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:
Action Items and expectations for next Rehearsal, January 18th:
Kusimama (Stand Tall), Jim Papoulis
You will be singing this with Intermediate at the All Choir Concert this Spring.
Earth Songs – The World is Full of Poetry, David Brunner
You will be singing this with Vocalise at the All Choir Concert this Spring.
Earth Songs – In Safety and Bliss, David Brunner
Earth Songs – We Join With the Earth, David Brunner
Review: Breathing meditation, standing position and a Yoga flow
Continue practicing breathing as follows (5 min a day.) It’s been wonderful to see how many of you list yoga on your practice logs each week! This technique will not only relax and center you but will also greatly improve your ability to sing long sustained phrases.
Mind and body are one continuum, reconnected through breath
Other announcements and reminders:
Question from above: Do you remember what three parts of your body are creating muscle memory when you chunk and repeat sections)?
Answer: The three parts of your body that are creating muscle memory when you chunk and repeat sections are: your eyes – as they read the notes, your ears – as they listen to your vocal production, and your vocal chords – as they sing the music. Many research studies suggest that part of the reasons musicians are so much “smarter” (and have better memory recall) is because they are used to learning in all three modalities – aurally (through listening), visually (through seeing), and kinesthetically (through doing with their bodies).
Thank you for all of your wonderful concert title ideas – please keep them coming! We have no doubt that – when we are all going as fast as we can on our own – that we will indeed get very far – together. After all, while making music can be fun on your own, we know that it’s always so much more fun when we do it with the people we love (which is each and every one of you!)
Elena and Jazmine