Prep 1 Blog

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 and musical suggestions in this blog to encourage practice and singing at home with your child!

***IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING  KATIE’S THURSDAY PREP 1 CLASS NEXT WEEK***

Upcoming Rehearsal Venue Changes
On Thursday, March 24 Prep 1 and Prep 2  will meet at a different venue – this is because we have to vacate our usual space for Maundy Thursday events at FCC . Please go to the following venue:
Thursday, Prep 1 and Prep 2: Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos – park in the large parking lot at the rear, and come to classrooms 8 and 9.

(please note that Intermediate Singers will meet at a different location. If you have an Intermediate singer, please go to First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto – sign in in the parking lot.)

Jazmine’s Class (Tuesday):

  • We started class by revisiting Little Peter Rabbit, which helps us practice our inner listening and feeling rests in music the children love it, and are really mastering it!
  • We itched and scratched our way up and down the major scale with the song, Fleas.
  • The children took turns singing solos in Hickety Tickety Bumble Bee. This song continues to display each singers’ vocal progress and their ability to tune to the pitches sol-mi-la-sol-mi. They are all singing with confidence, and expression!
  • We decided to stay outside and enjoy being in our Garden of People. Please sing this song with your child at home, as the second section can be tricky!
  • We decided to stay on board the train and practice our steady beat to “Engine, Engine.”  We then sat down and revisited the worksheet from last week, which shows images of both the beat and rhythm. The children chanted while maintaining the beat, and then switched to clapping the rhythm, or “the way the words go.”
  • We stayed on board for the fun song, Paige’s Train.
  • We sang the deightful folk song, I’ve Been Working On The Railroad.
  • We revisited a class favorite, Jelly Beans!
  • We ended with the fun circle game, Bee Bee Bumble Bee

From Emily’s Class (Wednesday):

Our theme for the month of March is Water, so this week we had a number of songs about boats and bodies of water.  We started out with one of my favorite songs: My Little Boat Turned Over, and then we sang the call and response song Charlie over the Ocean.  We reviewed So and Mi by singing Quaker, Quaker, which also helps kids learn the very beginnings of conducting, because they are keeping the beat by shaking hands.
We played the game Snail, Snail and we heard that it had a new note.  We’ll learn its name next time.  We practiced keeping the beat in the song Little Robin Redbreastand played it’s fun game where everyone gets to be a bird.  Finally, we worked on singing My Paddle’s Keen and Bright.  Remember to have your child listen to this song so she gets confident with the words and music.
In addition,  I suggest asking your child to keep the beat for a minute or two every time she hears some music so she gets more comfortable feeling the beat in her body.  Once children get the concept of beat, which is harder than it looks, they are ready to move on to much more complex ideas.  We will keep working on it in class, too, of course!
From Katie’s Class (Thursday):
  • We started class with some favorite songs, Waddally Atcha, a great song for maintaining the steady beat and for warming up our tree-house voices with different siren sounds! We also revisited Little Peter Rabbit, which helps us practice our inner listening and feeling rests in music. Both these songs are great to sing at home!
  • We sang everyone’s name and chug-chugged in a circle to I am the Train the Stops for You – we even sang in harmony as the kids sang ‘toot toot” and I sang the main melody! The kids did a great job holding on to each other and making a long train as they stepped to the beat!
  • We decided to stay on board the train and practice our steady beat to “Engine, Engine.” The children also picked new items for the last phrase: “Will I get my chocolate back?” “Will I get my toys back?” We then sat down and revisited the worksheet from last week, which shows images of both the beat and rhythm. The children chanted while maintaining the beat on their heads, and then switched to clapping the rhythm, or “the way the words go.”
  • The children explored different parts of their vocal range by drawing melodic shapes on the whiteboard, which we then all sang together. The singers had such creative ideas!
  • The children took turns singing solos in Hickety Tickety Bumble Bee, but instead of singing their name, they sang their favorite weather and created movements to show the different weathers. This song continues to display each singers’ vocal progress and their ability to tune to the pitches sol-mi-la-sol-mi. They are all singing with confidence, and their ability to sing new responses each time is a great way to build skills in improvisation.
  • We decided to stay outside and enjoy being in our Garden of People – the children each held a brightly colored scarf and pretended it was a beautiful flower, and sang the song with different motions to depict the words. Please sing this song with your child at home, as the second section can be tricky!
  • We decided that it was time for some rain, so we practiced our fun recital song, If All of the Raindrops. The children are getting the lyrics down, and are learning to open their mouths and sing with a beautiful, gentle “ah” sound in the chorus section.
  • We learned a fun new circle game, called Bluebird. So much fun to play at home with the family!
  • We sang A Peanut Sat on a Railroad Track, and the children had a special surprise – they each got their own train whistle! They did a great job singing the song with motions, and playing their train whistles to make a big “toot! toot!” They then shared two drums to depict the sound of the peanut being mashed into peanut butter. Next week we will use some visuals to show the rhythm and articulation of this song.
  • We concluded the class with a super fun song for Easter – The Easter Bunny Hop! The children did not know it, but this fun song is based upon the ever popular chord progression, twelve bar blues. We have Jazz and Blues to thank for this song!
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 12, 2016

Week of March 11/Class # 5

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 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 […]
February 27, 2016

Week of February 26th/ Class # 3

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another lovely week of singing and music fun in Prep 1! We are dancing into Spring with songs about insects, animals, trains, lemonade, and see saws, 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 […]
February 12, 2016

Week of February 12/ Class # 2

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another great week of singing and music fun! Please remember that next week, we are off for Ski Week, so there will not be classes. Enjoy this blog as a tool to make music and review songs with your child at home. The first paragraph is for Jazmine’s class (Tuesday Prep 1) and […]
February 5, 2016

Week of February 5th/ Class # 1

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! We had such a lovely first week of Prep 1 Classes here at Cantabile! I have reports of much singing, dancing, and learning, and it was a pleasure to see so many smiling faces, making music together! Please read the three updates below, one from Jazmine (Tuesday Prep 1), one from Emily (Wednesday Prep 1) and […]
November 13, 2015

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another lovely week of rehearsals – the date for our little recital is nearing, and all the children are making great progress! Please note: All Prep 1 and 2 classes are cancelled on Tuesday December 1st, in lieu of our holiday concert dress rehearsal for the Upper Choirs. There will be a catch up rehearsal on Tuesday […]
November 6, 2015

Week of Nov 6th/ Class # 9

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another lovely week of rehearsals – we are covering so many different concepts and activities each week, and everyone is making great progress. Uniforms Please ensure that you have ordered your singer’s uniform –Merry Mart Uniforms tends to sell out of the Prep skirts fairly quickly. Singers will need to be in full Cantabile uniform at the Prep 1 Recitals. Please note […]