Chiming Chords and Rhythms!

Over the past few music lessons, Year 1 have been learning all about applying different rhythms onto instruments. This has involved them turning simple and memorable sentences into rhythms, then playing those rhythms on xylophones and glockenspiels, given them a basis for improvising a melody!

Today, year 1 took that learning a step further and learnt about chords. They showed a brilliant understanding, learning that in music we have melodies and we have chords, and that a chord is when more than one note is played at the same time. We also explored which notes sound nice together, and how some note combinations can sound a little bit… odd! Then, year 1 split into 3 groups, each group playing a different note on the chime bars – either C, E or G. When these notes are played altogether it makes a lovely chord: C Major! Using their brilliant rhythmic skills, they repeated rhythms in unisons on their chimes, and the result sounded fantastic! They did a brilliant job playing in time, perfectly together, and very carefully and accurately too.

Well done year 1, you’re a superbly musical class!

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