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How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-instrument-benefits-your-brain-anita-collins When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What's going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians' brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

Golden Apple 2017 - John Oates

Four Times Table (I am very able)

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Find the pulse, clap the rhythm, sing the chorus
and KS2, learn your 4 times tables!

Congratulations to Freya & Sophie for writing the winning song in the 2017 'Accent' Song Writing Competition.

National Youth Jazz Orchestra Visit October 2017

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NYJO Video Clip from Performance on Friday 6th October 2017

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Orchestra - October 2017

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Grade 1 Violin

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Golden Apple Time performed by orchestra - A Team

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Tell Me Where by Miriam

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This song was written and recorded by Miriam from Y6.

Promises by Erin

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Copyright 2015 Erin

Don't Betray Me by Aryan

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This song was written and recorded by Aryan from Y6. Backing vocals are by Aylish.

Spring and Summer - Miriam & Caitlin - 'Accent' Music Hub Song Writing Competition Winner 2016

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Copyright 2015 Miriam & Caitlin - Additional vocals by Takara.

Ocean Eyes by Adam

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This song was written and recorded by Adam from Y6.

'United' by Evie, Leah, Erin & Amelia

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Copyright 2015 - Evie, Leah, Erin & Amelia

Endless Summer by Aylish

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This song was written and recorded by Aylish.

Round In Circles by Fin

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Copyright 2016 Fin - Backing vocals by Amelia, Erin, Leah & Evie.

Holiday by Daniel

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Song written and recorded by Daniel from Y6.

Snowflake by Leen -

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Copyright 2016 Leen - Leen is playing the keyboard and singing. Erin plays some guitar and sings on the counter melody.

Spotlight - Leah & Jamelia

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Copyright 2015 Jamelia & Leah

Round In Circles - India & Morgan

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Copyright 2015 India & Morgan - Jack is playing the guitar and adding vocals with India & Morgan.

Look At Me Now - Evie & Leah

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Copyright 2014/16 Leah & Evie

Just Do It by Molly

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Song Writing Success

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Just Do It by Molly (Y4) - 'Accent' Music Hub Competition Winner 2016

This song was written by Molly about her Robinwood experience in year 4. Maanya, Erin and Tia also sing.

Westie Celebration Song - Part Orchestra January 2017

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This song is part of our weekly Celebration Assembly. It was recorded in
January 2017.

School Orchestra November 2016

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St. Elphin's After Concert Photo - 6/12/16

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Halliwell Jones After Concert Photo - 12/12/16

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Westvale House Care Home - 16/12/16

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Warrington Guardian Picture - October 2016

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'Thrown Away' Song Demo

This song was composed and written during 'Toy Day' on the last day of term December 2016.
A group of children were interested in writing a song so this is what we came up with.

Orchestra Rehearsal of 'Angry Earth' February 2017

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Orchestra rehearsal takes place on a Friday after school. This performance is
not perfect but shows how well the children work and perform together. Mr Yates
and Mr Hughes are also present in the video.

Recorder Club November 2016

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'Lipstick' sung by Glamorous

This song was written in spring 2014 and reached the final 10 of a national songwriting competition. Leah, Jamelia and Ella recorded this song.

Glamorous Band - Warrington Guardian Picture

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School Orchestra May 2016

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Warrington & Halton - Choir Competition Winners 2016 - Westbrook Old Hall KS2 Choir

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Back Stage Party by Black Masquerade

This original song was written, arranged and performed by Ella, Bana & Jessica.

First public performance at the Year 6 Variety Gala on 15th July 2015. The girls
are playing and singing.

Black Masquerade performing Back Stage Party (Photo)

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India from Year 6 sings at the Parr Hall in December 2014.

India sang 'Once In Royal David's City' as part of a performance of The Snowman
at the Parr Hall, Warrington. India sang at the start of the concert and was
accompanied by an orchestra.

Y6 Song Writing Workshop with Tricia McTeague

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Tricia McTeague visited Old Hall on Tuesday 24th May to deliver a song writing workshop to children from Y6.

 

Tricia has performed with Ronan Keating, Lionel Ritchie and Elton John. She is also a songwriter and has had one of her songs go Platinum in Japan and another reached number 4 in the UK dance chart. 

 

Tricia explained her song writing process to the children and gave advice as to how to present songs when performing.

Promises performed by Erin in London on Sunday 12th June 2016 - The Song Academy Competition

This is a recording of Erin's performance of her song 'Promises'. Erin had a rehearsal with the band in the morning before performing in front of a large crowd in the afternoon. This sound recording was made by Erin's parents during the performance.

Warrington Guardian Article

 

Young songwriter wins praise from top popstars

Erin Jordan was a runner up in the national songwriter of the year competition.

Erin Jordan was a runner up in the national songwriter of the year competition.

 

AN 11-year-old songwriter who performed alongside pop star Rumer at the weekend says her music is inspired by ‘personal experiences’.

Erin Jordan, from Chapelford, was a runner up in the national young songwriter of the year competition with her track Promises.

The song was praised by the judges including singer Tom Odell, who said: “Heartbreaking. 

“This is really strong. Simple and moving.”

 

She also won praise from Starsailor front man James Walsh and singer songwriter Rumer who added: “Very catchy song, great melody. Simple idea, but very effective!”

The Westbrook Old Hall Primary School pupil was invited to perform at Westfield in London on stage with singer-songwriter Rumer on Sunday.

 

She said: “I haven’t really performed on a stage before so it was really exciting.

“I got the idea for my song Promises after my friend told me someone had broken a promise somebody made to her but I get most of my inspiration from my personal experiences.

“I was so excited that the judges liked my song and the comments they made about it were great.”

Erin’s mum Ruth said she is very thankful to Erin’s music teacher at her primary school John Oates who encouraged pupils to enter the competition.

She said: “Mr Oates has been really generous with his time and he even came to London to watch Erin perform.

“The school has been brilliant at giving her access to music and recording equipment and Mr Oates helped her record the track for the competition.

“He organised a songwriter to come in and teach year six about writing music.”

Ruth said Erin started playing the guitar three years ago and has been taking her songwriting seriously for the past year.

Erin, who has a nine-year-old brother called Daniel, says her favourite pop stars are Sabrina Carpenter and Taylor Swift, because they play different instruments and write their own songs.

Ruth said: “We took her to see Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour for her birthday and she was such an inspiration to Erin.

“Her grandfather was very musical so maybe that’s where she gets it from – we are just so proud of her.”

Another song, called United, which was recorded by Erin and her friends Evelyn, Leah and Amelia was highly commended by the judges.

Erin performing 'Promises' in London on 12th June. The Song Academy Competition 2016

Year 4 Sing 'Victorian Historian' during Friday assembly - Feb 2016

The children can be heard singing and playing tuned percussion.

Erin's Song Idea - Garage Band - Feb. 2016

Erin has edited her chords and created a good sequence. She has also
added two vocal parts.

Rainforest - Y5 - Assembly Performance Nov. 2015

This was a performance of class work. The children rehearsed for 10 minutes before
the performance on Friday.

Alain - Garage Band Sequence

Alaine has created a chord sequence and added a melodic part over the top. 2016

Battle Of Britain - Y6 Performance

This song was performed in October 2015 by Y6. They are playing a variety
of instruments and a few children are improvising vocal phrases over the melody.

Saman & Alex - Battle Of Britain

The boys have recorded the chord sequence and ostinato part.
Saman has then recorded the vocal. Oct. 2015

Huron Carol - Rehearsal - KS2 Children - Dec. 2015

Garage Band - Battle Of Britain by Erin & Evie

These two year six children have used 9 tracks to develop this song.
You can hear 4 vocal tracks - one vocal track is an improvisation.
The remaining tracks are for the instruments.

School Orchestra June 2015

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Best Summer Ever by Molly & Leen in Y5

Goodbye Old Hall

This song was performed by Jamelia & Jack at their leavers' assembly on 21st July.
It was written by Jamelia, Jack, Megan & Josh during their music lessons.

Lullaby For Everyone by Miriam & Caitlin from Y4

The Tide Is Turning - A song written by Ella in Y6

Ella composed this song as part of our songwriting unit within Y6 music lessons. April 2015.
It was recorded on an iPad within the classroom. Ella is singing and playing the guitar.

May Our School - Westbrook Old Hall school prayer

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What's On The Menu, Mr Fox? Year 4 Performance 2014

Performed by Year 4 in 2014 as part of their class assembly. (J.Oates)

Daniel's French Song - Y4

Daniel created this song as part of his french lessons. Daniel was given a prize for creating this song.

Year 3 Assembly Song Clip 2014

Oats and Beans, Yum Yum Yum - performed by year 3 in 2014.
The verses describe the process of digestion. (J.Oates)

World Book Day Song - 'Books'

This song has been written for World Book Day by Leah, Jamelia and Alisha from Year 6. March 2015


Garage Band Audio by Daniel

In Year 4 the children created a short sound sequence using
the iPads. Daniel was able to add three vocal parts to his work. Listen
to how he blends them together.

Hear more Garage Band work from Year 4 in the Year 4 folder below.

Year 6 Child Playing the Piano.

Avinaash from Y6 has passed his grade 4 piano. This is one of his grade pieces recorded by Mr Oates and is called March in E flat.