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Greetings Prep 2 Families,

Many thanks from Jazmine and myself for another great week of rehearsing in Prep 2 Chorus, which involved some pretty spooky singing!

Rehearsal Overview

This week we opened our rehearsal with two of our favorite welcoming activities, How D-ya Dootee, and I Let Her Go-Go. The singers then displayed how much their voices have developed this semester by improvising their own “ghost sounds” with the help of colorful scarves – all the singers are doing a great job developing unity between their lower, middle, and upper vocal registers.  They are also expanding their vocal range with our favorite warm-up, Bumble Bee

Jazmine and I have also added more solo singing to our warm-ups, which gives each child the opportunity to match pitch alone as a soloist, and also gives the teachers the opportunity to assess their progress – we were so happy with what we heard! Please encourage your child’s solo singing and pitch matching at home by playing parts of the recordings below, stopping it, and having them echo!

The children have also been doing a number of impressive music theory activities, including maintaining an ostinato on the glockenspiels whilst singing “Simple Gifts,” sight-reading, improvising, and composing their own Halloween rhythms, and sight-reading short solfege patterns. We will continue to pursue these theory activities in the coming weeks, with our staff whiteboards, rhythm cards, and special theory sheets!

This week, continue to watch and listen to:

And stay tuned for two new special songs next week:

And continue studying these songs:

Please work on the following:

  • Continue memorizing all the lyrics of Path to the Moon, practice singing it as you sway with the waves!
  • Review our circle movements for Haida, including the big CLAP on the rest! Remember to sing both A and B sections!
  • Practice all three sections of Shake the Papaya Down, especially the C section!

I love papaya, yes I do

Juicy papaya, yes I do

If you will help me, I’ll help you

Shake the papaya down

Have a great Halloween weekend, and we look forward to seeing you next week!

Katie and Jazmine

October 31, 2015

Week of October 30/ Class # 8

Greetings Prep 2 Families, Many thanks from Jazmine and myself for another great week of rehearsing in Prep 2 Chorus, which involved some pretty spooky singing! Rehearsal Overview This week we opened our rehearsal with two of our favorite welcoming activities, How D-ya Dootee, and I Let Her Go-Go. The singers then displayed how much their voices have developed this semester by improvising their own “ghost sounds” with […]
October 9, 2015

Week of October 9/Class #5

Greetings Prep 2 Families, Many thanks from Jazmine and myself for another great week of rehearsing in Prep 2 Chorus! Trivia Question: Next week, we will start “Here in My House,” a song about Christmas and Hanukkah. What day does Hanukkah start this year? This week, watch and listen to our new songs: Simple Gifts Here in My House And continue studying these songs: Shake the Papaya Down Haida […]
October 5, 2015

Week of September 28, 2015/Class #3

Greetings Prep 2 Families, Many thanks from Jazmine and myself for another great week of rehearsing in Prep 2 Chorus. We are having so much fun getting to know your children, and they are all making some great progress, both musically, and vocally. Trivia Question: We have had a great time singing the song “Welcome Here,”  which is based upon a Shaker Hymn from […]
September 29, 2015

Week of September 21, 2015/Class #2

Greetings Prep 2 Families, Many thanks from Jazmine and myself for another great week of rehearsing in Prep 2 Chorus. After 2 weeks of rehearsal, you have already made great strides, and it has been so fun building our friendships and community through name games, partner dances, and lots of singing! Trivia Question: Where is Papaya Salad from? This week, […]
September 29, 2015

Week of September 14, 2015/Class #1

Greetings, Prep 2 Families, Jazmine (Thursday Prep 2) and I (Monday and Tuesday Prep 2) had such a lovely time making music with your children in our first Prep 2 rehearsals! I am very excited to be working with such a talented and enthusiastic group of young singers, and I know we will have a great year in Prep 2 […]