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Prep 1 Tuesday and Thursday (Thank you Jazmine for subbing on Thursday!):

We started out class by singing our old favorite, “Wadally Atcha” and keeping the beat on different parts of our body.  Next, we learned a new song, “My Little Boat Turned Over”, and made up movements for the wind, rowing, being a fish, and rescuing each other.  In all classes we played “Charlie Over the Ocean” with each child getting to catch a fish of a different color.  We made vocal waves with our scarfs, and sang “Hickery TickeTy Fish In The Sea” and had a chance for each student to sing back by themselves.  Then, we reviewed the song, “Rain Rain” and looked at it on sol and mi rain drops.  We reviewed the fact that sol is higher than me on the staff.  Then, we each got to compose our own sol and me raindrop songs.  Reviewed all of the words for “If All The Raindrops” including those tricky second and third verses.  Next, we introduced a new recital song, “Rubber Duckie” complete with body movements for “one”, “fun” and “fond” (which means ‘to like’).  In Thursday’s class we played Hop Old Squirrel and reviewed that sometimes the music goes faster or slower depending on what movement the squirrel is doing.  Then, we read the picture book, “Down By The Bay” and had a fun time seeing lots of silly rhyming things and singing along with the chorus.  Then we ended class with our favorite “Bunny Hop”, just in time for Easter!  It was a wonderful week full of new water themed songs, as well as a few old favorites!  I had such a fun time getting to meet everyone in Thursday’s Prep 1 class, and am wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!
From Emily (Wednesday)
Hello Prep 1 Families!  The children showed great progress this week, and learned 2 important new things.  In addition, I am working on helping the children to feel and keep the beat of songs, so we kept the beat in several ways this week:  in our feet, on our heads and shoulders, on our knees, and through clapping.  We started the our class singing Dinah while stomping to the beat.  Then we found new ways to show the beat in Page’s Train, which has faster and slower sections.  We put the beat back in our feet for Engine, Engine Number 9, and we then derived the rhythm by finding it on flash cards.  They were able to then read new rhythms from the flash cards, and we found the rhythm to a song that we know:  See Saw.
The children sang the song with rhythm names, and then with our melody names, So and Mi.  I then showed the children that notes live in a “house” call the staff.  Please remind your children of the name of the house for notes.  It has 5 lines and 4 spaces, and we learned how to place So and Mi on the staff in different places.
If that wasn’t enough exciting learning for one day, they also listened for and heard a new note, La, in the song Snail, Snail. Finally, we sang some fun songs in preparation for our recital in May:  Mail Myself to You, My Paddle’s Keen and Bright, and a new one: Rubber Ducky from Sesame Street.  Here is a fun video of the song:
Have fun watching and learning and have a great week.
March 25, 2016

Week of March 24th/ Class #7

Prep 1 Tuesday and Thursday (Thank you Jazmine for subbing on Thursday!): We started out class by singing our old favorite, “Wadally Atcha” and keeping the beat on different parts of our body.  Next, we learned a new song, “My Little Boat Turned Over”, and made up movements for the wind, rowing, being a fish, and rescuing each other.  In […]
March 25, 2016

Thursday March 24/ Rehearsal # 11

Greetings, Intermediate Singers, Thank you for a productive rehearsal today – and thank you for coming! Traveling to a different rehearsal venue requires effort and planning, and I was frankly just so pleased with the number of singers present! Your enthusiasm for singing in this special choral community is so evident, and I am honored to work with you. Next week is […]
March 18, 2016

Week of March 18th/ Class # 6

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thanks for another fun and productive week of singing and music-making in Prep 1! It is great to see the children become so confident and expressive in their singing, and we are having so much fun learning the basic concepts in music through dancing, singing and play. Please continue to use the recap of our class […]
March 18, 2016

Week of March 18th/ Class # 6

Greetings, Prep 2 Families, Thank you for another great week of music-making! The children are well on their way to learning their repertoire for the Spring performances. We are happy and impressed by their progress and enthusiasm, and each class is such an action-packed and fun-filled hour that I am often amazed by how quickly it passes – so much […]
March 5, 2016

Week of March 4th/ Class # 4

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another lovely week of singing and music fun in Prep 1! We are continuing to welcome Spring with songs about insects, animals, trains, raindrops, starlight, and cobblers, while learning some fundamental music concepts. Enjoy reading about our musical adventures below, and please continue using this blog as a resource for music practice and growth and […]
March 4, 2016

Thursday March 3rd/Rehearsal # 8

Greetings, Intermediate Singers, Thank you for a great rehearsal this week! You maintained great focus and we have made much progress with the songs we will be singing in the Cantabile’s  Festival for Young Voices, in just a few short weeks. Now we need to dive deep into musical details, including musical phrasing, dynamics, and other musical nuances to make these […]
February 27, 2016

Week of February 26th/ Class # 3

Greetings, Prep 2 Families, Thank you for another great week of music-making! The children are doing a great job learning their songs for the spring concert, and we are having so much fun dancing, playing and learning so many important musical concepts! The terms is off to a great start! Please continue to use the information below to reinforce practice […]
February 10, 2016

Week of February 12th/ Class # 2

Greetings, Prep 3 Singers! Thank you for another great week of rehearsals! We have many songs to learn for the Spring Concert, and you are all off to a good start. Continue to review your music, and use the two messages below as resources and reminders for your practicing at home. The first message is a recap is from Laney to her Monday […]