Class 10 have started the new school term with a refresher rounding up all the ukulele knowledge that we have learnt so far. We first introduced the students to the ukulele towards the end of the autumn term. This is an ideal instrument for the pupils to play. The size of the ukulele suits some of the physical learning needs of the students. It is also incredibly rewarding when the pupils are able to learn some simple chords and perform a song collectively as a class.
After a brief reminder of the techniques that we have already been taught, Class 10 were introduced to some new chord changes ahead of our preparation to perform the song Sail Us Away. Our learning focus for this session was to pay particular attention towards the time signature and the rest that are required in the rhythm. The students have been shown the basics of reading music notes and how we can recognise symbols such as a double bar line.
Our practical ukulele skills were backed up with some written work showing the theory of what we have learnt. Each class member has completed a diagram of a ukulele and labeled it with coloured dots to show the chords that we have learnt.
Other Class 10 pupils have continued with their learning on the Turney School keyboards. Our task was to match the chords shown in a musical score with the correct sequence of keys on the keyboard. We have been listening to the different sound changes that we can create in the four chords that we can now play.