"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 3 Recorder Compositions

Students in Division 3 have been composing pieces to perform on their recorders. In groups, students were given criteria to follow in composing their pieces, and each group performed their piece for the class. Over the last few weeks, the class has been working to learn each other’s pieces. Click below to hear Division 3 perform each group’s piece.

*Due to privacy concerns, only the initials of each song’s composers have been included*

Rainy Day – AFG, MRL, ES, SW

The Marching Parade – PC, JE, KKP, SM

Clear Skies – EC, KHZ, JP, KV

The Corny Notes – EC, DP, SP, ST

Division 7 xylophone – Bell Horses

Division 7 has been playing xylophone for the past few months, and have recently been working on a song called “Bell Horses”. They figured out how to play the melody of the song on their xylophones all on their own, and have added some rather tricky accompaniment parts to the song. They’ve been working very hard on playing as a group and on being aware of what is going on around them in order to fit all the different parts together. Have a listen!

Division 4 recorder – Pop Goes The Weasel

Div 4 has been working on a song called “Pop Goes The Weasel” on their recorders. This song is challenging to play because there are three beats in a bar, rather than four beats which we are used to playing. The students did a great job reading their rhythms and playing together as a group!

Primary Choir performing Multicultural Night

Our Primary Choir, including students in Divisions 8, 10 and 12, have been invited to sing a few songs at Brantford’s Multicultural Night, to be held on Friday, April 8th in Brantford’s gym. For those students able to attend, we will be performing our songs at 6:00pm, and will be meeting in the music room at 5:50pm to set up. The performance will be about 5-8 minutes long, and students are free to go after the performance. We’re looking forward to seeing the students there!

Grade 2 and 3’s at Primary Days of Music

Primary Days pic 1 Our students performing "Auld Lang Syne" with the group

Congratulations to the Grade 2 and 3 students from Divisions 8, 10 and 12 on a spectacular performance at Primary Days of Music! We had a chance to sing with students from other schools, and we also saw some great performances today. Our students have been working hard since January to learn all their songs, and their hard work has paid off!

Please click below to hear our performances of Brantford’s two songs, “Swinging on a Star” and “Music is Fun”.

Primary Choir sneak peek

Divisions 8, 10 and 12 have been working hard to practice the songs we are performing at Primary Days of Music next week.  Here’s a preview of “The Happy Wanderer”, which is one of the eight massed pieces we are performing with all the other schools.


Div 1 & 2 Soundtrack Projects

For their Term 2 project, Divisions 1 & 2 created 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.  As you’ll see when viewing the two sets of clips, each group had unique and even contrasting perspectives on their scenes, and even though some clips appear more than once, they can be presented in very different ways. See if you can tell what the mood or feeling of each clip is — is it happy? sad? angry? excited? What is the story that the music is trying to tell?

*the password for the clips below is brantford
*due to privacy concerns, each student has been identified in each clip by initials only*

Kindergarten & Grade 1 – Toaster Time

Students in Kindergarten and Grade 1 are learning about beat and rhythm, and are learning to identify these in different songs and poems we learn in class. This poem is quite a long one (we counted 40 beats!), and the students figured out all the “ta”, “ti-ti” and “shh” rhythms all on their own. Great job!

Toaster Time

Division 5 recorders – This Little Light

Division 5 has been working on playing 2-part music this term, and this song is particularly challenging because of the tricky rhythms written in the song.  Playing music in 2 parts can be tricky sometimes because you have to be able to play your own part, pay attention to the other part, and make sure that the parts stay together, all at the same time.  Well done, Div. 5!

Primary Days of Music info & lyrics

Information regarding this year’s Primary Days of Music festival have been added to “Upcoming Events” under “March 2016”.

The lyrics to the pieces we are singing can be found under “Our Classroom” and “Primary Days of Music”.

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