Grangetown Primary School

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Mrs mapplebeck - Cello and Violin


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Mrs Mapplebeck comes into school on a weekly basis, to teach cello and violin to several small groups of pupils, from years 2-6.

Every term the children perform in a special concert, for the whole school, to which their mums and dads are invited - we always get a fantastic turn-out, and over time the standard of each performance has gotten better and better.

Here's a detailed report that Mrs Mapplebeck wrote recently, for one of our Newsletters:

All of our violin and cellists have been working really hard this term and having lots of fun with new musical techniques and songs.

In Year 2 we have been learning how to place and use three fingers on the violin, using the D and G string and counting rests. We have also been perfecting our long bows in a song called Sailing home and shorter bows in a Jazz piece called Manhattan Blues which everyone likes to have a good dance too! Keeping with the Dancing theme, year 3 have been learning a version of Offenbach’s ‘Can Can’ where the children have been developing their skills in reading music and new musical phrases.

The children can now recognise Italian musical words like forte which means loudly and pizzicato which tell us to pluck the string instead of using the bow. All of the boys and girls have really enjoyed this song and are excited to perform it; however they are being a little ambitious as they all want to do the dance moves as well!

Also moving on at a fast pace are also Year 4 and 5 who are showing great commitment and have moved up to their first ever grade 1 piece of music which is such a big achievement and they have certainly rose to the challenge.

Keeping on with the Grade 1 theme is year 6 who are full steam ahead in preparing for the first exam with the Royal School of Music. Their commitment and enthusiasm is wonderful to see and their repertoire is coming along nicely.

Our year 6 Cello groups are putting something special together and have been working on a piece called Barcarolle which has been split into two parts which means the group have to listen to each other playing and work to support one another.

In all, our young musicians continue to progress with enthusiasm and they are all looking forward to a our next performance which should, like always be a musical extravaganza as all our musicians continue to practice, and we all know ‘Practice makes perfect!’.