Music at the Model
Every week, each class in the school gets a dedicated music lesson of between thirty and sixty minutes from our Music Specialist teacher.
Classes consist of listening activities, performing on percussion and recorder, plus plenty of creative work.
Check out our Listening Pod at the bottom of the page for examples of our creative and performing work.
"Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul." - Plato
House Music Contest 2016 - Highlights from the auditions and final
Congratulations to all those who auditioned for the House Music Contest this year. The P7 judges made some tough decisions and the finalists performed brilliantly. This year, the trophy went to Montgomery House; the first time since the contest began five years ago!
Carrickfergus Music Festival 2017
Congratulations to all the musicians who participated at the Carrickfergus Music Festival this year. Well done to all the brave soloists too! Fantastic performances by all.
Newtownards Model Primary School Orchestra
The school orchestra meets once (sometimes twice!) a week and currently has twenty four members. The orchestra performs at school events such as the Carol Service and June recital. They also compete in the Carrickfergus Music Festival in April each year, managing to come top of its class in 2015.
Anyone who has been getting lessons for a year or more either inside or outside school is very welcome.
Time for some creative music (pictured right)
P5 have been using the life cycle of the seed to get expressive with music!
After spending time reading and discussing the poem "Seed Song" they worked on creating soundbytes for a variety of aspects of the seed cycle.
Listen to the Seed Song with no words: Can you hear the roots growing? The rain and the sunshine? The flower blossoming? Click play below:
Using music software (pictured right)
P4 children have been having fun creating Three Blind Mice music their own way and telling the story of a Rocket Launch and journey through space using the Compose World Junior 2 application. They create, edit and sequence their music using picture boxes for each phrase. A great introduction to music sequencing and editing!
Symbols and Cymbals! (Above)
The P3 children have been learning how to read and write musical sound using sequences of symbols representing different instruments.
Vivaldi's Four Seasons (below)
As part of our Italy topic, the P3 children get immersed in the music of 18th century Italian composer Vivaldi. The children discussed features about the seasons and also what Vivaldi was trying to show us in his music. They then drew a picture and sentence to match the music while they listened.
Vocal Sound Circle (pictured)
The P2s have been experimenting with their voices to create a vocal sound circle. Thumbs up start making your sound! Thumbs down time to stop. The sounds build in volume as everyone joins in and fade away as one by one they stop.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Sit back and enjoy the sound story performance of Jack and the Beanstalk by P2R - featuring Jensen as the scary Giant!
Subject to availability, pupils can take up lessons on guitar, flute, clarinet, violin, trumpet or baritone.
Pupils are encouraged to develop performance skills through in-school recitals and performances at festivals if they wish to do so.
Each class throughout the school year have the opportunity to work on musical performances as a whole class. Here in the Listening Pod, family and friends can have a listen!
P2: Jack Frost
The P2 children combat multi-tasking by combining these tricky sounds to a chant about Winter. Well done boys and girls!
Keep on moving, keep on moving, Winter's coming got to keep on moving (steady hand drum beat)
Shake your body from your top to your toes (sleigh bells shake)
Nod your head (three tap claves)
And wiggle your nose (wooden ago go wiggle)
Keep on moving, keep on moving, Winter's coming got to keep on moving (steady hand drum beat returns)
P3 Symbol Sequence
P3 children have been using symbols to create a sound sequence with percussion instruments. With Honor as the conductor, can you hear Cate, Imogen, Marina, Kacy-Jayne and Thomas follow the cue "shake"?
P5: Recorder fun with The Addam's Family
P5O have been putting together an impressive combination of voices, clicks and recorders in their performance of The Addam's Family...
P6: Down By the Bay
"Did you ever see a.........with a........down by the bay?"
P6 children have rhyming fun filling in the gaps at the end of each verse with their own question to the listener in this call and echo performance using voice and recorder.