Jazmine Harnishfeger-Brand

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 […]
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 […]
March 25, 2017

Prep 1 Blog #6 Week of March 20, 2017

Prep 1 –  Tuesday, Jazmine It was another wonderful Tuesday full of music making at Cantabile!  We started this week by working on our “inner listening” skills with the song “Little Peter Rabbit”.  By removing words phrase by phrase, this is a great exercise for internalizing a piece and being able to ‘hear it’ inside without singing it ‘outside’.   […]
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 […]