Jazmine Harnishfeger-Brand


To help you practice for our upcoming concerts and recitals, please use the following tracks:

Prep 3 – Monday, Jazmine

We had another great week in Prep 3!  Before we dive into our review, I wanted to say a quick note about our upcoming rehearsals.  Some of you (singers and families) may have noticed that we’ve been focusing almost solely on learning repertoire.  Because Prep 3 has such talented and hardworking singers this year, we’ve given them a lot of performance time at the All Choir Concert, We Are A Circle.  The flip side of that is that we will continue to spend the vast majority of the remaining rehearsal time focusing on learning and polishing performance pieces (as opposed to learning dances, rounds, or other more traditional Cantabile activities).  Please know that while I wholeheartedly wish that we had enough time to do the activities that both the singers and I love so much, I believe that my first priority is making sure that they are prepared to have a successful concert and recital experience.  I don’t want a single singer to walk up on stage not feeling like they are completely ready to deliver their best.

That being said, we started this week by reviewing our welcome song, “Fenga Alafa” and having different students lead on the instruments.  After some fun warm ups, we sang through “We Are A Circle” – please review these words at home, as we will sing this by memory at the concert.  You can listen to a professional recording here.  (Please keep in mind that this recording has harmony on it, and Prep 3 will only be singing the main melody throughout the song.)

Next we started a fun new piece called “The Secret”.  This will be the solo piece that Prep 3 sings by themselves at the concert.  Please spend some time this week reviewing the words to the song, as we will be starting to learn the harmony next week.  

Then we continued by reviewing the form to “Thula Kliezo”.  You can see our analysis in the photo below!  I was very proud of the students ability to track and analyze what was going on in the piece.  As a challenge this week, see if you can sing it from memory just from the photo!

We continued our journey into new music, by starting “Can You Hear Me”.  We will ONLY be singing the refrains on this piece, and Intermediate will be singing the verses.  Prep 3 Monday will be singing Part 1, and Prep 3 Tuesday will sing Part 2.  Please see recordings above!

Finally, we finished by reviewing our harmony to “Fly Away Horse”.  This will be sung at our recital, so it very important that the singers review their music at home and begin to memorize the words and the form.  


Prep 3 – Tuesday, Amy

Prep 3 singers had a very productive rehearsal this week.  First of all, I saw a huge improvement in focus and staying on task this week, This allowed us to get through a lot of music and do some really nice singing!  We began our class with a new singing game called “On a Mountain.” In this game, singers take turns singing a short solo line. It was wonderful to hear so many solo voices this week! We went on to talk about the dotted sixteenth note rhythms in this piece and notate the rhythm,

This week we started working on the Prep 3 solo piece for our end of the year concert, it’s called “The Secret.” Singers very quickly picked up this new piece and are doing a great job singing in two parts. We continued to work on “I Am” and are just about memorized on this piece. We started a new piece, “There has to be a Song,” that we’ll be singing with all of the other choirs at the concert, too.  Finally, we finished learning the piece “The Fly Away Horse.”

April 1, 2017

Prep 3 Blog #7 Week of March 27, 2017

ALL SINGERS To help you practice for our upcoming concerts and recitals, please use the following tracks: Thula Klizeo – Part 1 Thula Klizeo – Part 2 Fly Away Horse – Part 1 Fly Away Horse – Part 2 I Am – Part 1 I Am – Part 2 Can You Hear Me – Part 1 (Monday Prep 3 only) […]
March 31, 2017

Rehearsal #12/March 29th, 2017

Dear Ensemble, We had another beautiful night of music making on Wednesday.  You are making good progress toward our All Choir Concert in May, and we acknowledge the hard work you have invested so far.  Please keep up the deep practice at home, focusing on the areas outlined in each song below.  There is still much work to be done! […]
March 25, 2017

Rehearsal #11/March 22nd, 2017

  Dear Ensemble, Thank you for the excellent music making and the great spirit you brought into the rehearsal last Wednesday.  It was inspiring to see “Shine On Me” come together so beautifully and powerful as you truly gave yourselves to the music and the heartfelt message of the song.  Let’s keep that going in our weeks to come! Action […]
March 25, 2017

Prep 3 Blog #6 Week of March 20, 2017

Prep 3 –  Monday, Jazmine We had another great week in Prep 3!  We started this week by learning a new welcome song, “Fenga Alafa”.  In addition to learning the melody, the words, and the dance movements, we also learned the fun body percussion parts as well.  We had fun echoing them back on instruments, and will continue to have […]
March 25, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #6 Week of March 20, 2017

Prep 2 –  Tuesday, Amy We had a fun and productive rehearsal this week! We learned a new song and dance “Bow, Wow, Wow.” After dancing for a bit, we figured out the rhythm of the song and sang it on rhythm syllables. Next week, we’ll work on putting the notes and rhythm on the staff. We reviewed our performance […]
March 25, 2017

Prep 1 Blog #6 Week of March 20, 2017

Prep 1 –  Tuesday, Jazmine It was another wonderful Tuesday full of music making at Cantabile!  We started this week by working on our “inner listening” skills with the song “Little Peter Rabbit”.  By removing words phrase by phrase, this is a great exercise for internalizing a piece and being able to ‘hear it’ inside without singing it ‘outside’.   […]
March 11, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #4 Week of March 6, 2017

Prep 2 Tuesday – Amy It was so wonderful to have two weeks of rehearsal in a row! This week we continued our rhythm review and played a fun “class vs. teacher” style game called Poison Rhythm. I’m proud to say that the singers beat me! We started working on a Zulu piece called “Thula Klizeo“.  This piece has a […]
March 11, 2017

Prep 1 Blog #4 Week of March 6, 2017

Prep 1 –  Tuesday, Jazmine We had another wonderful week in class together!  We started off by learning a new welcome song “Buenos Dias” and its accompanying partner dance.  Then we reinforced independent singing (on “sol” and “mi”) with “Hickety Tickety Bumble Bee”.  After some scarf sound warm ups, and “I love to sing and play” for our warm ups, […]