Week 1 (Our World) George Ezra was born in Hertford. He loved listening to old Jazz Blues music, especially one Blues musician who was called 'Howlin' Wolf'. Listening to this old music gave him ideas for his own music.
When he turned 18 he moved to Bristol so he could go to one of our city's music schools (BIMMS). He learnt how to perform music in front of people and he improved his skill in writing music (composing).
People in Bristol loved his voice and music. They would pack out our music halls to see him perform. Quickly he became popular across the UK.
Week 2 (Eid ul Fitr)
Beats of Happiness - Eid Nasheed.
A nasheed is an Islamic song - usually just voice or sometimes accompanied by percussion. They are usually about Islam and refer to Islamic teachings or the words of the Qu'ran. This nasheed is to welcome Eid at the end of the Ramadan fast. The video shows a large mosque in the Cairo, Egypt called Ibn Tulun Mosque.
Week 3 (Freedom)
From now until the end of term children have the chance to choose the assembly music. In this first week Ashton has chosen Stormzy as his favourite artist. In this tune Stormzy talks about the importance of his Christian faith to him.
Week 1 (Relationships) - This week we're thinking about relationships. Relationships and having good friendships are some of the most important things to have. Relationships can be caring, loving, fun and supportive. Relationships make us happy, make us motivated to work hard and to be creative. In this video showing Jazz music, Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong have very good relationships with their musicians and with each other. Without their fun friendship then this music would not have been created. Notice how the jazz music is created bit by bit each time Bing introduces another musician. See the fun Bing and Louis have singing together. Think about your favourite artist, musician or author. Who do they have a supportive relationship with to help create their work?
Week 2 (Getting on and Falling out)
Nina Simone was a Jazz singer and Pianist from America. Before her, female jazz musicians would only sing. Nina accompanied herself with the piano and played her own songs.
She was able to play classical music as well as Jazz. Her love of classical music can be heard in the middle of this song where she plays music written 300 years ago by the classical cmposer Bach. She then goes back into playing her own Jazz music again.
Her music continues to inspire musicians today.
Week 3 (Democracy)
We had a visiting group of musicians today playing some great tunes. here they are again!
Wallace and Gromit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg9M5IvFQRw
Pink Panther: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0RutCQ4oQk
Mozart Horn Concerto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g4SlqjORM4
Purcell Trumpet Voluntary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR0i170noHY
Week 4 (Trust) Jackson Five
The 5 singers in this video were brothers and they called themselves the ‘Jackson 5’. The young boy singing was 7 years old when he recorded this song and he later became one of the greatest pop musicians in the world, Michael Jackson. The young brothers had to trust each other when singing. They had to trust that each brother would start singing at the right time and that each brother would sing the right tune.
I want you back - the Jackon Five: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3Q80mk7bxE
Week 5 (Honesty)
Last week we listened to the Jackson 5 which was fronted by the young Michael Jackson. When Michael Jackson grew up he became one of the best musicians in the world. This week we're listening to one of his songs called 'Man in the Mirror'. The song is about being honest which is this weeks theme. In the song, Michael sings that if you want to make a change or make the world a better place then you need to be honest with yourself first. You need to identify what you find difficult and and work to improve about yourself.
Week 6 (Ramadan)
As many families prepare for a month of fasting during daylight hours, we focus this week on the importance of Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. The music of Yusuf Islam tells of a family waiting for the moon so they can break their fast.
Week 7 (Strength)
One of the most famous bands of the 20th Century was the Beatles who came from Liverpoool. They were ordinary young men who shook the world with their music.
Week 1 (Determination) - Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - an Aboriginal musician from Australia who was born blind but found his love of music when he was four years old. His family had very little money and could not afford to get the help he needed to learn. Despite his blindness he was determined to become a musician and taught himself to play the accordion with no help - practising every day. Next he learned the piano and then the guitar and drums. He shared his music both in Australia and around the world.
Video of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert in 2012 where Gurrumul contributed to the anthem "Sing" (skip to 5 minutes to see Gurrumul)
Week 2 (Aspiration) - Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo - Somewhere over the rainbow. This song has become an anthem for people all over the world who hope for a better and safer life. The words in the song remind us that dreams can be achieved. The singer in this song is from the tropical island of Hawaii. He is playing the ukulele, which is the national instrument of Hawaii. The singer’s music and his high aspirations of himself and others helped to get Hawaii noticed and create a better life and rights for other Hawaiians.
Week 3 (Courage)
Week 4 (Communication) African tribes value the importance of communication with others so much that they use drums to communicate with other tribes to far away to talk to. The many different rhythms and sounds produced on a drum act a bit like words in a sentence. Put together and they create messages. Tribes use drums to ask for help, to warn of danger and even to invite other tribes to parties.
Week 5 (Heroes) Songs were an important part of the civil rights movement in the US. They motivated and helped keep spirits up during long marches.
Week 6 (Failure) This music is from a brave country who lost everything during the second World War. When Japan finally saw that they had lost the war, they looked at all their failures. They thought about the suffering they had caused people and the millions of families they had hurt. They were sorry for what they had done and learnt from their mistakes. They are now a peaceful nation who work to make the world a better place.
Term 4 Week 2 (Power of Reading)
Born in London, Maya Sona Jobarteh's father comes from Gambia in west Africa. She plays an instrument called a kora and the first female kora player to become famous. The kora is a 21-stringed harp-like instrument. The instrument is an important element of the Mandingo peoples in West Africa and their playing is reserved only to certain families called Griot.
Term 4 Week 4 (Making good choices)
The music of Cuba is popular all over the world which is amazing because it is only a tiny island in the middle of the ocean.
The main roll of the music is for people to dance to.
Cuban people are very proud of their music and of their dance. They love sharing them with the rest of the world and have set up Salsa clubs in cities across the globe! Including Bristol!!
Term 4 Week 6
Indian Music - This music is from India and the unusual instrument being played is called the Sitar. When it is not playing the melody (tune) it is playing the same note over and over again. This is called a drone. Like in other music we’ve heard, the rhythm is provided by the drums. These indian drums are called Tabla. If you squeeze the sides of a table, the drum skins are pulled and tightened changing the sound created when the table is hit.