Jazmine Harnishfeger-Brand

ALL SINGERS – VERY IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ:

Recitals are coming!
  • Tuesday’s recital is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9th at 4:30 pm the Parish Hall.
  • Thursday’s recital is scheduled for Thursday, May 11th at 5:00 pm the Parish Hall.
  • We will be hosting a potluck following the Recital, and we will send out sign-up sheets next week.  Singers will need to be in full concert dress for their recital.  (You can read more about full concert dress here.)

Mandatory Dress Rehearsal

  • All Prep 2 singers will have a mandatory Dress Rehearsal on Thursday, May 4th at 4:30 pm at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto (625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto).
  • Release times will be sent out next week.
  • Again, please make sure all singers are in full concert dress at the Dress Rehearsal.
All Choir Concert, We Are A Circle
  • The All Choir Concert, We Are A Circle will take place on Saturday, May 6th at 1pm at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto (625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto).
  • Singers are called at 11:30 am that morning in full concert dress.
  • Make sure you buy your tickets!

Prep 2 Tuesday, Amy

Prep 2 singers had a substitute teacher this week, Ms. Kyle, because Amy was out of town. Kyle reported that the singers enjoyed reviewing the song “Lucy Locket” and playing the solo singing game! After singing and playing the game, the singers worked to figure out the rhythm of the song and how to sing the melody on solfege syllables! Great job, Prep 2!

Prep 2 worked on several of our choral pieces: “We Can Plant a Forest,” “I Am,” “Fairest Lady,” and “There Has to be a Song.” We are working towards memorization on ALL of these pieces. “I Am” should be memorized for next week. Singers have copies of the music, a lyrics sheet, and a link to a youtube recording (posted on the blog two weeks ago). Please use these great resources to help with memorization.
Rehearsal ended with a few more singing games: Rocky Mountain, Sally Go Round the Sun, and Double Double Ice Ice.  I look forward to seeing everyone next week!

Prep 2 Thursday, Emily

Dear Parents,

We are really gearing up for the all-choir concert, which will take place May 6 in Palo Alto.  If your child does not yet have a uniform, please make sure you get one soon.  They often run out, and you don’t want to be stuck at the last minute.

In addition, please make sure that you are having your child listen to the concert songs several times during the week.  They should now have music or word sheets to for all four songs.  All of the concert song names below are links so you can easily access the recording.  Please have them look at the music while they are listening to re-inforce their learning.   If your child does not have music for each song, let me know and I will make sure they have it next week.  Students should now bring their folders every week, as we will be using the sheet music in every class.

We started class this week with the game I let he go-go, from Trinidad and Tobago.  The children stood in a line with hands at their sides for their warm-ups.  I am having the children sing their warms ups in different moods and voice types so they can develop flexibility in how they use their voices.  In addition, it helps them learn to express emotions through singing.

We reviewed the beginning of We Can Plant a Forest, and we learned the next set of words.  We then watched a video of There Has to be a Song, and the children sang along while looking at their scores.

After all that focus, we needed to get up and dance, so we sang and danced one of my favorites:  Cedar Swamp. Judging by the amount of smiling, skipping and begging to do it again, I think they like it, too! ; )  We then derived the rhythm of the song, which contains the 3 main rhythms that we have been working on this semester. :  Tiri tiri, ti-tiri and Tiri-ti.

We then moved to the beat and chanted Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat.  The children then identified that each beat had 3 equal parts.  We learned that that rhythm is a ti-ti-ti, that it is part of 6/8 time, and that the main beat in 6/8 time is the dotted quarter note, which we call Tam. We then played the game Santa Maloney, which is also in 6/8 time, so the children could continue to get a sense of compound meters.

I then handed out the music for I am, another one of our concert songs,  which is in 6/8 time, so they could see some sheet music in that meter. They were pretty tired at that point, so we put the music away and sang some French songs: Jean Petit and Chocolate Chaud.

Here is one more concert song link:  We are a Circle

Thank you for supporting your children in their musical journeys!

April 7, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #8 Week of April 3, 2017

ALL SINGERS – VERY IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ: Recitals are coming! Tuesday’s recital is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9th at 4:30 pm the Parish Hall. Thursday’s recital is scheduled for Thursday, May 11th at 5:00 pm the Parish Hall. We will be hosting a potluck following the Recital, and we will send out sign-up sheets next week.  Singers will need to […]
April 1, 2017

Prep 1 Blog #7/Week of March 27, 2017

Prep 1 –  Tuesday, Jazmine It was another wonderful Tuesday full of music making at Cantabile!  We started this week by reviewing the song and dance for “Bow Wow Wow”.  Then, after some warm ups, the singers were able to decode the rhythm to “Bow Wow Wow” by identifying if each beat had one sound (a “ta”), two sounds (a […]
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 […]
April 1, 2017

Prep 3 Blog #7 Week of March 27, 2017

ALL SINGERS To help you practice for our upcoming concerts and recitals, please use the following tracks: Thula Klizeo – Part 1 Thula Klizeo – Part 2 Fly Away Horse – Part 1 Fly Away Horse – Part 2 I Am – Part 1 I Am – Part 2 Can You Hear Me – Part 1 (Monday Prep 3 only) […]
March 31, 2017

Rehearsal #12/March 29th, 2017

Dear Ensemble, We had another beautiful night of music making on Wednesday.  You are making good progress toward our All Choir Concert in May, and we acknowledge the hard work you have invested so far.  Please keep up the deep practice at home, focusing on the areas outlined in each song below.  There is still much work to be done! […]
March 25, 2017

Rehearsal #11/March 22nd, 2017

  Dear Ensemble, Thank you for the excellent music making and the great spirit you brought into the rehearsal last Wednesday.  It was inspiring to see “Shine On Me” come together so beautifully and powerful as you truly gave yourselves to the music and the heartfelt message of the song.  Let’s keep that going in our weeks to come! Action […]
March 25, 2017

Prep 3 Blog #6 Week of March 20, 2017

Prep 3 –  Monday, Jazmine We had another great week in Prep 3!  We started this week by learning a new welcome song, “Fenga Alafa”.  In addition to learning the melody, the words, and the dance movements, we also learned the fun body percussion parts as well.  We had fun echoing them back on instruments, and will continue to have […]
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 […]