Thank you for a wonderful night of music making on Wednesday! I so appreciated your focus, hard work and beautiful sound!
Parents, please be sure to read the announcements at the bottom of the blog. There is A LOT of interesting and essential information there you will want/need to know.
Singers, I would like you to begin using the Practice Log this week to help you organize your practice time. Please fill this out, Cantabile Ensemble Practice Log, and bring it with you to turn in on Wednesday.
Please see your action items for practicing below (in bold and capitalized):
Breathing meditation, standing position
CONTINUE PRACTICING BREATHING AS FOLLOWS (5 min a day.) This technique will not only relax and center you but will also greatly improve your ability to sing long sustained phrases.
MInd and body are one continuum, reconnected through breath
Is the most important pose to learn for anyone who wants to improve his/her singing, posture, health, wellbeing and creativity!
Here is your “template” practice daily and try to keep this posture intact while walking too!
Stand with FEET parallel, feeling “rooted” through the 5 points in connection in both feet
Activate the arches of feet, relax the KNEES with a microbend
Tap THIGHS to activate them but stay relaxed
Tuck and tip pelvis slightly to find the neutral position of the HIPS: in line with knees and heels
Lift STERNUM noticing the space between hips and RIB CAGE
Relax SHOULDERS down and back (shoulder blades tucking into imaginary pockets)
ARMS relaxed and long, by your side
Reach up through sides of the SKULL, CHIN tucked in, JAW relaxed, NECK elongated.
Gentle smile – – feeling calm, present, rooted to the groups and open to the limitless sky of possibilities.
Come Join in the Song, Traditional Canon
Amani, by Jim Papoulis
Note: Altos, remember you will sing the whole first page, even though it is not written on your line.
Come and Sing, Wallace Homady
Peter, Go Ring-A Dem Bells
Here is the recording of this song.
Please make sure you finish your assignments for this week, as well as any work you didn’t do last week, and bring them to rehearsal on Wednesday! We had several of you not complete your homework last week.
Musicianship A: Young Singer’s Journey Book IV, pages 3-4 (or 1-4 if you did not complete your homework last week)
Musicianship B: Young Singer’s Journey Book V, pages 3-4 (or 1-4 if you did not complete your homework last week)
Advanced Musicianship: 2 worksheets handed out in class
ALL: visit EarMaster at the following website and create your own personal Interval Song Chart. Please print it out and bring it to rehearsal Wednesday. https://www.earmaster.com/products/free-tools/interval-song-chart-generator.html
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS:
I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend (please stay safe and cool!), and I’m looking forward to another wonderful Wednesday full of music making next week!