Dear Intermediate Singers,
Thank you for a wonderful rehearsal this week, singers. I am proud of your hard work and concentration in learning several songs in 3-part harmony. This is an advanced skill and will require each of you to push yourself to the next level of musicianship. I believe you are ready for the challenge!
Many of you missed the assignment below to write in the solfege for the notes in the first verse of Away from the Roll of the Sea. I have provided you with a chart which you may use to check your work and be sure you are accurate. I expect every singer to have this written into their music next week.
Please be sure to read the blog carefully each week. The purpose of the blog is to teach you how to practice. This is a skill that does not come naturally to most people. The “assignments” I give you for practicing each week will make you a better musician and performing artist. Please take advantage of this tool I am providing for you.
Below you will find:
Trivia Question: What do the following sailing terns mean? (Hint: we talked about these briefly in rehearsal a few weeks ago. If you don’t remember them, write them above the words in your music for Away From the Roll of the Sea)
Mindful Moment/Yoga Flow
This is now a part of Intermediate’s curriculum and we want you to practice during the week, just like you practice your music. Once you are familiar with it, the following breathing exercise and yoga flow should only take 5-10 minutes. Practice at the beginning of each music practice session. Remember your ABC’s – Alignment, Breath, Concentration.
Stack your body into good alignment. Remain in this position as you practice the breathing exercise below.
Put “tiger hands” on your belly. Imagine you are a pillar or column. Close your eyes. Focus only on your breath coming in and out. Feel your belly expand as you inhale, then exhale strongly. Imagine with every breath you take, your whole body is filled with bright, warm light. Keep your body still while you take several deep breaths and exhale.
Release your hands by your sides. Gently move your fingers, then your toes, then your head side to side. Open your eyes.
Each practice session, take a few minutes to vocalise before you sing. The purpose of these exercises is not merely to warm the voice up, although that is important, but they also develop habits and muscle memory for good vocal technique. Regular practice of them will make you a better, stronger singer.
Menina Me Da Sua Mao
A folk song from Brazil, sung in Portuguese. We will have music for you to put in your binders soon. In the meantime, listen to this recording and get familiar with the melody.
Away From the Roll of the Sea
Here is a performance of the song by a youth choir in Austin, TX.
And here are the parts individually:
Come and Sing
Banjo Pickin’ Girl
Book 3, pages 29-30
You received a worksheet from Jazmine in class last week. It is due next week and is attached to the email notifying you that the blog is posted for your convenience.
Voice Part Assignments
Soprano – Aarohi, Addie, Aidan, Amiya, Anika, Anthony,Chloe, Claire, Daniel, Elli, Irene, Kaitlyn, Kasmira, Montana, Nika, Pascal, Raghav, Rhea, Sara W., Sarah R., Kitty, Sophie, Sunayna
Alto – Asha, Ashwin, Ava, Elisabeth, Millie, Emily, Gabriel, Jacob, Julian, Kahaan, Kayla, Kiara, May, Maya, Naveli, Ruth, Sarah C., Stefan, Vivana
Soprano 1 – Aarohi, Addie, Amiya, Anika, Anthony, Claire, Daniel, Elli, Irene, Kaitlyn, Montana, Pascal, Sara W., Sarah R., Sunayna
Soprano 2 – Aidan, Asha, Chloe, Millie, Kasmira, May, Maya, Nika, Raghav, Rhea, Kitty, Sophie, Vivana
Alto – Ashwin, Elisabeth, Emily, Gabriel, Jacob, Julian, Kahaan, Kayla, Kiara, Naveli, Ruth, Sarah C., Stefan