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News Paper Item

The Students at Tuntable Creek are involved in a News Papers in Schools Program. Every so often we prepare a page to be printed in the local paper. This is a great opportunity to promote the school and various activities, to the local community. On the 3rd of June we were published and our page included 5 students and their comments about our Gypsy Tober visit.

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Posted on June 06, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Comments from the kids

Dunoon PS
It is valuable because it teaches us about different instruments. Harry yr 6
We learnt about aspects of layering vocals. Particularly, parallel harmonies. Max yr 6
I really liked how we sang the songs at school with instruments and then heard them sung without instruments. Gab yr 5
I liked how they turned our ideas into a song. Poppy yr 6
I liked how they involved us. It was good to move and dance, not just sit down. Emily yr 6
I like how they asked what fun things we did and made a song up. Leif y3
I like the songs they sang, particularly the harmonies. Tilly yr 3
I like the rhythm and the beat. It was a bit like Jazz. Noah yr3
I really liked the different tone colours and sounds. Kyle yr3
Musica viva made me think about what I can do with pots and pans at home. Cheron yr 3
I really enjoyed it. It was great to hear the real people sing what we have been practicing. It helps you to learn about rhythms, beat and the ingredients of a song. Seb yr 6
It was nice because it was relaxing. Levi kindy
It’s good to do, (Bam Fazer) because it’s not so loud, but it’s musicy. I liked the songs. Jessi-Jo Kindy
I like the elaborate melodies and different vocal tones. I also loved the amazing musical instruments, particularly the pandeiro, because it was like a drumkit. Music Aviva helps us to learn musical skills and see others talent. Ziggy yr4
I like the pandeiro because it was like a cool drum kit with metal clangy bits. Dressing up in costumes was cool. Felix yr2
I loved listening to their singing and learning the names of instruments. I enjoyed looking at other kids amazing costumes. I think Musica Viva is BomFazer! Gabby yr 4
I loved dressing up, I liked meeting them and hearing them sing with different tones – I didn’t realize they sing all the parts at once. I thought the layers were recorded one at a time. Jay yr 4
Music Aviva is Bom Fazer because you got to join in to the songs. Hanna yr 2
It was fun because you can dress up, sing songs, and hear them, not just the recorded songs and a photo. Lewin yr 2
I hope your students found it as valuable as ours.
Miss Jodie

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Re: Boomwhackers

oo this looks good.... I'm just having a sneak peak. We have recently completed our work on Gypsy Tober. I was curious what other mentors have been posting. I have some boom whakers, this is good - reminds me to use them!

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 2:14 PM

The Tour has begun!!

We were very fortunate to experience our Gypy Tober performance today. We had the hall looking beautiful with our bird art. And many of the students from the five small schools, were dressed in costumes relevant to the theme.
The vocals were beautiful and the students enjoyed being involved in the show.
We will continue with some follow up activities this week to conclude the unit of work.
I have included a few photos from the morning. I hope you enjoy your Gypsy Tober Visit.

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Cheap resources can be the best!!

Our most recent music sessions have been fun. We used claves made from broom sticks to play the beat to BOM FAZER.
We "painted" the melody for MAGPIE with Kazoos (Under $5 each).
We used whistles, bird whistles and wind instruments to make bird music. (collected previously)
We Used kitchen equipment to play COOKING WITH GAS (From home and the staff room).
Some of the more advanced students are learning to play MAGPIE on recorder. ($5-10 each).
We danced to some electronic music called BIRD MACHINE (internet link)
And we used plastic cups to create rhythm patterns with partners.

Posted on May 07, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Re: Interactive White Board in Dropbox!

It occured to me you will need my email address, if you wish to email me so that I can invite you in to the dropbox. It is:
There are some great links on it and some fun lesson ideas.

Posted on May 07, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Interactive White Board in Dropbox!

Hi All
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have been putting together an IWB 'Notebook'. These files are to big to email and are not compatible to this system of communication, Soooo..... I have put the file in a drop boxand am happy to invite you in to access the file. You will need to contact me via email, so that I have your email address. Once you recieve the invite it is very easy to follow the directions to recieve the file. Please note Dropbox will not work on NSW dept. ed server or computers and so you will need to access this on your private internet server.
Have you got anything to share?
Happy teaching - Miss Jodiemischievous

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Preparing for your Ensemble visit

Greetings all I hope you had an enjoyable Easter break.
It is not long now before we will be engaging in our interative performance by Gypsy Tober.
In our small community of schools we like to make a big thing of the Musica Viva concerts by intergrating the arts.
We decorate the hall with relevant artworks, instruments and other props and resources - I have soft relevant music playing on arrival too. I also encourage staff and students to dress in costume.
The Gypsy Tober resource package and choice of songs has bought these themes to light for us:* Gypsies
* Birds
* Samba
* Kitchen
* Africa
It is time to start getting some arts works ready to decorate the hall and allow students time to prepare a simple costume - feather boas, flowing colourful gypsy dresses n scarves, headresses or feather masks etc.
I have included a picture here of a lovely artwork from the Channon Public School. We will decorate with these and hopefully some black and white Magpie works also.
Please share your suggestions.

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Gathering Resources

As well as the Interactive Whiteboard Notebook File - I have begun to put together a collection of physical resources, to use in my Gypsy Tober sessions.

A Class set of Clave (Clapping sticks - made from broom handles)
Sets of Remo Circle drums
Whistles including bird whistles
Kitchen equipment
The loop station pedal

Samba Music (The Samba Blisters)
Australian Folk Music (Home among the gum trees, My Island home, Kookaburra)
Bird related recordings (Rainforest relaxation tracks, Xavia Rudd -Follow the Sun)

Props and Costumes
The World Globe
Masks - Feathers - feather boas
Bird costumes

We'd love to know what's in your teaching kit. smiling
Miss Jodie

Posted on April 03, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Kitchen Music

The K-6 students at Tuntable Creek are very inspired by the idea of 'Kitchen Music'. We are integrating our lessons for the 'Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden' program, with our Musica Viva, Math and Literacy. They are begining to put ideas together for this years concerts and performance work, based on the idea of Kitchen Music. Yesterday we discussed OSTINATO. Ostinato are repeated rhythms. We used Kitchen equipment to create OSTINATOs. We recorded our sound patterns into a LOOP station. It was enjoyable, acheivable and sounded great. The students have listened to "Cooking with Gas", had a chat about the lyrics and sang along to the track. The next step is for the students to Play their ostinatos with Gypsy Tober accompaniment "Cooking with Gas". They will then complete a written representation of their rhythmical patterns with pictures and basic music notation.
There are some fantastic videos on Youtube related to kitchen music. I have included them in My Interactive White Board presentation. Here are some of the links we have been refering to.

Enjoy Share Play
Miss Jodie

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Posted on April 02, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Have you started to teach Gypsy Tober?

I have completed the unit of work I was doing in music this term, and so this week I have begun to introduce Gypsy Tober to the students.
There are a few ways to do this....
You could remind them of, and discuss previous Musica Viva shows, look at photos and sing the songs learnt. Then move onto listening to a piece from Gypsy Tober. And having a discussion about it.
You could start by asking students what singing means to them...and then introducing Barb, Ange and Leah through use of the provided resources.
You might ask "Where in the world is Brazil?" to begin discussions about this years performance group.
As part of my Instrument families unit - we use 'Kitchen' equipment in the percussion sessions. I began by asking if students enjoyed using kitchen equipment and we discussed some of the great sounds we were able to produce. Then I began a discussion about Musica Viva and introduced the students to the unit through use of an Interactive Whiteboard Notebook that I have begun to develop based on the pieces from Gypsy Tober.
Let us know if something has worked for you and your students. (I did attempt to upload the notebook file as an attachment for you all - it did not work)
Good luck all and I look forward to hearing from you.
Miss Jodie

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Posted on March 28, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Re: Introducing Jodie Digney

Greetings all
I hope you are as excitied to be involved in Musica Viva as I am. I am slowly navigating the digital approach to sharing and networking, and will be watching this space regularly in order to keep up the communication between us all. I have veiwed the provided resources and am happy to assist others in doing so. I have started a twitter account for this purpose also. I am a huge fan of the interactive white board and am currently working on producing one relevant to Gypsy Tober. I will be happy to share this with those of you who are interested. I would love for you to share any creative or useful lessons that you have coordinated for Gypsy Tober sessions also.
Looking forward to connecting with you all.
Happy teaching - Miss Jodie

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 9:08 AM