Music

 Music 2014/2015

Thanks to Parent council, we have 8 new guitars and two more on the way that the school is purchasing. Thanks to Ms. Adarna for allowing us to use her guitar. We also have 10 Djembe drums.

A new page was created titled Bellotto Music Theory. This page is very useful for students who want a better understanding of how music works and to extend learning music at home.

Thanks to all the parents, staff, and students that were able to contribute their time for this years concert. Check back here for updates from time to time.

Mr. Bellotto’s focus for the Junior Choir is to perform both in and outside our community. Mr. Bellotto renames the Junior Choir to Tumpane Choir to allow some grade 3’s to participate in both primary age groups and junior age groups.

The focus of the music program is to provide as many vocal and instrumental opportunities to perform in class. Students are learning by choral method techniques to sing and read music by sight. Students rotate between 3 learning centres vocal singing, Orff non pitched percussion playing, and Orff pitched percussion playing to learn songs. By actively learning a song this way, student focus improves dramatically. Students have responded positively to learning in this way.  Steps to purchase more instruments for students are in the works. Click on the link below to see a youtube video on how playing an instrument helps the brain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0JKCYZ8hng

Mr. Bellotto greatly aknowledges parent council, parents, students, administation, and staff for the ongoing support of music initiatives in our school by Mr. Bellotto.

2014 Winter Concert Songs

This is a selection of some songs that you will hear at the Winter Concert at Downsview SS on Thursday December 4th starting at 7pm.

I LIKE CAKE (BUT I GOT BEETS) by M. Bellotto

I like cake, any kind that you can make for me

Add a lot of sugared caramel toffee

Triple layered chocolate, filled with buttered cream

If my mouth’s too small then serve it in my dream

I like cake, any kind that you can make for me

Bury it in cherries and the best ice cream

But what I want I’ll never get though there are many treats

I’m always getting broccoli some tofu and some

Beets, beets, beat-a-beet beets (2X)

 

I like cake, any kind that you can make for me

I would eat the candles if they were candy

Numbers 1 to 10, sparkles for my friends

Dripping with some sugar, melting at the ends

I like cake, any kind that you can make for me

If I were a baker my cakes would be for free

But what I want I’ll never get though there are many treats

I’m always getting broccoli some tofu and some

Beets, beets, beat-a-beet beets (2X)

 

© 2005 Mauro Bellotto

 

 

The Garden Gnome         By Mauro Bellotto

There’s a gnome; a garden gnome that has a home out by a garden.

All alone this garden gnome does carry on its heavy burden.

Seeded plot or flower pot a mushroom ought to have some comfort.

Not a tear, will persevere; this pioneer of holiday support.

La la la, la la la, la la la, la la la la la.

La la la, la la la, la la la, la la la la la.

 

When you’re down you wear a frown. The saddest clown would seem so happy.

Just a look is just the hook to write a book. That makes you savvy.

Any test you’ve tried the best, it will suggest studying harder.

Take to heart, a work of art, the gnome so smart, perennial father.

La la la, la la la, la la la, la la la la la.

La la la, la la la, la la la, la la la la la.

 

All alone, the garden gnome; outside your home, it stands so true.

Bearded friend, until the end, it will defend, it’s there for you.

 

Made of clay, it seems cliché that every day is like another.

Windy day or cloudy grey the gnome will stay there like no other

Through and through in red and blue it will be true around your family

Bird or mouse, natures spouse protects your house, very happily

La la la, la la la, la la la, la la la la la.

La la la, la la la, la la la, la la la la la.

(c) Sep 13, 2014 M Bellotto

 

 

 

It Is Snowing Snow                         by Mauro Bellotto

 

There’s a bear somewhere in a mighty deep wood; beware, if ever you could.

If ever you endeavor to be scared for good; prepare, whenever you should.

 

All winter long in cozy slumber,

It dreams a song; a peaceful number.

It is snowing, snowing; snowing snow.

 

There’s a bird in a tree on a mighty high hill; coward? Be very, very still.

It’s an owl that is fowl with a powerful bill. Be still, or hear it shrill.

 

When winter comes, it leaves a feather.

It sheds a tear, in chilly weather.

It is snowing, snowing; snowing snow.

 

On a night when the light from the moon is bright, hold tight to avoid a bite.

For a wolf in a den will offend and fight; defend, but be polite.

 

The winter moon; night clouds will cover.

A cub will sleep and dream of mother.

It is snowing, snowing; snowing snow.

 

2013 Winter Concert Songs

Listen Now:

We Are Free

We Are Free – by Mauro Bellotto
Winter snowflakes falling softly,
falling on the trees above me,
singing, serenading “we are free.”
“We are free, we are free!
“We are happy, we are free;
When you see us you will know that we are free.”
So, evidently falling isn’t so sad
when there’s someone that can
save me when I need a helping hand
“We are free, we are free!
“We are happy, we are free;
When you see us you will know that we are free.”
(recorders)

(Bridge)
I may fall,
though you are all
I need to save the day.
Worlds away,
for you I’d say
a wish for everyday
“We are free, we are free!
“We are happy, we are free;
When you see us you will know that we are free.
When you see us you will know that we are free.

Click here to listen to La Sonata Buffa, by M. Bellotto. (MP3)

Click to listen to Dancing With Santa, by M. Bellotto. (MP3)

Click here to listen to the Tumpane Anthem, Composed by M. Bellotto (MP3)

Click here to listen to the Tumpane Anthem,Composed by M. Bellotto  (Live version, MP3)

The School Song: Students are actively engaged in a variety of music activities from singing to instrument performance.

Kindergarden students sing the Tumpane Anthem, solfege scale (i.e., do, re, me, fa, so, la, ti do’), nursery songs, and well known children songs. We are learning to move, sing, dance, and dramatize.

The primary grades began the year learning focused on singing and rhythm reading. Grades 1 to 3 are focused now on learning three songs for the Winter Concert. The three songs are “Over The Rainbow” by Arlen and Harburg, “Dancing With Santa” by M. Bellotto, and “La Sonata Buffa also by M. Bellotto. You can find the lyrics and mp3’s in the concert tab of this website.

The following sums up why I choose these songs for the primary grades;
1. Over the Rainbow – This song was ranked as the greatest movie song of all time by A.F.I and number 1 on “Songs of the Century” by R.I.A.A. and the National Endowment for the Arts. This song is ranked number 1 as the top song of the last century. I’m using the song to address issues of bullying and how to communicate when there is a problem (i.e., Aunt Em tells Dorthy, “find yourself a place where you won’t get into any trouble”).

2. Dancing With Santa – I wrote a seasonal song that encourages children to accept that their parent/guardian or parents/guardians care a great deal for them. Both characters dancing metaphysically represents two adults coming together to express their joy. Sometimes a parent/guardian is not able to be there show how they care. The hope is that they are there in spirit.

3. La Sonata Buffa- I wrote this song that pokes fun at how children make excuses. It talks about a variety of celebrations throughout the year that children are aware of, participate in, or are discouraged from engaging in. It doesn’t support or negate a religious bias but recognizes that there are many celebrations. There are actions and sayings in the song that engage children. I also use this song to draw a connections to Opera and Opera Buffa.

Grade 4 students are working on learning to read music notation. Grade 5 students are learning about the major scale and how to design and make a string instrument us. At the start of the year, we explored playing simple songs and backgrounds on Orff instruments (i.e., drums, xylophones, metallophones, triangles, etc). Some juniors have showed an interest in learning to play the guitar so I started a guitar club on Mondays.

 

Tumpane Anthem

When the morning sun rises

The day has just begun

We’ll arrive safe and sound then

Where learning is so fun

It is fantastic, math and music

And the languages we speak

We’ll remember from September

Building friendships week by week

Tumpane is our school

Tumpane our hearts rule

T.U.M.P.A.N.E

Tumpane stands for me

© September 2000 M. Bellotto

 

(French Version)

Quand le soleil se lève,
On commence la journée
On arrive à l’école,
Pour apprendre et s’amuser
La lecture, L’écriture,
En anglais et en français
Dès septembre,
Tous ensemble,
On inspire le respect
Tumpane, notre école,
J’aime mon école
T-U-M-P-A-N-E
Tumpane, c’est pour moi!
Junior Choir parts
The first vocal part, is the melody sung by the soprano
The second vocal part, is the middle harmony sung by the first alto
The third vocal part, is the lower harmony sung by the second alto
The following is all parts combined mixed some piano playing block chords