Intermediate Blog # 14 Thursday April 13th

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Intermediate Blog # 14 Thursday April 13th

Greetings, Intermediate Singers,

Thank you for an awesome rehearsal last night. I was so pleased with your attendance during this time of Spring Break and with the additional factor of having our rehearsal at a different location. Your dedication and hard work touches my soul and I am so excited for you to share your musical gifts and accomplishments in our upcoming concert. Please keep practicing daily!

Important Reminders about our upcoming concert:

Dress Rehearsal Information for Upcoming Concerts
All-Choir Concert Dress Rehearsal with Prep 2, Prep 3, Intermediate, Ensemble, Vocalise, Bravi (including VTG), and Aria
Where: Palo Alto United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
When: Thursday, May 4th, 2017
Call-time for Intermediate: 4:30-6:45
Attire: Full Cantabile Uniform – Red Cantabile polos with black skirt and tights for girls, and black pants for boys. Nice black ALL-BLACK shoes, hair neatly styled and away from face.
All-Choir Concert with Prep 2, Prep 3, Intermediate, Ensemble, Vocalise, Bravi, and Aria  – We Are a Circle
Where: Palo Alto United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
When: Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 1 PM
Call-time for Intermediate: 11:30
Attire: Full Cantabile Uniform – Red Cantabile polos with black skirt and tights for girls, and black pants for boys. Nice black shoes, hair neatly styled and away from face.

Practice Log: It is very important to practice at home, and to know how much you are doing each week. At Cantabile, we expect our Intermediate singers to practice at least 20 minutes per day. Please use this practice log every Thursday morning as a tool to record the approximate number of minutes you have practiced that week (for example, Week of 10/20: 106 min). This does not include musicianship homework. The singer who has logged the most number of minutes will receive a special prize on the last day of rehearsal!

Action Items and Recap

Please see this list of songs you will be singing in the Spring Concert on Saturday May 6, and with whom. Many are memorized already, and everything (except for We Are a Circle) should be memorized by April 1st:

We Are a Circle (ALL)

For the Beauty of the Earth (Intermediate only)

My Maple Tree and Me (Intermediate only)

Kimineero (Intermediate only)

Kusimama (with Ensemble)

Can You Hear Me? (with Prep 3)

We Can Plant a Forest (with Prep 2 and Prep 3)

There Has to be a Song (ALL)

We Can Plant a Forest

  • This is sounding so much better, but continue to LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN AND LEARN YOUR PART! Here are some short and useful excerpts of the challenging 3-part sections:

Part 1 Bridge and Chorus:

Part 2 Bridge and Chorus:

Part 3 Bridge and Chorus

Can You Hear Me?

  • Remember Elena’s words – to sing this as if it were to someone who cannot hear – how would you present yourself, with sign language and expression? Please practice in front of the mirror.
  • Watch your vowels to be tall and beautiful, particularly words such as “know” and “grow.”
  • Continue to review these measures very carefully: mm. 5-6, mm. 18-20, mm. 38-40, mm. 61-63, watch your pitches!
  • Please practice the sign language in front of the mirror and make sure the changes match the lyrics – try not to rush through them, but feel them along with the relaxed tempo.
  • Listen to the vocal tracks this week whilst following in your music.
  • Also watch this video of Biralee Chorus from Australia – their sign language is largely what I would like to use, with a few additions.

Kusimama

  • Please watch the Kusimama Rehearsal Video available in this folder and evaluate your movements and singing!
  • Please practice your motions slowly and precisely this week, but with flow and musicality! Great work!
  • Continue to watch this amazing video from Cantabile’s Spring Concert in 2013 to review the dance moves that you learned!

For the Beauty of the Earth

  • Part 1, please review the sections from rehearsal B, where we worked on a lighter and more precise sound, particularly the phrase “for the joy of love.” – no lazy singing!
  • It is time to really keep your eyes up for my direction of dynamic changes and final consonants/cut-offs!
  • Study and memorize the dynamic changes in your score as well!
  • Faster passages require clear pronunciation, for example: “Sun and moon and stars of lights.”
  • Altos can be lighter and more lyrical – give more shape to your phrases rather than focusing on a loud dynamic.
  • Remember the order of the verses:
  1. For the beauty of the earth
  2. For the beauty of each hour
  3. For the joy of human love
  4. For each perfect gift of thine

I recommend speaking the text like a poem from memory!

  • Listen to the vocal tracks while following along in your music!
  • Continue to review these sections in solfege: 1. Page 5 “of the day and of the night..” 2. Page 6 “Lord of all…..hymn of praise.” 3. Page 7 “Friends on earth..//thoughts and mild.”
  • Continue to find all the phrases which have sustained notes such as half notes, dotted half notes, whole notes, and tied whole notes – how will you continue the sound and give the note direction? Use your finger to “paint” the phrase or aim the note in a direction so the music continues to move!Continue to memorize and take note of all dynamic and articulations markings as you do so – they must be memorized and practiced along with the notes and the words!

My Maple Tree and Me

  • Part 2 please review all the 2-part passages to make sure your pitches are secure, especially the two sections with the lyrics “side by side.”
  • Continue to review the “giggling” section in measures 52-53; you should practice getting into it from measure 49.
  • Please also review measure 54-end of the song, especially the two “growing toward to sky” sections.
  • Everyone must review all the sustained notes sections  (such as measures 15-16, mm. 26-27, mm. 33-34, m. 36, m. 38, m. 55 and m. 57.) Find the correct vowel and sustain it beautifully as you sing the note for its full value. Paint the note with in the sky as you sing!
  • Listen to the vocal tracks while following along in your music!
  • Continue to review these measures in solfege: m. 17, m. 26, m. 30-31, and m. 36.
  • Continue to study the dynamics and how you can sing them healthfully, with plenty of expression and clarity in the text.
  • Listen, while following along in your score.

Kimineero 

  • Excellent job last night – this is sounding very exciting and beautiful.
  • Sopranos, please review measures 21, and 41, where you must hold your “mo” syllable for a sustained 5 beats!
  • Altos also need to study measures 21 and 41 to be better prepared for their light “ba-ba-ba’s.”
  • Both parts review measures 44-53, to see when you start your phrase with high sol or low sol.
  • Everyone maintain a lovely “ooh” vowel on “in-kum,” (“in-kooom”) even when the notes are fast! It will sound so much better!
  • Please review all dynamics and take note of the sections where the Sopranos and Altos sing a different dynamic from one another!
  • Listen to the vocal tracks whilst following along in your score.
  • Please review the final section from our key change (m. 89) to the end of the song, particularly the last page, which some singers are rushing. Keep your 2 Rhythm Block and sing it slowly!
  • Review the body percussion, and keep it crisp and precise, and not overpowering your vocal precision:
  1. During “Inkum kiddy kum kimo” it is clap-chest-chest pat-pat-stomp-stomp

2. During “Bah bah bah bah billy illy inkum” it is clap-chest-clap-chest-clap-chest-chest-pat

There Has to Be a Song

  • Sopranos keep working on that flat 7 in measure 39 – “Somewhere, somewhere..” Sing it soulfully – with feeling and beauty!
  • Watch all the staccato notes –use a more caressing sound as Elena showed you last night.
  • Please review mm. 39-45, which we worked hard to perfect last night!
  • Continue to practice the repeat from m. 69 back to 22, then the jump to the CODA from m. 36 to m. 70.
  • Take note of all the blue notes in the song, and make sure you are singing them – sing the D major scale, and incorporate si (sharp sol) tah (flat ti).

We Are A Circle

  • Please note we will just sing the main melody and the lower harmony through page 2 but then sing in 3-part harmony from the bottom of page 2 to the end of the song.
  • Continue to practice all the sections we worked on but also Listen to the full piece while following along in your score.

Musicianship A

Please review these concepts for the exam on April 20th (sight-singing) and April 27th (written) – Study these excerpts for next week’s sight-singing test – be prepared to identify the key, sing on solfege and sing the tonic triad:

Music Theory

  • Identify and explain time signatures with 8 on the bottom
  • Write a major scale (C, G, and F major)
  • Write in counts for rhythms including 16th notes
  • Increased vocabulary (added tempos and articulation markings)

Aural Skills

  • Sing a diatonic scale (C, G, and F major)
  • Sing a tonic triad (in solfege)
  • Take a simple rhythmic dictation in 2/4, 3/4 or 4/4
  • Take simple dictation in C or F major
  • Identify whole and half steps
  • Sight read melodies in C, G, and F major

Intermediate B

Please review these concepts for the exam on April 20th (sight-singing) and April 27th (written) and study these excerpts for next week’s sight-singing test -be prepared to identify the key, sing on solfege and sing the tonic and dominant triad:

Music Theory

  • All Intermediate A skills
  • Identify all major key signatures
  • Know the order of sharps and flats
  • Identify and write all diatonic intervals
  • Write in counts for rhythms with mixed sixteenth and eighth notes

Aural Skills

  • All Intermediate A skills
  • Sight read in keys up to two sharps or flat
  • Do simple dictation in those keys
  • Identify intervals
  • Sing a tonic and dominant triads (on solfege)

Homework

  • All singers should make sure they have completed Book III and review all pages for the exam.

Singers who have completed Book 3 – Please continue to work on last week’s Noteflight assignment, and to review all sight-singing excerpts from past blogs:

  • Log-in to Cantabile’s Noteflight (first name and first letter of last name) with password cantabile2016
  • Be sure you are all caught up with your assignments and have read and followed my comments and feedback which ARE NOW AVAILABLE. I am very impressed with your compositions and please note they are part of your final exam grade.
  • Please continue to work on the attached sight-singing excerpt and do the following:
  1. Identifying the key (major or minor)
  2. Writing in the solfege
  3. Identifying the time signature and how you would conduct this piece
  4. Sight-singing one piece per day
  5. Add lyrics (preferably nature-themed), dynamics, and articulations to three of the songs, of your choice. Practice singing it with lyrics and all your compositional markings.
  6. If you play even a little piano, try adding a bass line by playing the basic chords from the key you are in as you sing the song. I, IV and V chords likely fit the best, but try some ii, iii and vi chords as well.
  7. Review additional concepts and exercises at musictheory.net

Advanced Sight-Singing

Have a lovely weekend! See you Thursday!

Warmly,

Katie

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