Ostinato in Year 4

April 27, 2015 at 7:38 am

Last week in 4GK, the children were listening to, copying and creating their own ostinati. The children especially enjoyed listening and clapping along to the rhythmic ostinato that occurs throughout Queen’s track We Will Rock You. Then the class learnt the melodic ostinato that is heard in the song before putting the two parts together to create a class orchestra and choir simultaneously!

Then the children thought of ostinati that occur in other popular songs, identifying those that are heard in Pharrell’s Happy and Sam Smith’s La La La, before creating their own rhythmic ostinati which the whole class joined in with.

The real question is, though, what is an ostinato? Can you think of any more songs which could be added to our ostinato playlist?

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Bhangra Introduced!

April 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm


In Key Stage Two singing assembly today, the children were introduced to the new genre-of-the-half-term, Bhangra. The children responded extremely positively to the tracks they heard (Jai Ho, from Slumdog Millionaire, and Apna Sangeet), commenting on the upbeat tempo (many children were dancing as they came in, and even some staff!) and the use of percussion instruments. Over this half term, the children will get the chance to see the different instruments used within this genre so look out for forthcoming blog posts!

Many of the children recognised the style of music from outside of school and some provided Mr Sharp with other songs to listen to (I look forward to listening to these and sharing them with you all in due course!).


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