Justin Cavazos

Prep 3 – Monday, Jazmine

We started our rehearsal this week continuing our game, “Who Stole The Cookie Jar” – a great way to focus our minds on rhythm, beat keeping, and remembering each other’s names!  Next, we dove straight into warm ups, and had a blast singing “Gimme One” in new languages this week.  We learned a new warm up this week – “Lucky Leprechauns like to leap, leap, leap” – which included some fun new body percussion called the “Hambone”.  

Then, we spent some time working on our solfege and pitch reading skills by decoding “Donnybrook Fair” which they took home in their “St Patrick’s Day Packet”.  If you’re able, I encourage you to finish the rest of the piece and bring it back for me to check next week!

After that, we learned a new piece this week called, “Fly Away Horse”.  This is a beautiful song about a pegasus, and one that we will be singing for our recital on May 15th.  In this song we learned about “D.S. al Coda”, including the D.S. and Coda signs.  These affect the “roadmap” of the piece, including repeating sections and when to jump to the next section etc.  There are some higher parts to this song, so make sure that if/when you practice it at home, you are always singing with your best possible sound.  It’s also in two part harmony, so I’m excited to start learning the additional harmony next week!

Next we reviewed “Thula Kliazeo”, including singing the harmonies.  I was so impressed with the singer’s abilities to learn the new harmonies and sing them in parts so quickly – keep up the good work!  We then spent some time reviewing “We Can Plant a Forest” before the end of rehearsal.  Time flew by this week!

Amy – TUESDAY PREP 3
Hello Prep 3 Singers and Families! We had a good rehearsal this week and worked hard! We added on to our music literacy work this week by notating the folk song “Paw Paw Patch” on the staff.  The singers did a really great job figuring out the pitches and rhythms of the song and taking the next step by writing it down.  We talked about how music reading is a skill that we have to continue to refine because our ultimate goal is to be able to pick up a piece of music and sing it independently!
After warming up our voices, we continued to work on two of our choral pieces, “Thula Klizeo,” and “We Can Plant a Forest.” The signers are making good progress on both of these pieces. We will continue to work on these pieces and be adding a few more in the weeks to come.
Thank you to those singers who completed their music theory packets and turned them in this week.  I’ll be returning them next Tuesday.  This week, singers received their music theory book! Yay! They also received a schedule of theory assignment for the rest of our time together this semester. Each week, students are should complete the 2-3 pages listed on the schedule.  The book will be turned in every few weeks (on the dates indicated) for me to grade. Please help your singer stay on top of their theory assignments!
Singers should have brought home a flier for Cantabile’s Singing Summer Camp – we’d love to have you join us for two weeks of great fun and music!! If you have any questions about the camp, please let me know.
March 17, 2017

Prep 3 Blog #5 Week of March 13, 2017

Prep 3 – Monday, Jazmine We started our rehearsal this week continuing our game, “Who Stole The Cookie Jar” – a great way to focus our minds on rhythm, beat keeping, and remembering each other’s names!  Next, we dove straight into warm ups, and had a blast singing “Gimme One” in new languages this week.  We learned a new warm […]
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 17, 2017

Prep 1 Blog #5 Week of March 13, 2017

Prep 1 –  Tuesday, Jazmine It was another wonderful Tuesday full of music making at Cantabile!  We started off by singing our new welcome song, “Buenos Dias” and I was so impressed by how quickly the singers have picked it up!  Then we dove straight into scarf warm ups and “I love to sing and play”, and we discussed how […]
March 3, 2017

Feb. 27 – Bravi / VTG Rehearsal #6

Action Items Learn “We are a Circle” Find the beauty in “I Dreamed of Rain” and refine intonation/accuracy Listen to “Past Life Melodies” and follow your part, making sure it’s pencilled in. Listen to Esti Dal and familiarize yourself with the melody and counterpoint.   We Are a Circle Review roadmap – you’re alway singing the melody Make sure your […]
February 23, 2017

Vocalise Blog #6: 2/13/2017

Dear Vocalise, I hope you are all having a wonderful and restful ski week! Stay safe with all of the rough weather. Please don’t forget that we will be back in rehearsal on Monday, February 27th, so take the time to refresh your memory on what we’ve worked on and learn the pieces listed below before we meet again.   […]
February 11, 2017

Vocalise Blog #5: 2/6/2017

Dear Vocalise,   Hope your weekend if off to a great start. Things are busy here in preparation for tomorrow’s Gala. Best wishes to Aria and Bravi singers on being the entertainment and the inspiration at this this very important and celebratory event.   “Strength often lies in numbers but excellence can only come from personal dedication” (anon.)   “Practice […]
February 3, 2017

Vocalise Blog #4: 1/30/17

Dear Vocalise, Great rehearsal — thank you all! I hope you read my email sent on Monday night. It is important that we continue our conversation about about the place of art in human history, about community, vulnerability, and creativity. Meanwhile, have a great weekend and enjoy your practice. Justin’s notes below are an excellent guide to deep and productive […]
January 27, 2017

Vocalise Blog #3: 1/23/17

Dear Vocalise, Great rehearsal! I will write to you separately to continue a very important conversation about community, vulnerability and creativity. Meanwhile, have a great weekend and enjoy your practice. Justin’s notes below are an excellent guide to deep and productive practice. Set your practice times, make a plan of what you will practice and revise it if needs to […]