Jazmine Harnishfeger-Brand

Prep 2 Tuesday – Amy

Hello Prep 2 Families! We had a fun rehearsal singing Valentine’s songs and digging in to more of our choral repertoire.  

We played a fun game, “Heel, Toe, On the Line,” where we danced with partners and explored the words “yes and no” in a few different languages. We also sang a song about missing valentines in the mail and took turns doing some rhythm reading.

We spent some time focusing on our vowel sounds for singing and reviewing solfege syllables (do, re, mi, sol, la and high do).

We started working on the piece “I Am,” which we will perform with Prep 3. It’s a lovely piece about the beauty found in nature.

We continued to work on the piece “Fairest Lady,” which includes a variation of the folk song “London Bridge.” Ask your singer to sing both the traditional version of “London Bridge” and the variation found in the piece!

We ended our class on the folk song and dance “Grand Old Duke of York.” Verse three of this song is “A-Hunting We Will Go.” We had fun coming up with different rhymes such as “we’ll catch a crow and put him in a bow” and “we’ll catch the mice and put them in the dice.”  Very creative!

I hope everyone enjoys this next week off – and I look forward to seeing you on the 28th.

 

Prep 2 Thursday – Emily

Week 2 of Prep 2 was just as fun as Week 1!  REMINDER: There will be no class next week, as many schools have that week off.  I will see you again Thursday, March 2.

We started our class by doing the circle dance Down in the Valley, where children make up movements.

We did our warm ups, which help the children learn to use the full range of their voices.

We did the dance Dance Josey to review tiri tiri (16th notes).  The children derived the rhythm of the song, and we put it on the board.

We played I Hear the Mill Wheel, and listened for the tiri tiri within the song.  The children had no trouble identifying where it was.

We sang our round about Hot Chocolate:  Chocolate Chaud.  While I kept getting mixed-up with the round, the children figured it out for themselves and did a great job!  

Finally, we started learning the dance for Great Big House in New Orleans. This dance is quite complex for these kids, but they will certainly get it in time.  We derived the melody of this pentatonic song, and we put the notes on the tone ladder and then on the staff.  I sent the children home with a worksheet to fill in.  This worksheet may be too difficult for some children, and that is okay.  Have them bring it back next week and we will work on it together.

We finished the class with a quick game of Hunt the Cows after lots and lots of hard thinking!

Thank you and I’ll see in in 2 weeks!

February 18, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #2 Week of February 13, 2017

Prep 2 Tuesday – Amy Hello Prep 2 Families! We had a fun rehearsal singing Valentine’s songs and digging in to more of our choral repertoire.   We played a fun game, “Heel, Toe, On the Line,” where we danced with partners and explored the words “yes and no” in a few different languages. We also sang a song about […]
February 18, 2017

Prep 3 Blog #2 Week of February 13th

Monday Prep 3 – Jazmine We had another wonderful week in Prep 3!  We started off our rehearsal with a fun name game, reinforcing the difference between the steady beat and rhythm.  Then, after our minds (and hands!) were warmed up, we moved on to warming up our voices.  We used our favorite “Gimmie One” body percussion warm up, followed […]
February 9, 2017

Rehearsal #6/February 7, 2017

Dear Ensemble singers, Happy sunny Sunday! Hope you are having a a day of “safety and bliss” 🙂 First of all, thank you for the great leap forward in your musical preparation and singing engagement! I missed the Feb. 1st rehearsal and was thrilled to see and hear the progress you made. Well done! As Jazmine was very busy last […]
February 4, 2017

Rehearsal #4/February 1st, 2017

Dear Ensemble, Thank you for your presence, your courage, and your cooperation on Wednesday night.  You are making progress both individually, and as a group, and it was wonderful to see the work that so many of you have put into your music.  Our hope moving forward is that we can continue to build upon the work that you do […]
January 28, 2017

Rehearsal #3/January 20, 2017

Dear Ensemble, Thank you for the focus, attention, and care that you poured into Wednesday night’s rehearsal.  It is one of or favorite days of the week because of who each of you are – passionate, hardworking, brilliant young people who love music as much as we do.  We’re looking forward to deepening in that love of music together, but […]
January 21, 2017

Rehearsal #3/January 20, 2017

Dear Ensemble, We had a another wonderful night together learning new music and new choreography.  I truly want you to know how much it means to us that you’re willing to give 100% of your focus and energy to your rehearsal.  Those are the trademarks of professional musicians (and wonderful human beings!) 🙂  Please see below for your action items […]
January 14, 2017

Rehearsal #2/January 11, 2017

Dear Ensemble, Thank you for a great night of focused, meaningful rehearsal.  It was great to see the work that so many of you have already invested in your music, and we’re both excited to see just how far you can take yourselves – and your team – this semester! Key ideas and Concepts addressed this week: If you want […]
January 6, 2017

Rehearsal #1/January 4, 2017

Dear Ensemble, Welcome back!  It was wonderful to see each of you on Wednesday, and to spend quality time together making music.  As we discussed in rehearsal, the All Choir Concert this Spring is centered around our relationship with the Earth, nature, and our connection with our planet.  If you think of any good titles for the concert, please email […]