The York Arts Education group are offering a variety of online courses and sessions for various instruments. These are not free sessions, but there might something here that interests you. Thank you to the parent who brought this resource to our attention.
As part of our music curriculum, we ask you to listen to pieces of music and say what you think of them. This is called music appraisal.
From now on, a piece of music will appear regularly on this page as a YouTube link for you to listen to. The music will be different styles. When you listen to it, try to answer these questions:
Do you like it? Why or why not?
What instruments can you hear?
How does the music make you feel?
Try to describe the music in one or two words.
Some of the tracks might be quite long. Although it is best to listen to the whole track, listening to 3 or 4 minutes should be enough for you to answer the questions. It's ok not to like a piece of music, but can you then explain why you do not like it? Hopefully you will find something new that you like. As usual, take care when using YouTube and if anything appears that you are not happy with, turn the screen off and tell an adult.
If you would like to email your answers, or you would like to make comments about any of the pieces of music, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title of the music.
10. Boston Common Quartet Tribute - That Old Quartet of Mine
Sung in the early 1940s, this song is sung by a 'Barberahop quartet' - a style of music using a cappella singing - vocals without any instruments. Normally four people singing, each person sings a different part of a chord and then sing in harmony.
9. James Blunt - Postcards
There has already been a pop song in this series of music videos, but this one is a bit special because a ukulele is played almost the whole way through. Can you hear it? It sounds quite simple, but it's actually quite tricky to play.
8. Aiko Shimada and Elizabeth Falconer - Tanabata no Uta
This is a traditional Japanese lullaby and song of the Star Festival. It has a very distinctive sound because it is played on a traditional Japanese instrument called the koto. There is a picture of this below.
7. Avicii - Wake Me Up
This song was written in 2013. It is a style of music is known as EDM (or electronic dance music).
6. Ludwig Goransson - The Mandalorian Theme
This is part of the soundtrack to the TV series set in the Star Wars universe. TV/movie soundtracks can be written in different styles themselves. However, they often have themes that return and are normally written to accompany and emphasise the images on the screen.
5. Ay-Kherel - Morgul
This is a form of music called Throat Singing, also known as overtone singing, harmonic singing, or harmonic chant. This particular example comes from Tuva, a region of Russia.
4. Gary Numan - Cars
"Cars" is a song by English musician Gary Numan from 1979. While this is classed as 'pop music' it is also considered to be 'electronic' music.
3. Bob Marley - Three Little Birds
"Three Little Birds" is a song written by Bob Marley in 1977. It has a positive message in these tricky times. It is a style of music called reggae, which originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s.
2. Richard Wagner - Ride Of The Valkyries
This is a very well known classical piece of music by the German composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner. It was first written in 1851.
1. Marshmello ft. Bastille - Happier (Official Lyric Video)
First one is the recent Happier by Marshmello featuring Bastille.
If you have taken advantage of the free parent log in (available here), then you can also use the Music Express resources. This is a full set of lessons and resources for all Primary ages (from Reception to Year 6) and comes in six lots of six lessons for each year group. It has everything you need to learn more about music and join in with some of the singing, pulse and rhythm and appraisal lessons.
If you have your own ukulele (or access to one) then this link takes you to all the ukulele lessons and songs that you have learned with Mrs Martin in Year 3 (and some songs that you have not learned!) Each lession shows you what strings or chords to play and plays the song.
Although Mrs Martin normally asks us not to tune ukuleles ourselves, this song will help by demonstrating what each string should sound like. Turn the tuning pegs at the top of the ukulele carefully but please do not turn them too much or the string may snap. This activity will certainly need adult supervision to begin with.