"Music is the universal language of mankind." — H.W. Longfellow

Welcome to Brantford’s Music Blog!

Welcome to Brantford’s Music Blog!  This site is where you will be able to find information about upcoming events in music at our school and in our school district, and where you will be able to get a glimpse into the different things that we accomplish in our music classes.  We don’t have many opportunities to share what we do in music class with others — hopefully this blog will change that.  Stay tuned!

~Ms Loo

Div 9, 10, 11, 12 Perform at the Farewell Assembly

Congratulations on the completion of another school year! Students in Divisions 9, 10, 11 and 12 performed “Child Of Tomorrow” at the Farewell Assembly for the Grade 7’s, who will be leaving Brantford to attend secondary school. You can hear the song below.

We wish all of our grade 7’s the best of luck wherever they may go. And to all of our students, have a happy and safe summer holiday!

Division 8 recorders

Division 8 has started to learn the recorder this term, and they’ve come a very long way in the past 2 months! They’ve been working hard on combining skills in reading notes and rhythms on the music staff with learning fingerings for the notes on their recorders and playing with a gentle, pleasant sound. You can hear them playing a song called “Kagome” by clicking below.

Division 9 xylophones

Division 9 has been playing xylophone for the past few months. They have been working on a piece called “I Love Song”. For many of the students in this class, this is their second year playing the xylophone. The parts in this song include some tricky note and rhythm combinations. The students have been working very hard on playing as a group and on being aware of what is going on around them in order to fit the 3 different parts together. You can listen below by entering the password: brantford

 

Division 10 xylophones

Division 10 has been playing xylophone for the past few months, and have recently been working on a song called “Engine Engine Number 9”. Students figured out how to play the melody of the song on their xylophones, and added two other musical parts to complete the song. They’ve been working hard on playing together and keeping a steady beat. You can watch them performing their song below by entering the password: brantford

 

Div 6 Recorder Compositions

Students in Division 5 and the grade 5’s from Division 6 have been composing pieces for their class to play on the recorder. In groups, students were given criteria to follow in composing their pieces, and each group performed their piece for the class. The classes have also been working to learn each other’s pieces.

Click below to hear Division 6’s performance of their class’ compositions.

 

 

Year-end song lyrics posted (Div 9-12)

The words to the song we are performing at the year-end assembly have been posted. Click on “Our Classroom” and “Year End 2019” to read or download a copy to print. 

Primary Days of Music performances

Congratulations to the grade 2’s and 3’s in Divisions 8, 10 and 12 for a wonderful performance at Primary Days of Music! The students have been working very hard for the past two months to learn all of their songs for this event. We sang nine massed pieces along with the students from the 4 other schools who attended our session, in addition to two pieces that students from Brantford sang on our own.

Click below to hear Brantford’s two pieces, Old King Cole and A Distant Shore/The Water Is Wide.

Div 2 Soundtrack Project

This term, students in Div 2 worked to create music soundtracks to accompany a short silent movie clip.  Once each group chose their clip, they were to provide a sound for each action occurring in the clip using instruments found in the music room, as well as an accompaniment to set the mood/feeling that they wanted to portray.  No vocal sounds or dialogue were permitted. Each group’s challenge was to create a story surrounding the clip and then tell this story solely through the use of instruments.  You can view the clips below using the password brantford 

 

Div 1 Soundtrack Project

Students in Div 1 have been composing soundtracks to go with short video clips.  After being shown a few examples, each group chose a clip to compose for, and students were asked to come up with TWO different soundtracks to accompany the same clip — showing how music can affect how the viewer feels, the mood, and what one would expect to happen in a scene. 

As you view the scenes below, think about how each clip sounds and feels different as you watch the first version and the second version — Do different instruments affect how the scene feels? What is the tempo (speed) of the soundtrack? What is the dynamic level (volume) of the instruments being played? How does this affect what you are seeing? What is the story that the music is trying to tell?  All these different elements provided by the soundtrack can affect how a scene is presented. 

The password to view the video below is brantford

 

Primary Days of Music notice

A notice with information regarding Primary Days of Music has been sent home with the Grade 2 and 3 students in Divisions 8, 10 and 12.  Please make sure to return the consent form to your classroom teacher this week!

We will be attending Primary Days of Music on Thursday, March 14th at Marlborough Elementary.  The bus will be at Brantford at 925am for pick up, and we will be returning at approximately noon.  More info can be found in the “Upcoming Events” tab, in “March 2019”.