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​Queensland Youth Orchestra

​What’s happening in Music?

Year 1
In music this term, students will further understand basic rhythms such as Ta, Ti-Ti and Za. Students will gain an understanding of fast and slow tempo, high and low notes and will be able to tell the difference between beat and rhythm. Most of this term will be spent singing with a focus on using our singing voices rather than speaking voice. Students will learn to tap the beat while singing.  
 
Year 1/2
In music this term, students will explore pitch by singing the song ‘BINGO’. Students will perform BINGO in groups of 4, using their own composed body percussion. They will demonstrate aural skills by staying in tune and keeping n time. Students will also learn to improvise a given rhythm pattern.
 
Year 2
In music this term, students will develop an understanding of tone colour by exploring Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. They will learn about various instruments in the orchestra and learn which family each instrument belongs to.
In class, students will learn the song ‘Dinah’. They will perform the song while doing body percussion in small groups. They will also learn to improvise a 4 beat rhythm.
 
Year 2/3
In music this term, students will learn new rhythms and their beat values. They will improve their aural skills by learning to transcribe rhythms.
Year 3 students will compose their own four bar composition using a wide variety of rhythms. They will then perform their composition on an instrument.
Year 2 students will compose their own two bar composition using simple rhythms such as ta, ti-ti and za. They will then perform their composition on an un-tuned percussion instrument.
 
Year 3
In music this term, students will learn new rhythms and their beat values. They will improve their aural skills by learning to transcribe rhythms.
In class, students will compose their own four bars using the new rhythms learnt. They will then perform their composition on an instrument.
 
Year 4
In music this term, students will learn the song, In Summer, from Frozen. They will then perform this song in small groups.
Students will improve their aural skills by learning to transcribe rhythms. They will also listen to many different songs and learn to identify if a song is in swing or straight rhythm.
 
Year 5
In music this term, students will explore the ways that Musicals use various combinations of voices to tell a story. The three voice types they will focus on are Solo, Duet and Chorus.
Students will pick a song from a Disney movie and perform in groups, for the class. They will then complete a questionnaire about the song they chose.
 
Year 5/6
In music this term, Students will learn the song ‘Blame it on the Boogie’ by The Jackson Five. This will improve their aural skills by singing with accurate pitch, rhythm and expression. 
In class, year 5 students will explore the ways that musicals use various combinations of voices to tell a story. The three voice types they will focus on are solo, duet and chorus.
Year 6 students will learn to play the 12 Bar Blues on a glockenspiel or keyboard. They will then perform it for the class using accurate pitch and rhythms.
 
Year 6
In music this term, students will learn about ‘Rock and Roll’ and ‘Jazz’ and various songs, including 12 Bar Blues.
In class, students will learn the song ‘Hound Dog’ by Elvis Presley, which is in the style of the 12 Bar Blues. Students will learn to play this song on an instrument and perform it in a group of 2 or 3.
In class, students will learn to write a C major scale They will also learn the roman numerals, chords and the structure for the 12 bar blues.