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Song of the Week

Song of the Week

 

​​​​​​​If you’re looking for a range of great songs from all around the world, you’ve come to the right place!

 

This page will be updated with a variety of songs of different styles and genres. Why not listen to something new today?

 

Scroll down to find the song for this week!

SMSC - Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development 

 

Music is a great tool for people of all ages to explore and expand their spiritual and cultural development.

 

Children’s Spiritual development is shown by their:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and perspective on life
  • knowledge of, and respect for, different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • willingness to reflect on their experiences

 

At Vigo, when children listen to music, we encourage them to consider how it makes them feel but also respect how it may make other people feel. Children should be open to using their imagination and show creativity when listening to and responding to music. We aim to foster in our children a willingness to share (in whatever way is comfortable for them) their own opinions and response to music. 

 

 Children’s cultural development is shown by their: 

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures in the school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • ability to recognise, and value, the things we share in common across cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic communities
  • willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept and respect diversity. This is shown by their respect and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities

 

At Vigo, we hope that our children will be children who grow to appreciate the backgrounds of performers and a variety of musical styles. They will learn to appreciate the influences from countries around the world on music we have in the UK today. We encourage them to show respect and understanding to each other’s heritages, backgrounds and musical preferences. Music should ultimately bring people together, not separate them.

 

(https://www.smscqualitymark.org.uk/what-is-smsc/)

2/11/20 BBC Planet Earth - Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros

ICELAND - Sigur Ros is an Icelandic band whose music is often very calming to listen to. How does it make you feel? Do you think the music matches the video of places around the world?

Fun fact about this band: Iceland Class in Year 1 love listening to Sigur Ros while they do their learning in the classroom.

9/11/20 Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Wiyathul

AUSTRALIA - This song is performed in a language called Yolŋu by an Aborigini artist who is blind. This doesn’t stop him playing his guitar and singing this beautiful song.

16/11/20 Imen Siar: Sings Lauren Daigle's You Say With An Arabic Taste To It!| Britain's Got Talent 2020

UK - Imen Siar is a Muslim singer from the UK who made it through to the Semi-finals on Britain’s Got Talent 2020. Imen sings this song partly in English and partly in Arabic, her home language.
The song she sings is called ‘You Say’ and was written by a Christian singer songwriter called Lauren Daigle. The reason Lauren wrote this song was because she felt the world is full of negative voices from other people, and sometimes ourselves, telling us we are not good enough. Her Christian faith led her to sing about what she believes that God says about her, which she felt was more important than anything the world could say.

23/11/20 Canon in D (Pachelbel's Canon) - Cello & Piano

GERMANY - This is a classical music piece composed by a German composer called Johann Pachelbel. It is commonly played at weddings and you may have heard it before! When you listen, you might notice the repeating tunes played by the piano and cello.

This music makes me feel calm - I wonder how it makes you feel?

30/11/20 This is Me - Sign Along With Us

UK - You may have seen this video if you watched Britain’s Got Talent this year. This song is called ‘This is Me’ from the film The Greatest Showman and is signed in Makaton by a group called Sign Along With Us.
See if you can join in with some of the Makaton!

7/12/20 Kenyan Boys Choir - Jambo Bwana

KENYA - A choir singing a song called Jambo Bwana. The lyrics are a conversation between two people and roughly translate as, “Hello sir, how are you? I’m well thanks. Visitors are welcome to Kenya. No worries!”

Fun fact about this song: Miss Forrest was taught this song when she visited Kenya in 2016.

14/12/20 Company B UK - Last Christmas

AMERICA - This song is performed by ‘Company B - UK’, a group of singers formed on the Isle of Wight in the UK. However, the group and style of music is influenced by Swing/Boogie-Woogie trio The Andrews Sisters who were active from 1925-1967 in Minnesota, America.

Fun fact about this group: Miss Forrest went to school with the members of Company B - UK!

4/1/21 - Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles

The Beatles is arguably one of the greatest British bands of all time. The members of the rock group are John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.
'Here Comes the Sun' was part of their famous album 'Abbey Road' which was released in 1969.

It feels like this song is a positive reminder that, even after a 'dark season', hope is alive and it will get better! This is just what we need to remember at the start of 2021.

11/1/21 - Dave Brubeck - Take Five

This style of music is called jazz. This well known song is from 1959 and was composed (written) by a saxophonist called Paul Desmond. It is performed by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. You will hear the saxophone playing the melody (main tune) and the drum playing the beat. You might find it hard to tap the pulse/rhythm of this song as it is in an unusual time signature called 5/4. This is where it gets its name 'Take Five'.

18/1/21 - Over The Rainbow - Eva Cassidy

You might recognise this song from the film The Wizard of Oz, for which it was written in 1939. Many people have recorded a cover of this well known song. Eva Cassidy was known as a soprano singer which means she had a high pitched singing voice.

Soprano - high pitched voice
Alto - medium pitched voice
Tenor - low pitched voice
Bass - very low pitched voice

At home, have a go singing your favourite song and see if you can work out what kind of singing voice you have!

25/1/21 - Für Elise/ For Elise - Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven lived from 1770-1827 and was a famous composer who played the piano. This style of music is known as 'classical'. Many people say it is a good style of music to study to. This song is called "For Elise" so the purpose of him writing this song was to share his feelings about someone he cared about. One of the many purposes of music is to share or process your feelings.

If you look below, you will see the sheet music for Für Elise. Just like you write words with pen on paper, you can also write music with pen on paper like in this picture by drawing ertain symbols. When you learn how to read music - just like learning how to read words - you will be able to play the right note based on the symbol on the paper. This is how musicians all over the world play the same piece of music. Reading music is like a different language that is the same for everyone no matter what language they speak.

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