Hi! I’m Morgan and I’m Bradley and we are the Music Captains for 2017!
We both play instruments in the band( Clarinet and Violin ) and also lead both Junior and Senior Choir.
The level 5 and 6 production ‘Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies’ is going fabulously well. On Tuesdays we’ve been doing dialogue rehearsals with Mrs Geilings and on Wednesday we have been doing choreography with Cath.
Welcome back everyone! We have a very exciting term ahead…
Next Friday 14 October, we are delighted to have Opera Australia perform their new opera ‘El Kid’ for all our students. We have learned about the characters in the opera and enjoyed listening to some of the songs in the show. In the Music room, the Level 1 and 2 students have responded to the song ‘Stupid Little Kid'(a song sung by Ferdinand and Isabella to tease their younger brother Diego) by drawing their own response to the song.
On Thursday 3 Nov at 12.30pm, we will be participating in our annual Music Count Us In event. We will stream into the website where we will perform in live time with other musicians all around Australia – it should be a very exciting event. Rangeview students have been utilising the comment section of this Music blog to share their ideas about this song and it’s compositional elements. Keep up the great work and don’t forget you can always visit the website if you want to sing along to the song or collect some free resources!
On Thursday 10 Nov (Time to be confirmed), I am delighted to host the Vermont Secondary College Intermediate Band. Their band will perform a few songs for us followed by a short performance by our Rangeview Band. All parents and students welcome to attend this event – this is a great event to attend as there are quite a number of former Rangeview band students now in this band. Keep an eye out for additional details in the newsletter/blog.
Wednesday 7 Dec is our Rangeview Carols Night! As always, it will be a jam packed event filled with singing and dancing from all our classes, performances from all our music ensembles, extra activities, food and drinks and maybe even a special guest! The event will begin at 6.30pm on the school oval (weather permitting). Please keep an eye out for volunteer forms in the newsletter in the next few weeks – there are plenty of jobs for parents/family members to be a part of: handing out programs, setting up and/or packing up stage, being a part of the community choir, sausage sizzle, patrolling duties etc.
For those instrumental students preparing for exams and instrumental concerts, best of luck! Instrumental teachers will confirm these dates soon. Happy Term 4!
Last Wednesday 24 August, the Rangeview Band teamed up with the Aquinas Junior Band to workshop and perform a short concert in the hall for the Rangeview students. We enjoyed getting to meet the Aquinas students and have them mentor us. A special thank you to Aquinas Instrumental Coordinator, Ms Trewartha and staff for this valuable opportunity!
Last Thursday, we had our Rangeview whole school mini Olympics. Each class chose a country to dress up and represent. We enjoyed our day which began with our Opening Ceremony – each class paraded in their country colours to their National Anthems. We had a performance by the school band. 4L(NZ) performed the Hakka and 4O(Greece) performed the Zorba Dance. The band also performed two songs ‘Tequila'(Latin) and ‘Red Earth Dances'(African).
After recess, we enjoyed our multi-aged group rotations where we took part in different activities such as fencing with newspaper, table tennis, hammer throwing, equestrian(with people!) and relay races. It was great to see everyone working as a team and getting involved in the activities.
The closing ceremony began with a song by the Junior Choir called ‘Sports Carnival Song’ followed by a combined Junior Choir and Senior Choir song ‘I Still Call Australia Home’. Senior Choir then performed ‘Eye of the Tiger’. To finish the ceremony, we then had the rock band perform ‘Smells like ‘TWEEN’ Spirit’. Well done to all the students that performed and assisted in the running of this fantastic day.
Level 5 and 6 students – Please share some of your comments and feedback on the day. What did you enjoy about the day? What was memorable for you? Did you perform?
The combined band workshop is a fantastic tradition we take part in every year. Mrs Melitsis and Mr Fraser work together with staff from Rangeview and Vermont Primary School to rehearse and perform to students, families and teachers. This year, we rehearsed at Vermont Primary School on Wednesday 3 August.
Here are some photos of our day – we enjoyed playing games, rehearsing together, playing in a sectional and of course – performing to our family, friends and the students of Vermont Primary School in the afternoon! A special thanks to Mr Fraser, Mr Straughan, Mrs Van der Tooren and the staff at Vermont Primary School who helped rehearse and perform with us. You made us feel very welcome and we can’t wait to return the favour next year!
Earlier in the year, Level 3 and 4 students took part in the Captain AB song writing challenge. We did lots of research and discussed how we could compose a song using Garageband – everything from writing lyrics to layering tracks. Although we are not experts in composition yet, we had lots of fun working in groups and writing a meaningful and original song to tackle anti-bullying. I have to say I am super proud of all Level 3 and 4 students to giving this activity a go!
Here are some groups I wanted to acknowledge for their hard work. These students showed collaboration, creative thinking and critical thinking in order to achieve their final result.
above Grace’s group (4B)
above Keanah’s group (3S)
above Lily’s group (3S)
above Christian’s group (4O)
above Joanne’s group (3/4A)
A huge congratulations to these groups! I hope all student’s gained some insight into composing a song – you can give it a go at home!
Level 5 and 6 students have been learning about Drama this term. We have worked collaboratively in drama groups to create an original/pre-written script that will be performed at the end of the term.
We have created anchor charts and discussed what we think is important in a drama performance. Some of the points include: tone, movement, incorporating appropriate characteristics in our performance and keeping the audience engaged.
Students have a great deal of voice and choice in this unit – they can choose their characters, plot and how they present their final performance to the class. Students can incorporate their strengths into the performance and are encouraged to support all members of their group.
We reflect on our progress at the end of each lesson and give each other feedback on how we can continue to improve our performances each week.
For Level 5 and 6 students – here is the assessment rubric for this unit to refer to each week: Level 5 and 6 Drama Unit. Students/groups are also encouraged to send regular feedback, questions and comments through Showbie to document new ideas.
I have been really impressed with the original ideas from groups and their ability to refine their ideas through listening to constructive feedback. Looking forward to seeing the final performances!
We love celebrating Music Count Us In at Rangeview! In previous years, the Junior Choir, Senior Choir and Band have performed on Celebration Day as the whole of Rangeview sing the song. This year, Celebration Day will take place on Thursday 3 November at 12.30pm in the school hall. We will gather together and perform the song together along with thousands of students(primary and secondary aged) from around Australia. We get the live feed going and can see other students from Australia perform it at the same time as us!
This year, the Music Count Us In song is called ‘Let It Play’. Here is the link to the song:
For students and families that are interested about what Music Count Us In is about: This is a free initiative for all schools to take part in. It brings all schools, students, staff and wider community together to celebrate music and music education in Australia. As music is a universal language that everyone can be a part of, it’s great to see and hear other schools getting involved in such an inclusive annual event.
Have a listen to the song and write a comment at the bottom of the blog. I’d love to hear how you feel about the song – Do you like the lyrics? What instruments can you hear? What do you think the song is about? Happy listening Rangeview students! I look forward to seeing your comments.
I’ve had the pleasure of attending the fantastic end of semester Instrumental concerts. It’s been great seeing how much progress the students have made.
A special mention to the instrumental teachers Simon and Kaela(Creative Music), Cathy(piano teacher) and Trent(violin) for hosting these concerts and getting their students ready for these special events.
Students at Rangeview are always encouraged to perform in Music classes as well. A great time to perform to the class is in the last week/first week of term during our ‘Concert Week’. It’s a great opportunity to gain performance experience in front of peers.
We have been doing lots of musical activities that link in with our whole-school ‘Just One Day’ unit.
Level 1 and 2 have been learning songs from Ghana and Morocco. A song that we particularly liked is called ‘Funga Alafia’. This song has many components to it such as singing, actions and performing on a variety of percussion instruments. We learned about singing call and response where one group will sing the first part and the second group will respond with a musical answer.
This lead us onto discussed how some countries are not as fortunate as us to be able to learn from new instruments or take part in individual music lesson. We watched a video clip about Paraguay’s Landfill Orchestra. It shows the life of the people in a small town near Paraguay, where they have used recycled instruments out of ‘trash’. We discussed that even though our instruments may look different, the children in the video clip looked like they were having the same amount of enjoyment when playing music.
The band and choirs have been enjoying selecting songs from different countries. During our Just One Day official day, we will be using no electricity and living simply in order to appreciate simple amenities. Both the band and the choir will perform songs in a traditional way, Senior Choir will use simple piano accompaniment and percussion instruments. Junior Choir will use bass xylophone, flute and piano. Band will not be using any electric guitars of keyboards, instead using acoustic guitars and a variety of auxiliary percussion instruments.
Please come along and support the Senior Choir perform our Just One Day songs on Friday at our JOD Closing Ceremony. The Junior Choir will perform the following week on Monday 23 May. The Band will perform later in the term.
We have lots of other events going in Term 2 including our NEVR concert at Hamer Hall titled ‘Music of the Masters’. Senior Choir(L5/6 students only) and members of the Rookie Band, Concert Band and String Orchestra will perform for us in this very special event. We will be performing with different primary and secondary schools around the North Eastern Melbourne area.