Prep 2 Blog

Prep 2 – Tuesday, Amy

It’s been so fun hearing all the Prep 2 singers solo voices as we’ve continued to play the mystery soloist game for “No One’s in the House but Dinah.” The singers are so great at identifying each other’s voices, too!

After singing and playing the game, we were able to derive the melody of the song using solfege syllables. We went on to notate the first line of the song on the treble clef staff and learned about reading/writing steps and skips.  This is a tough task and I am very impressed with how quickly the singers picked this up!

We had a very productive rehearsal this week.  We started working on two new pieces, “We are a Circle” and “There Has to be a Song,” which we will sing with all of the choirs at our end of the year performance. We finished learning the song “We Can Plant a Forest” and are continuing to work on memorization of “I Am.”

Prep 2 – Thursday, Amy
Dear Parents,

Your children are learning so much and are starting to make a lot of good connections! We started our class with some vocal exploration with the rhyme How do ya dootee, saying it in different kinds of voices so we can explore different registers through speech.  

After our warm-ups, the children learned the beginning of We Can Plant a Forest. We discovered that the beginning melody is created from all notes that they know:  do, re, mi, and sol.  That made it very easy to learn.  Please have your children listen to this song.  The song name is a link that will take you there.

We sang and danced How Many Miles to Babylon, then we sat down and sang it again, listening for our new rhythm,  Ti-Tiri.  They were able to identify it easily, so we moved on to the game Kitty Kitty Casket, which also has ti-tiri.  However, the children were also asked to listed for another new rhythm.  Tiri-ti.  After we played the game, we identified the new rhythm and wrote out the rhythm on the board. We reminded ourselves again what those two rhythms sound like when we danced Jim Along Josie.

To practice music reading, I had written up the opening to another one of our concert songs: We are a Circle.  It was a long excerpt and looked difficult, but the children soon learned that it was very simple and well within their grasp.  

They asked to end the class with the fun dance we learned last week, Zudio.  So we did!  

Please have your children continue to listen to our concert songs here are links to the other two songs:

I am

There Has to be a Song

Please have your children bring their folders to class from now on.  I will be giving them the sheet music for the songs so we can look at it together.

Thank you and have a wonderful week!

April 1, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #7 Week of March 27, 2017

Prep 2 – Tuesday, Amy It’s been so fun hearing all the Prep 2 singers solo voices as we’ve continued to play the mystery soloist game for “No One’s in the House but Dinah.” The singers are so great at identifying each other’s voices, too! After singing and playing the game, we were able to derive the melody of the […]
March 25, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #6 Week of March 20, 2017

Prep 2 –  Tuesday, Amy We had a fun and productive rehearsal this week! We learned a new song and dance “Bow, Wow, Wow.” After dancing for a bit, we figured out the rhythm of the song and sang it on rhythm syllables. Next week, we’ll work on putting the notes and rhythm on the staff. We reviewed our performance […]
March 17, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #5 Week of March 13, 2017

Amy – TUESDAY PREP 2 Hello Prep 2 Singers & Families! We had a good rehearsal this week. We started by learning a new folk song and singing game called “Dinah.” Singers took turns being the “mystery soloist” and enjoyed trying to guess who was singing.  After playing the game, we, as a class, wrote out the rhythm of song […]
March 11, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #4 Week of March 6, 2017

Prep 2 Tuesday – Amy It was so wonderful to have two weeks of rehearsal in a row! This week we continued our rhythm review and played a fun “class vs. teacher” style game called Poison Rhythm. I’m proud to say that the singers beat me! We started working on a Zulu piece called “Thula Klizeo“.  This piece has a […]
March 3, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #3 Week of February 28, 2017

Prep 2 –  Tuesday, Amy Hello Prep 2 Families! It was great singing together this week after having a week off! This week we learned a partner clapping game, “Double, Double, Ice, Ice” and after playing it for a bit, figured out the rhythm of the chant and did some work with rhythm reading and recognition.  We reviewed solfege syllables […]
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 […]
November 18, 2016

Prep 2 Blog # 10 Week of November 25th

Greetings, Prep 2 Families, Thank you for a great week of rehearsing in Prep 2! The children are working hard in preparation for their recitals, and it is very important that they continue to practice and listen to their songs at home. This is a brief blog which simply reminds you of our recital times, uniform details, and potlucks, and […]
November 11, 2016

Prep 2 Blog # 8 Week of November 11th

Greetings, Prep 2 Families! Recital Season is coming! Please invite friends and family to this special afternoon that showcases many of the fun and enriching musical activities your child has been doing all semester, along with some lovely holiday songs. These will all take place in the Parish Hall at their usual rehearsal location, Foothills Congregational Church, Los Altos. Please […]