Prep 3 – Monday, Jazmine
We started this week with a new game, “Who Stole The Cookie Jar” – a great way to focus our minds on rhythm, beat keeping, and remembering each other’s names! Then we dove straight into warm ups, and had a blast singing “Gimme One” in Hindi, Hebrew, and Spanish. I’m looking forward to learning how to count to three in other languages next week!
Next we started a new piece, “There Has To Be A Song”. This will be the closing piece that all singers will sing together at the All Choir Concert in May, so it’s very important that we sing it well! Then we reviewed “I Am” in two part harmony, and I was delighted with how well the singers have been able to accomplish this challenging task in just a few weeks!
We paused for a dance break and practiced “Irish Washer Woman” which is a wonderful dance to reinforce beat keeping and A-B form. We’ve got another week to hopefully master the challenging “touch-touch-pass” part.
Then we ended rehearsal by learning more of “We Can Plant A Forrest”. We now have almost the entire song learned!
Next week we’ll be continuing to work on harmony for the pieces we have, and hopefully will start another new one! Thank you for all of your hard work, both at home, and in rehearsal, and I’ll see you next Monday!
Prep 3 – Tuesday, Amy
It was great to have two weeks of rehearsal in a row! This week we continued our work on fluency with solfege syllables by deriving the solfege for a folk song we learned last week, “Paw Paw Patch.” We will take this a step further next week by notating on the staff together.
We started working on a Zulu piece called “Thula Klizeo“. This piece has a really fun body percussion section that we enjoyed learning and practicing. The singers did a great job learning the Zulu text and following along in their music.
We continued to work on “I Am” and “Fly Away Horse” this week. The singers are doing a great job singing in two parts. I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing these pieces become more and more performance ready. We’ll be memorizing “I Am” in the next few weeks, so please encourage your singer to review this at home.
Also, next week, singers will be turning in the music theory packets they received last week. They will also be receiving their actual books next week as well as a schedule of assignments and due dates.
We ended our class this week with the song and clapping game, “Four White Horses.” The singers had a blast playing this game!