S4: NATIONAL 4/5 2014 Record of Work

National 4/5 2014 : Record of Work

S4 – August 2014

There will be 2 music teachers working with this class this session – Mr Birse and Miss Belfakih. You will be doing a variety of activities in Performing, Composing, Technology and Understanding Music. Everyone in the class is aiming to do National 4 or National 5 at either Music or Music Technology.

Work hard; Play well. Get the Well done!

Work hard; Play well.
Get the Well done!

These pages are a record of what you have covered in class. Please follow this page to keep up-to-date with your work.

19 August
Tuesday P2 – explained what we will be doing in Music and Music Technology. Class showed Miss Belfakih what they had been doing during June 2013.
Friday P3 – Performing and Technology together – Performers started composing a theme and then varying it by adding notes and/or starting the theme on another note. Both Miss Belfakih and Mr Birse spoke to individuals about what they were to do in their course.

26 August

Tuesday P1
Performing: continued composing with Miss Belfakih
Technology: discussed the different types of Technology work – Sound foley; Recording small group; Multi-track recording; Sound design for Computer Game; Radio Broadcast. Technology Pupil Information Paper copy given to class (National 5 Music Technology Assignment Pupil Information).
Tuesday P2
Performing: started working on own compositions – some pupils on MacBooks, others on instruments.
Technology: to IT Art to research Technology tasks with Miss Belfakih.

Friday P3
Performing: continued own compositions with Mr Birse
Technology – continued reserach with Miss Belfakih

2 September
P1 – Performing: own compositions. Gave notice that on Tuesday 17 September, performers to play live, either performance or composition.
P2 – Performing: music concepts – Walking bass, Alberti Bass, Ground Bass
P1 & P2 – Technology with Miss Belfakih – technology presentations preparation.
Friday P3
Performing: own work with Mr Birse
Technology: with Miss Belfakih technology presentations preparation.

9 September
Tuesday P1 and Tuesday P2: Technology pupils showed their PowerPoint Presentations on technology concepts to the whole class. Everyone did very well and demonstrated a good understanding of the actual concepts. The PowerPoints will be collated so that we all have access to them for revision and further study.

Well done everyone! Keep up the Work Rate.
Friday P3 Started class all together. Went over the timetable – when you are doing what and where.
Technology: Read over the booklet “Information for Pupils” which explains the five various types of Technology folios.

16 September
Tuesday P1: All together – Music pupils performed either a performing piece or their composition. Well done to everyone who did this today – you are making great strides both musically and with your unit passes. Keep up the good work!
Tuesday P2
Technology: Mr Birse – pupils decided on which of the Technology options they wish to do. Some started to plan out what they are to do.
Performing: Miss Belfakih
Friday P3
Technology: Mr Birse not in school: pupils continued with their own work.
Performing: Miss Belfakih

23 September
Tuesday P1
Technology: Miss Belfakih
Performing: Mr Birse
Tuesday P2
Technology: Mr Birse
Performing: Miss Belfakih
Friday P3
Technology: Mr Birse
Performing: Miss Belfakih

Tuesday P1
Technology: Miss Belfakih
Performing: Mr Birse
Tuesday P2
Technology: Mr Birse
Performing: Miss Belfakih
Friday P3
Technology: Mr Birse
Performing: Miss Belfakih

June 2012 to June 2013

Tuesday 19 June 2012

1909 – Two different types of music from this year. We listened to the Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin and performed Teasing Song by Bartok.

Class Work
Maple Leaf Rag – Scott Joplin and Teasing Song – Bartok (listening and printed music Bartok Teasing Song from For Children)
Rhythm Work
Improvisation – 12 Bar Blues using ‘black notes’ on keyboard

Tuesday 22 June 2012
The roots of music – three main reasons

  • Spiritual/Religious
  • Entertainment
  • Imitate animals, birds and wildlife

How old is the trumpet? Around 1500 BCE, the Bible speaks of when the city walls of Jericho were destroyed by the sounding of the trumpets.

Tuesday 26 June 2012

The music of the Renaissance – 1500 to 1650.

Listening – “Now is the month of Maying” by Thomas Morley. Audio file. This type of song is called a Madrigal.

The instruments of Renaissance – click here The Viol family and the Recorder family

Short Biography of the life of Thomas Morley – Composer and Musician

The following biography information provides basic facts about the life Thomas Morley:

Nationality – English

Lifespan – 1557 – 1602

Born: Norwich, East Anglia, England

Died: Thomas Morley died in October 1602 in London

Family connections of Thomas Morley – His father was a verger at Norwich Cathedral

Education – Oxford degree in music

Religion – Catholic

Career – Composer and Musician – English madrigalist

Thomas Morley was referred to as a member of the English Madrigal School

Famous for : Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke (published 1597)

Elizabethan Musicians composed music for musical instruments and the voice. The Elizabethan Golden Age saw the emergence of the Anthem, the Madrigal, the Masque, the Theatre and the Opera and the emergence of new English music schools.

Tuesday 28 August 2012

The music of Scotland – Scottish Resource Pack

Sheep Shearing 1933

In this unit of work, each pupil should do the following activities:

  • Perform at least one piece in a group (To the Clipping – audio and  printed music)
  • Perform at least one piece solo
  • Compose using Scotland as a stimulus.
  • Use Technology including making a ‘live’ recording
  • Listen to recorded versions of performing pieces plus Scottish concepts from National 3, National 4 and National 5 course.

Here are the two Youtube clips you watched in class on Tuesday as an introduction to Scottish Music –

Friday 31 August 2012 – listened to Sheep Shearing Song (To the Clipping) by Calum Kennedy. Plotted regions and styles of Scottish music onto the map of Scotland. Homework for Tuesday 4 September – play Skye Boat Song on any instrument (except drumkt!)

Tuesday 4 September  2012- Practiced “To the clipping” Group Performance. One person in each group took responsibility for recording the group on Garageband. After listening to each performance, there was class discussion on how the recordings turned out.

Friday 7 September 2012 – In pairs, you started work on a Scottish Composition. The task is to compose (that is, using your own ideas and imagination) an audio clip that sounds “Scottish”.

Tuesday 11 September 2012 – Mr Birse out of school.
Period 3: Work on “The Clipping” Group performance. Individually record each instrument as a new track.
Period 4: Work on Scottish composition.
Your assessment on both of these pieces of work will be next week, Tuesday 18 September.

Friday 14 September 2012 – No class due to “Party in the Park”

Tuesday 18 September 2012
Period 3: Choose individual Scottish piece to practice and perform. Printed music issued to all in class. Practice this for next week. The printed music was all found on this Music of Scotland Website.

Period 4: Scottish composition – discussed what each group had done in class.

What makes Scottish music “Scottish”? There are various possibilities – is it the sound of the bagpipes? Scottish Country Dances? The traditional Ceilidh Band? The sound of Gaelic lyrics in songs? Of course, all of these plus many more make up the sounds of Scotland.

Map of Scotland

So let us think more imaginatively and creatively. How do modern composers and song-writers conjure up this “Scottish-ness”?On this podsnack.com playlist, there are five different examples of modern Scottish pieces.Listen to each of the five tracksand think about which aspects of the music, instruments and effects make the piece Scottish.
Friday 21 September 2012– All worked on our Scottish compositions. Each group is doing really well and coming up with some great ideas.
Tuesday 25 September 2012– Listening: Using our ears! Today, we spent the time playing 12-Bar Blues. The key was G major (A major for Bb instruments; E major for Eb instruments). The chords used were G, C7 and D7; the melody notes used were  D E G A Bb. The structure of the piece was:Intro
12 Bar Blues Chords – all playing chords
Head : Melody = D E G A Bb Bb A G E D plus the tremolo A/D
Improvisation section – all individually improvised
Head: as above
Friday 28 September 2012 – You were asked to work in pairs at Learn Listening Online. You should have been looking at the Scottish concepts in Access 3, Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2.
Tuesday 2 October 2012– All on Macbooks setting up WordPress.com Blogs (HUGE problem – filtered by RM)
Friday 5 October 2012– All on Macbooks – got RM filtering fixed
Tuesday 8 October 2012– Scottish Performing – choose your best Scottish piece and play in to the class.
Friday 12 October 2012– All on Macbooks – wordpress.problem – editing page does not work – Flash problem?
Tuesday 30 October 2012 – split class: Music Performing and Music Technology. Explained how the new N4 and N5 course worked in terms of Performing and technology. Mrs O”Brien did listening material.
Topic – Instrumental Music
Friday 2 November 2012 – Working in pairs, perform a piece of music. Found songs, backing tracks.
Tuesday 6 November 2012 – split class: Music Performing and Music Technology.
Friday 9 November 2012-Working in pairs, perform a piece of music. Found songs, backing tracks.
Tuesday 13 November 2012 – split class: Music Performing and Music Technology.
Friday 16 November 2012 – Started group performance – pupils choose their own music.
Tuesday 20 November 2012 – Each group rehearsing their performance piece.
Friday 23 November 2012 – Recorded two of the groups performing.
Tuesday 27 November 2012 – Recorded the remaining 2 groups
Friday 30 November 2012 – Evaluated performances as we listened/watched to the recordings.
Tuesday 4 December 2012 – split class P3: Technology – ‘looping’ in pairs. Performing – listening skills with Mrs O’Brien. P4: Technology – continued ‘looping’ task. Performing – started ‘looping’ task.
Friday 7 December 2012 – all continued ‘looping’ task
Tuesday 11 December 2012 – Mr Birse at BP with Mrs O’Brien and Choir. Class continued their ‘looping’ work.
Friday 14 December 2012 – took equipment to Assembly Hall for concert.
Tuesday 18 December 2012 – Christmas Concert rehearsal in Assembly hall
Tuesday 8 January 2013 – split class P3: Technology – compose music to accompany video clip. Performing – listening skills with Mrs O’Brien. P4: Technology – continued video work. Performing – started same video composing task.
Friday 11 January 2013 – Improvising Bossa Nova rhythm and chords I IV and V.
Tuesday 15 January 2013 – split class. P3: Technology group. Worked on the music video. P4: Performing group also worked on music video task.
Friday 18 January 2013 – All worked on music videoTuesday 22 January 2013 – split class P3: Technology group continued with music video. P4: Listening to atmospheric music including Blood Brothers.Friday 25 January 2013 – All worked on music video.lTuesday 29 January 2013 – Split class. P3: Technology group worked on music videos. P4: Music and Culture – Martin Luther King/The Bus Boycott /Chuck Berry/Elivs Presley.

Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-1956)

Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-1956)

Improvising – based on G melodic minor scale in the key of C; added in C minor melodic. Scale passage, then moving in 3rds (G Bb A C Bb D C Eb D F G).

Friday 1 February 2013 – Listened and watched some of the music videos created by members of the class.

Friday 15 February 2013 – Planning for the rest of term.

You need to:

1. Complete your Music Statement for the S3 profile by 1st March 2013
2. UPDATE YOUR OWN BLOG – forward a link to Mr Birse.
3. Choose your topic(s) till the end of the March term.

Choose one topic for each aspect of work. You need to perform one piece, compose or create using technology and do a presentation to show your understanding of music. Download the table and paste it into your blog. Keep it up-to-date.

Topic Performing Composing                 or   Technology Skills Understanding Music
Baroque – 1650 to 1750
Ragtime – Scott Joplin
 Romantic – 1830 to 1900
 Swing – 1930’s and 1940’s

Download either the pdf file Plan of work February 2013 to March 2013 or Word file Plan of work February 2013 to March 2013

Add the details of what you are doing to your Blog.

Tuesday 19 February 2013 – P3 and P4: Got the performing pieces sorted and photocopied. Also advised on how to do the Presentation – PowerPoint or Movie? Encouraged the class to think ‘technology’ – how to integrate our skills in music and technology to make a presentation with speaking, music, images, PDFs and movie.

Friday 22 February 2013 – Each individual or group did their own P,C/T or Presentation task.

Tuesday 26 February 2013 – P3: Split class – Technology group  music concepts with Mrs O’Brien. Performing group looked at Composing skills using chords I IV and V.

P4: Technology group – asked to show they can record using a microphone for speaking, microphone for singing, line input (e.g. guitar) and loops; also import video or images; think what their assignment might be.

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