Year 5

Summer 2021

2nd half term

Camden Youth
Recorder Group

Lunchtime Recorder addicts!

Sign up for Camden Music's exciting recorder project next term!
Please get your parents to read this with you: 

here for the online application form.

This week 5th July



Extra brass session
Mondays 8:15 AM
Just come along
It's the best time of the week!!

 Everything else so far 

1. Playing C and G (trumpets: no valves / trombones: 1st position)

2. 'Chromatic Pattern' - going down in small steps - click here and here
    Try starting it on C and then G

3. 'First Five Notes' (C D E F G) - click here

4. 'C Jam Blues' - click here 
New tune: 'Saint Thomas' 
* Beginner trumpets and trombones - click here
* Expert trumpets - click here
* Expert t
rombones - click here


(we haven't started this yet, but have a look - it's fun to play!)

Remember to warm up before you start: Breath - Buzz - Mouthpiece
Some videos to help you -  click here
Check list:
- stand still 
- check your hand position
- don't blow your cheeks out
- use your tongue
- rest as much as you play


Here's the 'Online Drum Machine' we've been using in the lessons:
One motion drum machine.png
Try it at home! - it works on all devices.


We started learning 'Ronde'.  Extra help here.
Parts and demos for treble, tenor & bass here

We've also been playing some old tunes:
- Funky Freda (click)
- Raga (click)
- Titanic (click)
New notes and tunes we're playing at the moment:
You could print our the PDFs if you can't always get on the internet
   - B flat click here / high F click here C sharp click here
   - All Blues   videos here / in book 2 / PDF
   - EastEnders   videos here / in book 2 / PDF
   - Greensleeves   videos here / PDF
   - Month of Maying   videos here / PDF
  Here's the music for the new version of Pray the Rain to Fall:
Pray the Rain - demo(in D minor)
00:00 / 01:22

This is just once through. You can either play the tune, along with the singing, or the extra bits on the 2nd page.

Old things / Easy things!

Extra help with London's Burning, Funky Freda and Raga here

The Month of Maying

A tune with C sharps (here) and C naturals.
Watch the play-along video first:
If you want to start practicing it, open the PDF
Here's a version for 5 recorders: descant, treble, tenor, bass and great bass.
Now is the Month of MayingQuintet version
00:00 / 02:18
and some singing versions:
C# rec.png

C sharp (C#)

Fingers 1 and 2, no thumb.

Like an A without the thumb on.

It's in between C and D.

Higher than C, but lower than D.
It's also sometimes called D flat (Db) 

C# tab.png

Looks like this:


Sounds like this:

C# ks.png

When there are two sharps in the key signature, all the Fs and Cs are sharps.

Try these exercises:
A tet.png
And a D major scale
D maj scale.png


New note: High F

On the

top line 

1. High F trans.png
- Finger a low F natural
- Take your little finger off
- Bend your thumb

Looks like this:

High F.png

Thumb bent

like high E

Like low F, but

no little finger

Sounds like this:

Some exercises and an F major scale here
Here's EastEnders, the last tune in Book 2 (click here).
Two videos to help you learn it below.
Do the lesson first, then practice it slowly, line by line (it'll be tricky to start with). Then try it with the 'Play along'.
This is Charlotte Barbour-Candini playing a treble recorder in the final of
BBC Young Musician 2012. This is one of the hardest recorder pieces ever (even harder than EastEnders!) She was only 6 years older than you then.
Some theory
The notes
New note: B flat

2. Watch these brass videos. Do you want to play the trumpet or the trombone?

3. Listen to some of the music composed by 6Y in Bandlab last term - click here
    You all have a log in and can use it whenever you want to. More help here.
    Username is: (your first name, no capitals)
          Password: yearfive

Anis & Violette

4. Lip slurs here (every day!)


Mouthpiece buzzing to start here
1. Warm-ups here 
2. 'Trumpet Tune and Air'
3. Il estoit une fillette
4. Lip slurs here
5. Bare Necessities
6. Top parts for beginner group
7. Exam pieces:
- A Knight's Tale 
- Waltz for E - keeping the pulse, don't speed up and slow down!
- Puppet's Dance 
- Strollin'


Try to find the time to do some regular practice.
Remember: the more you do, the better you get!
You don't have to do lots - just 15 minutes a day is plenty.
The important thing is to try to do it
every day!

Please read this with a parent or other grown-up now!
All the tunes you need, with demos and backing tracks are here:
Just click on the button
Start from the beginning and work at your own speed.
Play a tune you know well, then try something a bit harder.
 EastEnders is still the goal for most of you!
If you only came to Brecknock in Year 5 and want to catch up, go to the Year 4 page (here).
They only started this year too

Music Tech


Brecknock Bandlab

Bandlab logo.png
Website address:
Username:(your first name, no capitals)
Full log in instructions here or watch the video:
Once you've opened an 'assignment' you can take the 'personal project' option and compose something of your own - I'd love to hear it!
Watch this video to remind yourself about the basic controls.

Go full size,

the writing's quite small

There's a 'Basic Controls' assignment in your BandLab 'classroom'.
Have a go yourself.
I'll be adding more assignments soon.

Singing & Choir

Lots of you were in the choir last year and sang brilliantly at the Royal Albert Hall in March.
Here are some reminders:
Normally, we'd be practising for the Primary Singing Festival.
It can't happen this year, so Camden Music are organising a 'Zoomival' instead!
There are four songs to learn:  
click here
Have a listen and see whether you'd like to join in.
More songs to learn, just for fun, here
Have you watched everyone's Christmas videos yet?
They're here


Watch these trumpet and trombone videos and have a think about which you'd like to try when we get back to school