen to?
A special Summer song treat from WIGGLY WOO!!
"AMAZING GRACE, MY CHAINS ARE GONE"
-it literally AMAZES me what a profound emotional response our children have to this wonderful modern version – from passionately singing the choruses to literally being so calm at the end that you could hear a pin drop!!
This link will take you to a YouTube film with lyrics AND guitar chords :- )
So PLEASE, all our Rocksteady Rock Stars & other fantastic musicians, do play along too!
(P.S. I also found this BEAUTIFUL a capella version to continue to inspire
your beatboxing & vocal instrumental sounds as well!)
DR. KNICKERBOCKER – NUMBER 9!
Can you join in with the rhythm of your hands etc?!
It’s a fabulous workout for you & your family!!
KYE KYE KULE
If you download the sheet music, maybe you can sing AND play this Ghanaian action song on all your instruments too?
Naturally 7’s BEAUTIFUL version of Coldplay’s Fix You
I hope you enjoy this song & that it inspires you to mimic musical instruments with your voice.
It is quite incredible to believe when listening that ALL the sounds in the recording
are created by the human voice – especially the electric guitars & drums!
Take a look at me – a penguin you will see!!
PENGUINS ATTENTION!! PENGUINS BEGIN!!
Our final (&most difficult yet!!) African Body drumming - The Respectful Step
Once again, as you body drum, do remember to chant these instructions
to remind you of its actions & rhythm pattern.
"Right "(step) “and Clap”
"1, 2, 3" (tapping knees) “Left” (foot) “Clap” “Ankle” (left hand touches Right ankle)
"Right "(step) "Right "(step) “Clap
"1, 2, 3" (tapping knees) “Left” (foot) "Back" (clap behind) “Ooooh!”
...I really hope you’re busy composing your own Body Drumming Steps? Have you noticed what wonderful Human qualities Tribal Groove’s Steps celebrate? (Patience, Truthfulness & Respect) I wonder what name you’ll give yours? …I’m so looking forward to YOU teaching ME!!
Joy of the Holy Spirit – MORE singing & signing!!
Bind us together, Lord
…Being safe at home gives you LOADS more extra time to practise ALL your instruments EVERY DAY.
I hope you’ve enjoyed remembering ‘Hot Cross Buns’ & ‘As I kneel before you’ from our recorder lessons?
(Sheet music downloadable from our French/Music page)
Practising a tune a day on any instrument will improve your playing amazingly!
PLUS you’ll notice on this music that there are guitar/ukulele etc chords AND a page of harmonies, so please work on it hard with ALL your instruments and any other family members who can play or sing along!!
THE TELEPHONE GAME - A wonderful game for you and your family!
Hail Mary - singing and SIGNING!!
Please enjoy one of our favourite hymn-prayers with your families. If you copy & paste the following link, it will open Mike Stanley’s beautiful “Hail Mary” song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PglEF7mTf2E
You all know the words, so can you now learn the SIGN LANGUAGE to go with them?!
Ave Maria, gratia plena... As I kneel before you
Another African Body drumming Challenge - The Truthfulness Step
"Right "(step) “Clap” "Left" (step) "Left" (step) “Clap” “Duh Duh” (thigh taps) x3
"Right "(step) “Clap” "fold" “Up” (arms)
“Down" (arms again) “Slap” (thighs)
"Left" (step) "Back" (clap behind)
...Maybe you’ll be inspired to compose your own Body Drumming Step? I’d love to learn some new ones!!
Down in the Jungle
Fun French & Music for Everyone! Gouzi-Gouzi (the French Hokey Cokey)
Fun French & Music for Everyone! Jump Jim Joe!
African Body drumming - The Patience Step
"Right "(step) "1234" (thigh taps) "Left" (step) "and clap" (hands)
"Right "(step) " thighs" (tap both) "clap" (hands) "fold" (arms) "up and down" (arms again)