by the Music team
Year 7 Music
Year 7 music students have recently completed their songwriting project. Students wrote original lyrics following an end word rhyme scheme.
They then selected a backing track and worked out a tune or a spoken rap that fitted the backing track.
Lastly, they recorded their song using GarageBand, created album art and uploaded their work to their Digital Portfolios.
We encourage parents to ask their children to show you their work. It was delightful to read some well crafted lyrics and hear students create their own song. Well done Year 7!
Year 9 Music
The Year 9 music students were very glad to be back in the classroom and they were at last able to use the Ableton Push devices. Ableton Live is the software and Ableton Push is the Hardware. We are one of the very few schools in the Diocese using Ableton Live and Push.
The Year 9 music class have been using Ableton Live and Push for the film soundtrack project. Here is Eli working on his composition.
The 4 Phils are helping to teach us about orchestrating and arranging for string quartet.
Next term, they will be starting to use their composition and arranging skills to compose and produce the school song.
String Ensemble are also very glad to be back in rehearsals on Friday afternoon. They are working at increasing our skills, hopefully leading their experienced players into the new level 2 String Things Books and iBooks which Mr Rooke hopes to publish by start of Term 3. Our strings program is based on the String Things program, also known as the Flipped Strings Method.
This term, we have been learning a new piece – Rigadoon by Henry Purcell. Here is the conductors score of the finished piece. This is how we hope to sound for the concert in Term 4.
The Kenyan Connection
Last term, the Year 9 music class recorded a backing track to support our sister school, The Brightshiners Junior School in Nairobi, Kenya. The children there learned to sing “This Little Light of Mine” and the backing track was recorded by our own Year 9 elective music class.
In Term 3, we will be working together to produce a collaborative video with St Luke’s Catholic College, Chisholm Catholic Primary School and Brightshiners Junior School in Nairobi of “Wimoweh” of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. This will involve our Year 9 class again, but also the string ensemble, vocal ensemble and hopefully our lovely creative children in Kindergarten and Year 1.
It is a great opportunity for us to support these students in Africa by making music together. As our own Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen says: “Let’s then especially never forget we must be on the ‘look out’ for the marginalised and those on the edges so that our young people are taught to value what really matters”
What better way to action Bishop Vincent’s words than to learn together and make music together.
There is much to look forward to in music making and creation at Santa Sophia Catholic College and it is best when we make music together.