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  1. Music Count Us In 2016

    July 30, 2016 by kmelitsis

    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:

    2016 Program 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.

    Mrs Melitsis


  2. Encouraging our young musicians at Rangeview

    March 7, 2016 by artrangeview

    I mentioned in the Rangeview’s newsletter ‘The View’ this week about facilitating and encouraging young musicians in their instrumental development.

    I found this particular article interesting as it addresses ways families can encourage their children in their musical development even without having a lot of musical understanding. Instrumental lessons are a great way for students to develop their musical, social and academic abilities.

    The article talks about encouraging students on choosing an instrument that suits them, finding a practice time that works around their daily routine, writing down their musical goals, setting up mini performances at home and a reward system for consistently good practice.

    http://www.nafme.org/wp-content/files/2015/08/Learning-to-Play-Tips-for-Parents-of-Elementary-Musicians.pdf

    I encourage all families to read this article and simplify it to their children. Happy music making!

    Mrs K Melitsis

    12 March update – Since the blog post, I watched a very powerful documentary on ABC’s program Catalyst titled ‘Music on the Brain’. The documentary discusses how music can be a powerful healing tool, improve memory and how music is unique to humans from a very young age. This documentary is a great watch for parents or upper high school students.

    http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/catalyst/SC1502H006S00

    Secondly, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a Professional Development session yesterday that discussed the Victorian Curriculum specific to Music(more on this topic at a later date). We were shown a video by Bobby McFerrin(yes, THE Bobby McFerrin) presenting at World Science Festival. He used audience participation to sing a pentatonic scale – arguable the most common scale in Western culture. McFerrin mentions the pentatonic example he demonstrates, the result is exactly the same. We are trained to feel and understand the pentatonic scale…some of us without knowing that we know it! A fascinating link between music and science that is explained in a very simple and engaging way. The video clip is appropriate for all ages.

    http://www.worldsciencefestival.com/2010/10/the_power_of_the_pentatonic_scale/


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