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Prep 3 – Monday, Jazmine

We had another great week in Prep 3!  Before we dive into our review, I wanted to say a quick note about our upcoming rehearsals.  Some of you (singers and families) may have noticed that we’ve been focusing almost solely on learning repertoire.  Because Prep 3 has such talented and hardworking singers this year, we’ve given them a lot of performance time at the All Choir Concert, We Are A Circle.  The flip side of that is that we will continue to spend the vast majority of the remaining rehearsal time focusing on learning and polishing performance pieces (as opposed to learning dances, rounds, or other more traditional Cantabile activities).  Please know that while I wholeheartedly wish that we had enough time to do the activities that both the singers and I love so much, I believe that my first priority is making sure that they are prepared to have a successful concert and recital experience.  I don’t want a single singer to walk up on stage not feeling like they are completely ready to deliver their best.

That being said, we started this week by reviewing our welcome song, “Fenga Alafa” and having different students lead on the instruments.  After some fun warm ups, we sang through “We Are A Circle” – please review these words at home, as we will sing this by memory at the concert.  You can listen to a professional recording here.  (Please keep in mind that this recording has harmony on it, and Prep 3 will only be singing the main melody throughout the song.)

Next we started a fun new piece called “The Secret”.  This will be the solo piece that Prep 3 sings by themselves at the concert.  Please spend some time this week reviewing the words to the song, as we will be starting to learn the harmony next week.  

Then we continued by reviewing the form to “Thula Kliezo”.  You can see our analysis in the photo below!  I was very proud of the students ability to track and analyze what was going on in the piece.  As a challenge this week, see if you can sing it from memory just from the photo!

We continued our journey into new music, by starting “Can You Hear Me”.  We will ONLY be singing the refrains on this piece, and Intermediate will be singing the verses.  Prep 3 Monday will be singing Part 1, and Prep 3 Tuesday will sing Part 2.  Please see recordings above!

Finally, we finished by reviewing our harmony to “Fly Away Horse”.  This will be sung at our recital, so it very important that the singers review their music at home and begin to memorize the words and the form.  

 

Prep 3 – Tuesday, Amy

Prep 3 singers had a very productive rehearsal this week.  First of all, I saw a huge improvement in focus and staying on task this week, This allowed us to get through a lot of music and do some really nice singing!  We began our class with a new singing game called “On a Mountain.” In this game, singers take turns singing a short solo line. It was wonderful to hear so many solo voices this week! We went on to talk about the dotted sixteenth note rhythms in this piece and notate the rhythm,

This week we started working on the Prep 3 solo piece for our end of the year concert, it’s called “The Secret.” Singers very quickly picked up this new piece and are doing a great job singing in two parts. We continued to work on “I Am” and are just about memorized on this piece. We started a new piece, “There has to be a Song,” that we’ll be singing with all of the other choirs at the concert, too.  Finally, we finished learning the piece “The Fly Away Horse.”

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 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 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 11, 2017

Prep 3 Blog #4 Week of March 6, 2017

Prep 3 – Monday, Jazmine We started this week with a new game, “Who Stole The Cookie Jar” – a great way to focus our minds on rhythm, beat keeping, and remembering each other’s names!  Then we dove straight into warm ups, and had a blast singing “Gimme One” in Hindi, Hebrew, and Spanish.  I’m looking forward to learning how […]
March 3, 2017

Prep 3 Blog #3 Week of February 27, 2017

Prep 3 – Monday, Jazmine It was wonderful to welcome you all back to Prep 3 this week!   We started off our rehearsal reviewing our name game, reinforcing the difference between the steady beat and rhythm, and practicing being able to “pass the beat” without dropping it! Then, after our minds (and hands!) were warmed up, we moved on […]
February 18, 2017

Prep 3 Blog #2 Week of February 13th

Monday Prep 3 – Jazmine We had another wonderful week in Prep 3!  We started off our rehearsal with a fun name game, reinforcing the difference between the steady beat and rhythm.  Then, after our minds (and hands!) were warmed up, we moved on to warming up our voices.  We used our favorite “Gimmie One” body percussion warm up, followed […]
November 18, 2016

Prep 3 Blog # 10 Week of Nov 25th

Greetings, Prep 3 Families, Thank you for another great week of rehearsing in Prep 3 – especially during this week of holidays, I was toiched to have so many dedicated singers attend rehearsal! Now is the time to really practice at home and start rehearsing finite details such as dynamics, diction and expressive elements, both in class, and at home. […]
November 11, 2016

Prep 3 Blog Rehearsal # 8 Week of November 10th

Greetings, Prep 3 Families, Thank you for a great week of rehearsing in Prep 3 – our recital is inching closer and closer and I am so proud and impressed by the work these wonderful children are doing; in a just a few months, they have developed a lovely sound and learned a number of fun and interesting songs. But […]