MUSIC AT HOME - WEEK 2 - MUSIC GENRE 'TROPICAL'
Good morning everyone!
I decided that this week we need to put a little extra energy into our music session. Being at home all the time and only allowed out for a daily walk can make us all feel a bit low on energy and sparkle! So, for this reason I am putting up a new song for you which I hope you'll enjoy singing along to. Please learn the lyrics from memory - perhaps your whole family will join in with you. The song is called 'Better When I'm Dancin' by Meghan Trainor which was used in the soundtrack to the 'Peanuts' Movie in 2015. It is classed in the 'TROPICAL' music genre, which is music from the Caribbean and the Spanish speaking surrounding islands. TROPICAL music encompasses Latin salsa music and as you can hear it is a happy song, creating a holiday atmosphere. I'm also putting up a choreographed dance video to the song which I would like you to try learning over the next week or two. You can then sing and dance along to the music (see below the links if you'd prefer to drum along to the music instead). It's not very difficult to learn and working on a dance routine will not only be fun, it will give you more energy, keep you healthy and improve your memory skills. When we return to school it would be great fun if we could all have a happy reunion assembly, dancing to a few new songs like this one.
Here is the link to the song followed by the link to the dance video.
Now I'm sure there may be a few of you who don't want to dance. That's ok, but instead I want you to beat out a drum rhythm to the music as it plays. Place yourself beside a table, a chair, a box or anything inventive to make this more fun and then beat out the 'Kakilambe' rhythm which we have already learnt in class. To remind you of the rhythm here are the beats:
Bass tone tone tone, Bass tone tone tone. (First we bounce and then we're steady). Remember that the dotted quaver (the first note) is longer than the other notes. The next note, the semiquaver is a short quick note and then the following quavers are all steady beats. Make the first and fifth notes (the Bass beats) a little stronger than the other notes when you're drumming to add to the rhythm. The Bass beat is when you use the whole flat of your hand on the drum skin, the Tone beat is when you use your fingers on the edge of the drum. You will need to play the rhythm quite fast so listen carefully to the music and keep in time with it as you drum. Also try experimenting by making up your own rhythm to fit in with the song.
I'll be back with a new song next week. Have fun!
MUSIC AT HOME - WEEK 1 - REGGAE
During these extremely unusual and difficult times music can be a relaxing and enjoyable way of passing the time. Whilst you are doing some school work or relaxing at home, try to keep some of your favourite music playing gently in the background. To give you some ideas of what music to listen to, I thought that it would be fun if our 'music sessions at home' could provide you with a link to one song a week (see below) which I would like you to sing along to whilst trying to learn the words from memory. I will aim to make every week's song very different from the previous one so that many different musical genres (styles) will be covered over the next few weeks. This is something the whole family can join in with too! It's a great way to brighten your spirits whilst keeping your brain working as you learn the melodies and lyrics from memory.
The song for this week is 'Three Little Birds' originally written and performed by Bob Marley and his band, 'The Wailers'. Try singing along to it - the words are easy to learn.
The genre of this song is REGGAE. It has four beats in a bar. Can you count the beats as you listen?
Reggae music typically makes the second and fourth beats in the bar the strongest (loudest) beats. Can you hear that?
Reggae originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. Try and listen out for the different instruments used in the song, instruments that are typically used in REGGAE music: the bass, guitar, keyboard, drums, tambourine and of course the lead vocals and backing voices.
Here is the link to the song:
Have fun! I'll supply a new song for you next week.
re:- Royal Albert Hall Hertfordshire Schools Gala 2020
I am so sorry to inform you that this year Bernards Heath Junior School has not been offered a place at the Hertfordshire Schools Gala Performance to be held at the Royal Albert Hall in March. Apparently those schools who were unsuccessful in securing a place last time (2018) have been given priority this time which has unfortunately meant that we have not been granted a place on this occasion. I know that many of the children in the school choir will be very disappointed about this, but despite having applied for a place early on, we have not been successful this time. This should mean, however, that we will be given priority in 2022. This is the first time in over ten years that we have missed out on a place, but it is understandable given the number of schools in Hertfordshire that apply to take part. I hope that your son/daughter will take the opportunity of joining other school choir members in the Alban Arena Festival this year, which is taking place on Monday 30th March. I have written a letter with full details about the Alban Arena performance, which will be handed out to the children in choir tomorrow.
re: Christmas Carol Concert - St. Saviour's Church, Sandpit Lane, St. Albans on Wednesday 11th December at 1.45pm and 7pm
All the children in years 3 and 4 are currently working hard preparing for our annual school Christmas carol concert which is to be held next Wednesday at 1.45pm and 7pm. There will be a variety of songs and readings as well as music performed by the ukulele group and the school recorder group. We do hope that you will be able to join us for this wonderful celebration of Christmas. If you would like tickets for either of these performances then please put in your requests soon as both these concerts (particularly the evening performance) are very popular. There is one afternoon and one evening ticket available per family.
I am detailing below all the information about the concerts, but if you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact me, Denise Erlandsen (music teacher), at school. We will be rehearsing at the church during the morning of the concerts, but children should arrive at school as normal and they will then walk to the church with their class teachers immediately after morning registration. They will all then return to school for lunch before returning to the church once again for the afternoon performance. Children may be collected by parents attending the afternoon performance from the church after the performance but their teacher or myself should be informed that they are being taken home directly from there. All other children will walk back to school with their teachers and should be collected at the usual time. However, please be aware that it is possible the children may arrive back at school a few minutes later than usual as they will all be walking back together.
Children and families should arrive together at 6.45pm for the evening performance and parents only from 1.30pm for the afternoon performance as the children will have walked to the church directly from school. Please do not arrive earlier than these times as the doors will be closed until then. Entry is by ticket at the door.
Please walk to the church if possible, or park in the surrounding streets. It would be appreciated if the car park could be kept free for staff, who will be arriving earlier and staying later than the children.
Bernards Heath children to leave coats with parents and go straight to their places.
All children in years 3 and 4 will be performing. There will be readings, a variety of Christmas songs which will include solo performances and traditional Christmas carols.
All children to be looking as smart as possible, in correct school uniform, with school sweatshirts please.
Please remember that we are guests of St Saviours and would ask that you please supervise your child at all times before and after the concert. Children must not run around the church after the concert.
Black school shoes (or black trainers if no school shoes)
We ask you not to bring pre-school children, babies or toddlers. The children will be reading and performing individually at times and it would be difficult to hear them over the noise.
We know that the evening is always more popular than the afternoon. In an attempt to be fair to more parents, we are able to allocate one afternoon and one evening ticket per family, maximum 2 tickets. Space is limited and numbers are calculated on strict fire evacuation regulations. Please complete the attached slip as soon as possible.
We will be having a retiring collection at the end of the concert; the proceeds will be donated to Rennie Grove House Hospice.
We expect all Yr 3 and 4 children to participate in the concerts unless there is a valid reason not to (eg; religious reasons or exceptional circumstances). The children will be performing at both the afternoon and the evening concerts and are expected to attend both, even if their parents can only attend the afternoon. Please write to me or phone school if your child is unable to attend.
We look forward to seeing you at the concert next week which should be a wonderful occasion.
With best wishes,
St Albans Music School will be running ‘Show Choir Day’ for pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6. No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and energy. Places will be given on a ‘first come first served’ basis.
The event will be held in the Main Hall of Townsend CofE School, High Oaks, St Albans AL3 6DR on Friday 25th October 2019 from 9.30am to 3.00pm. There will be a performance at 2.45pm to which parents and friends are warmly invited.
These are the times of the various music clubs. Please note that orchestra rehearsals have changed from Friday lunchtimes to Tuesday lunchtimes at the request of orchestra members.
ORCHESTRA - Tuesday lunchtimes 12.45-13.20 (approx. Grade 1 and above) (please eat lunch first)
CHOIR - Tuesdays after school from 15.30-16.15 All children at Bernards Heath Junior School are welcome. (children to be collected from the playground. If a parent is late the child concerned will remain in the music room with Mrs. Erlandsen)
BRASS BAND - Wednesdays break time 10.40-11.00. (approx. Grade 1 and above)
Thank you to all the children who performed in the Year 6 Summer Concert yesterday. You were ALL amazing and I was so proud of you. You behaved perfectly and every performance was enjoyable and really well presented. You have all shown yourselves to be very confident, talented performers and you made it a wonderful evening for us all. I hope you were able to enjoy it also and will look back on your time at Bernards Heath Junior School with some very happy memories.
I wish you all the best in your new schools.
This is to confirm that there will be no further choir rehearsals this term due to the summer concert which is to take place this week. However, I hope your child will join me again for choir in the autumn term. Children in all year groups who are not currently members of the choir are very welcome to join us. Choir practice is held every Tuesday after school from 3.30pm until 4.15pm, where the focus is on learning a variety of songs and having fun.
I wish you all a very enjoyable summer holiday.
SUMMER CONCERT – Wednesday 17th July 2019 at 7pm – 'Music from around the world'
As the end of the school year approaches, all the children in year 6 are now ready for their summer concert. As you know from the letters that were sent out recently, the concert is to be held this Wednesday, 17th July commencing at 7pm. Children must arrive at school no later than 6.40pm for the performance and it is expected that all children will attend the concert unless there are extenuating and unavoidable circumstances. If your child is unable to attend the performance please could you let me know as soon as possible in order that the necessary amendments can be made to the programme. We have had an overwhelming response from children wanting to perform in this year's concert and we hope that the evening will be a wonderful experience for them (and for you)!
The theme this year, 'Music from around the world' provides the opportunity for a variety of different acts and all the children who need to wear clothes to suit their particular performance have either been allocated suitable clothing or have brought in suitable clothes from home already. All other children should wear a brightly coloured T shirt with trousers or leggings and soft soled shoes for both the morning performance to the school, as well as to the evening performance.
We will issue up to two tickets per family for the concert, and we ask for a donation of £2.00 per ticket. If you haven't already done so, please get your tickets soon as the children would love to perform to a full house. I do hope you are able to join us as we celebrate the musical skills of children in year 6 in their final concert at Bernards Heath Junior School. I would like to stress that this concert is not suitable for babies, toddlers or pre-school children as it is not fair to ask them to sit still for such a length of time and equally it is not fair on the junior children to have their performances disrupted. I hope that you appreciate why we make this decision.
We hope you will join us for what we are sure will be a very enjoyable evening.
St. Albans Cathedral Choir recruiting for boy choristers
St. Albans Cathedral Choir is currently looking to recruit new boy choristers from school who are in years 3, 4 and 5. They are looking for enthusiastic singers with a clear voice and with potential to develop that voice further. Membership of the choir does require quite a commitment, especially at weekends and at Christmas and Easter. They also have a companion girls choir for girls of a similar age range. The reward for children is the enjoyment and self-esteem that singing to an acknowledged high level brings, being part of a small team of like-minded children and a free musical education to a professional standard. The choristers form strong friendships, bond as a team and also have fun social events including singing on an international tour once every two years as well as on national TV and radio from time to time.
More information about this can be found at https://wwwstalbanscathedral.org/music/cathedralchoir/.
Any interested parents wishing to obtain more information should email the Cathedral music department secretary, Lizzie Smyth, at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01727 890245 (Mon-Fri, 9-5). Application is by vocal audition.
Year 6 Leavers Concert - Wednesday 18th July 2018 - 'BHJS Circus Wonderland'
This message is for ALL children in year 6. I just wanted to write to say that you were all absolutely amazing in this year's summer concert. I am so, so proud of each and every one of you. You performed brilliantly, you were well behaved and made both the morning and evening performances fun and enjoyable to watch. You were also professional in the way you coped with small hitches and were a pleasure to direct yesterday. I know it was hard work, that we had few rehearsals, and had to fit so much into the short time we had, but you all shone like the most beautiful stars and I am immensely proud of each and every one of you. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to watch this performance grow as we prepared over the last two months. Thank you all. I will miss you. By the way, watch this space as lots of photos are on the way!
School Fair - Sunday 20th May 2018
Members of the school choir will be singing at the School Fair, outside the music room, weather permitting, on Sunday at 12.15 for approximately 15 minutes. Please do come and listen to them perform - and if your child is a member of the choir, please encourage them to take part in what will be a very informal and enjoyable event.
We look forward to seeing you there.
This is to let you all know that there will be NO CHOIR next Tuesday 27th March. The children have all worked so hard this term and everyone performed brilliantly in both the Royal Albert Hall Gala and Alban Arena Music Festival. Choir will return as usual after school on Tuesdays next term. May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Easter.