Music Making makes us feel good and helps us connect with others.
At St Michael's, music is an important part of our lives. We enjoy singing, exploring, creating and performing together.
As many of us will be learning at home for a little while, I am putting together a variety of ideas and resources for each year group to dip into. These are purely optional and there is no pressure to do any of them. The most important thing is you enjoy them. You may learn some new skills along the way.
If you would like to send me photos or videos of your performances, please ask your parents to message them to me via dojo.
They will need request to join the Music and Performance Showcase Group via messaging me on whole-school dojo.
Please send your photo or video to your portfolio. You can then build up a collection of your music and I can and will respond to anything you send.
If you would like me to share them on our website, please let me know.
I'd really enjoy seeing you and anything you do.
Past pupils and parents are also welcome to be part of this.
Check out the Music and Performance Showcase page. Thank you to those who have already sent in a clip or photo.
They have certainly made me smile! What a wonderful school community we have. Keep them coming!!
(If you don't want me to post them on the website, just let me know and I'll just get back to you to say thanks for sharing with me.)
Music and Performance Ideas
- Instrumentalists, you could practise your instruments and send in photos/videos of you performing your favourite pieces.
- Y5 children who have fifes at home, you could practise the pieces that you learned in class. I have put the music on your Charanga/Wumu page.
- Y3 children who have recorders at home, you too could practise the pieces that you learned in class. I have put the music on your Charanga/Wumu page.
- There are many instrumental self-teach courses on Charanga/Wumu that you can all access.
- Listen to music whilst you are doing other activities. I listen to music nearly all the time. What I listen to depends on what I am doing. When I am working or doing art, I like to listen to calm and relaxing music. This could be classical, film or jazz. I particularly like to listen to chill-out piano and guitar music when working. I really like 'River Flows in You'. You probably know this if you have been in my Literacy and Maths lessons. When I am exercising, I like to listen to more up-beat music. Listening to different music can really impact on your mood and how you feel. Try it.
- Respond to music through art. How does the music make you feel? What images do you see? What colours? In the music room there are some lovely artist responses to Holst's planet suite.
- Respond to music through dance. I know that many of you really enjoy dancing and are very good. Some of you teach yourselves through the internet, some have lessons like Irish, Ballet, Jazz and Street Dance. Get dancing. It makes us feel good. I would love to post some of your dancing talent on our Music and Performance Showcase page on the website.
- Explore the Garageband APP on your iPad. This is a brilliant APP for composing your own music.
- The ISingPOP team have been kind enough to allow us to put the singalong versions of the songs on our school website for you to enjoy at home. You will find them under Music. You could sing along together with brothers and sisters. Can you remember all the actions? You could teach your whole family. You could record yourself and send to other members of your family. Grandparents would love it.
- Music with Myleene Klass on YouTube. Twice a week. Next one is on Friday 27th March at 10am but can be viewed anytime.
- Dance with Oti Mabuse on Facebook. Every day at 11.30am but you can view it at any time.
- Sing songs. There are many on Charanga for each year group but you may have other favourites you would rather sing.
- Seussical Jr. Keep singing. These songs are brilliant and you sing them so well. I know many of you have been accessing them online and singing at home. I will attach the lyrics soon. Please remember our show is Seussical Jr. I would love you to send me some clips of you singing these songs.
- Those who have speaking parts in Seussical, you could practise these and send me a performance. If there are other characters in your scene, another family member may want to perform with you.
- As part of our Seussical Day, all of you learned and performed sections from different Dr Seuss books. These were brilliant and such fun. You could see if you could find the section that you performed in class or find a different one. You could learn it off-by-heart and create a performance. I would love to have some of these on the website. I remember seeing some performances that made me laugh so much, my face-paint was almost ruined (you know who you are).
- Log onto Charanga. I have put together lots of ideas and resources for everyone from Reception to Year 6. Look at the information below to find out more. Logins for each year group are on the closed dojo messaging group for the whole school.