Leaving songs – composed and produced by year 6 students!

I am bursting with pride! Year 6 spent a half term studying songwriting with me. They were tasked with composing a song that reflected their feelings about moving on from primary to high school. The result? Some incredible songs written entirely by the children with very little help from me. There were lots and lots of good songs that were written but we had to choose just a few to take to the studio.

We are very fortunate that we are close to the excellent Crown Lane Studio. 16 children spent the day with John in the studio rehearsing, arranging recording and producing their songs. We are especially grateful to John for organising Merton Music Foundation students to act as session musicians for us.

I always have high expectations for all the children at St Teresa’s but I was not prepared for quite how good these songs actually are! The lyrics, the harmonies, the raps, the structure of the songs is all down to the children.

Thanks must go to Mr Dachtler who was never in any doubt that the songs would be good and made it possible for us to go to the studio for the day.

The video below shows what we actually got up to during the day and was recorded and edited by my son Andrew. I’m not so keen about the crazy shots of me but apart from that it will give you a taste of what the day was like!

Behind the scenes

Interview with Mighty River composers

Listen to the songs.
if you watched the video you heard just a snippet from the songs. Click on the songs below to hear them all the way through. They are well worth a listen!

Fresh from the studio ….

Here are the songs that our year 6 children wrote and arranged. They went to Crown Lane Studio to work with John and Bill to produce these incredible songs. Ms Malone and I were seriously impressed with the hard work and effort displayed. The quality of the songs is outstanding. They have created a beautiful legacy to pass on.

There will be a video to follow but I am impatient for you to hear the songs so here you go!

England’s Lionesses to win world cup?

Have you been watching the England women’s football team? They are playing fantastically well in the world cup. Have a look at this blog here to see what has been going on

To celebrate and cheer them on their way I thought we could sing this wonderful song. Click on the button that says watch on vimeo.

Everycolour Choirs Singing Dare To Dream, 10 May 2015, Manchester City Stadiums from Dynamic Studio on Vimeo.

All that jazz!

Hello Year 5,

We are going to be learning about Jazz in our music lessons for the final half term. Knowing how much many of you LOVE drumming, crazy rhythms and a bit of creative freedom to make up your own stuff I predict you will LOVE jazz!

Some background:

It started in late 19th early 20th century in African American communities in the USA
It mixes up African rhythms, brass band traditions, European harmonies
It is really popular music and sometimes disapproved of.

During our lessons we will be exploring the following musical features:
improvisation
polyrhythms
syncopation
scat

Here are a couple of clips to get us started.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mq4UT4VnbE

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zd9mpv4

Year 6 song writing project

I am so proud of year 6! They have written some incredible songs to celebrate the time they have spent at St Teresa’s. If you click on the audio clips below you will hear a rough draft of their songs. Please bear in mind that these songs are still in development. These are not polished performances but brave and generous demonstrations from composers willing to take creative risks. How many people do you know that have written a song?