A hive of musical activity

Minimbah Music

The Minimbah Music House is a hive of activity again this term. We are busily learning, and making music in preparation for our Mini-Music Festival in Term 4.

This year we will run four small concerts based at school. Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 will share their music-making at a concert on Monday 16 October, at 3.45 pm, and on the same afternoon, Year 3 and 4 will follow them at 5 pm. Years 5 and 6 will perform at the assembly on Thursday 19 October, and the Minimbah Music Festival will conclude with our Term 4 Instrumental Soirée on Tuesday 24 October, at 3.30 pm.

In preparation, the children are working hard, learning new music and improving their music skills Year 6 has been composing music using Garageband. They have been using prompts, such as a picture storybook or an image, to spark their imagination. The Year 6 workshop groups are working towards performing as an ensemble at the music assembly.

Year 5 are furthering their ukulele skills and are hoping to share a classic with their families at the Music Assembly. The Year 5 cohort has now had 4 or 5 lessons on their Workshop instruments. I have had the pleasure of hearing many of them as they explore simple tunes and foundational skills.

Year 4 students have been exploring song structure and discussing how to arrange their version of a popular song. They use a wide range of instruments, and if you want to know which song they choose, you will have to come along and hear for yourself😊

Year 3 students are currently honing their recorder skills in preparation for the Mini-Music Festival. They have made significant progress throughout the year and have quite the back catalogue to draw from. With random squeaks almost a thing of the past, this is one to 'circle in your festival program'.

Year 1 and 2 students have been learning rhythmic pieces using various untuned percussion instruments. Putting it plainly, hitting, banging, shaking and scraping things in a groovy and musical way.

Foundation students have enjoyed playing musical detectives and exploring dynamics when looking for hidden objects. They use body percussion to express rhythms and look forward to stomping and clapping for you soon.

Recently students from Years 3 and 4 participated in the Boîte Schools Chorus. On Thursday 3 August, the students ventured to the city to participate in a massed choir. They had learnt 10 songs celebrating the culture, traditions, and history of the Torres Strait Island. It was clear from the student's faces that they were relishing this unique and remarkable experience. Hearing almost 300 hundred children sing together was amazing, such a memorable and amazing opportunity.

Sue Fletcher & John Beckley