Wednesday, 27 April 2011

The Last Music Room

From the crowded desk of Mark Leehy, Publisher at Bushfire Press

Hi All

It sure has been a busy term 1 for us here at Bushfire Press. We have been recording and filming material for Music Room book 7 – upper primary. This is the final instalment in the series and has been the hardest but most rewarding level of the program. It was so important to keep up the standard and to keep up the level of student engagement – which, as you know, is trickier with senior primary students. So we retained the services of some wonderful and outstanding experts. The result is a fabulous set of units:

  • Rhythm & Rhyme - rap & hip hop rhythms & rhyming loops, turnarounds, chords,
  • Body & Beat - rhythm, movement & choreography, body percussion, found objects
  • Words & Music - generating lyrics, making melodies, using tempo, creating songs, grooves & colours
  • Fun ‘n’ Games - a cracker of an ending to the program, with musical puzzles, musical art, listening & singing games, moving games, musical parlour games, battle of the bands … and a class party!

    As usual there are 4 audio CDs of music (one per unit) and over an hour of DVD footage – including a premier hip hop crew, an introduction to gumleaf and didgeridu from Gunnai Man (and recent ‘Spicks & Specks’ guest) Wayne Thorpe, the art of beatboxing demystified by vocal gymnast Mal Webb … and a host of dance steps, theory and playing techniques.

    We'll keep you posted as we get into production.

    See you next time

    Mark Leehy
    Publisher, Bushfire Press
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