Greetings, Prep 2 Families,
Thank you for another great week of music-making! Emily, Jazmine, and I are all having so much fun getting to know your kids, and are so impressed by their musical progress and enthusiasm for singing. Please continue to use the information below to reinforce practice and vocal development at home.
From Katie (Monday and Tuesday) and Jazmine (5:00 Thursday):
- We welcomed one another with a new partner dance, “Me and You,” which the kids really enjoyed, allowing them to greet several new partners in the room and show their awesome skills in highly rhythmic clapping, patting, and dancing!
- The children all sang solos in the African-American, Call and Response song, Telephone Song. They are all sounding strong and confident in their singing, and this song is becoming a rehearsal favorite! Please have your child teach it to you this week!
- The children took turns leading our vocal warm-ups in lots of exciting ways, including the Tuning Tree, Under the Sea Vocal Explorations, and Mama Made Me Mash My M and M’s.
- We learned a fun new canon, Rooster in the Stew. The children created fun movements for each phrase, and next week we will sing this song in 2-part harmony!
- We started a new concert song, Kokoleoko, which is about a rooster from Liberia! The children had a great time learning this lively song, understanding its playful message and they did a great job tracking their way through the 2-part score. Please have your child listen to and review this song this week.
- We reviewed rhythmic and melodic features of A Great Big Sea. The children are now singing the whole song, but should review the lyrics while listening at home this week.
- We also reviewed the rhythm and solfege for Manx Lullaby – and we discussed the important dynamics needed to make this a true lullaby. The singers should continue reviewing this song at home.
- We worked on our tahs, titis, tiritiris, quarter note rests with the rhythm dice and sticks, and sang through some homework sheets, which we will revist on the xylophones next week.
- We had a blast playing El Capitan, and a new game from African-American origins, Draw Me a Bucket of Water – if you have four people at home, have your child teach you this song and game!
From Emily (3:45 Thursday):