Greetings, Prep 2 Families!
Thank you for another fun and enriching week of music-making in Prep 2. Please read the important information below about upcoming events, and the recaps of what your child is doing in Prep 2 Class!
Concert Season is Coming!
We are preparing for two wonderful performances – Prep 2 will be featured in Cantabile’s All-Choir Spring Concert on Saturday May 14th at 1pm (call time 11:30), with our dress rehearsal taking place on Thursday May 12th at First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto, 4:15-6:30 PM.
Prep 2 will also perform in recitals the following week (please note class-time adjustments):
Monday Prep 2 Class Recital: Monday, May 16 – 4.00-4:45 pm
Tuesday Prep 2 Class Recital: Tuesday, May 17th – 4.30-5.15 pm
Thursday Prep 2 (early) Class Recital: Thursday, May 19th – 4:30-5:15 pm
Thursday Prep 2 (late) Class Recital: Thursday, May 19th – 5:30-6:15 pm
New Cantabile singers will need uniforms for our spring recitals and concert – please order as soon as possible at Merry Mart Uniforms, as they tend to sell out of the Prep skirts fairly quickly. Singers will need to be in full Cantabile uniform at the May Spring Concert and Prep 2 Recitals. Please note that Prep 2 singers need to be wearing the red polo shirts with the Cantabile logo, and uniform black pants for boys, and skirts for girls.
From Katie (Monday and Tuesday);
From Emily (Thursday early class):
This week we got our first chance to practice 2 of our concert and recital songs with the piano. Teacher Jazmine graciously came in to play for us. Please make sure your child continues to listen to and practice our concert songs: Manx Lullaby, Kokoleoko, Great Big Sea, and Ratlin’ Bog. In addition, make sure they are listening to and learning Give us Hope and Come and Sing. I’ll include the links again in this blog so they are easier to find. I want to be sure that the kids feel ready to sing these in the concert, so it can be a great experience for them.
In addition to the concert on May 14, we will be having a recital in our class on May 19th. Yesterday, the children and I discussed what we are going to share with you. I think you will definitely enjoy the hearing their favorite songs and seeing what they have learned.
Now that we have covered all that business, I’ll tell you what we learned this week! We started our class with the circle game All Around the Kitchen, where each child gets to choose a movement for us all to do. We then played a game of drop the handkerchief to the song Kitty Kitty Casket. The children were then able to derive the rhythm of the song, which had a new rhythm in it: tiri-ti.
Next, we returned to the chant Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, Where Have You Been?, and we were feeling how many sounds there are in one beat, as our introduction to 6/8 time. We then played another game in 6/8: Here We Come Santa Maloney.
After sharing some wishes with me while we sang Startlight, Starbright the children were able to derive the rhythm and melody of this song, as well as identifying the scale as pentatonic. Finally, some of the children got to come up and improvise melodies on the tone ladder for us all to sing. They are really showing great progress and increasing skills in the class!
Thanks and see you next week. Here are the links:
Great Big Sea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoRV9dsx5Zk
Manx Lullaby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMJQYM8QOPI
Ratlin Bog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMX5jXFJNv
Give Us Hope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX6TJrFjHGI
Come and Sing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tks7ME5WrnQ