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Greetings, Prep 1 Families!

We had such a lovely first week of Prep 1 Classes here at Cantabile! I have reports of much singing, dancing, and learning, and it was a pleasure to see so many smiling faces, making music together! Please read the three updates below, one from Jazmine (Tuesday Prep 1), one from Emily (Wednesday Prep 1) and one from Katie (me – Thursday Prep 1!) Enjoy our recounts of class, and the different tools and suggestions we have in order for you to encourage music-making and song-practice at home!

From Jazmine:

  • We began class with the fun song Waddaly Atcha. Sing this with your child and encourage him/her to find new places to keep the steady beat, and new sounds to make at the end of the song! Especially encourage high sounds to engage the head voice!
  • We did several fun movement songs, which allowed the children to walk and dance to the steady beat, learn everyone’s name, and create new movements. Two of these were Sally Go ‘Round the Sun and Hop Old Squirrel. Have your child show you how to play these games!
  • We also started one of our beautiful recital songs, Each of Us is a Flower. Listen and sing with your child at home, while making motions to match the lyrics!
  • We ended by singing and looking at the beautiful picture book for My Favorite Things. Always a fun song to sing on a rainy day!

From Emily:

I had a wonderful time singing and playing with Isabella, Jaiying, Eva and their grownups on Wednesday! Our lesson featured a number of songs about Bumble Bees, including Hickety Tickety Bumble Bee and we even listened to Rimsky-Korsakov’s fun Flight of the Bumble Bee.  We learned about beat and rhythm: the beat tells us how fast or slow the song goes, while the rhythm goes along with the words.  The children were able to feel and show the beat in several songs, and they successfully found the beat in a song that I sang for them—without any help from me. I was very impressed!  I look forward to seeing you again next week!

From Katie:

  • We began class with the fun song Waddaly Atcha. Sing this with your child and encourage him/her to find new places to keep the steady beat, and new sounds to make at the end of the song! Especially encourage high sounds to engage the head voice!
  • We passed Nemo the Fish while singing the song “Hickety Tickety Fish in the Sea. Some of the kids sang their name for us! Encourage your child to sing his/her name as I do in this recording:
  • We did several fun movement songs, which allowed the children to walk and dance to the steady beat, learn everyone’s name, and create new movements. Two of these were Sally Go ‘Round the Sun and Hop Old Squirrel. Have your child show you how to play these games!
  • We also started one of our beautiful recital songs, Each of Us is a Flower. Listen and sing with your child at home, while making motions to match the lyrics!
  • We also worked on our rhythm reading by playing and saying the rhythm of different Valentine’s Day words. See if your child can clap the rhythm of different items around your house: “ap-ple,” or “pi-a-no.” Discuss they number of syllables, and decide whether it is a tah, titi, or something else!

Have a great weekend, and see you in class next week!

Katie, Jazmine, and Emily

February 5, 2016

Week of February 5th/ Class # 1

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! We had such a lovely first week of Prep 1 Classes here at Cantabile! I have reports of much singing, dancing, and learning, and it was a pleasure to see so many smiling faces, making music together! Please read the three updates below, one from Jazmine (Tuesday Prep 1), one from Emily (Wednesday Prep 1) and […]
November 13, 2015

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another lovely week of rehearsals – the date for our little recital is nearing, and all the children are making great progress! Please note: All Prep 1 and 2 classes are cancelled on Tuesday December 1st, in lieu of our holiday concert dress rehearsal for the Upper Choirs. There will be a catch up rehearsal on Tuesday […]
November 6, 2015

Week of Nov 6th/ Class # 9

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another lovely week of rehearsals – we are covering so many different concepts and activities each week, and everyone is making great progress. Uniforms Please ensure that you have ordered your singer’s uniform –Merry Mart Uniforms tends to sell out of the Prep skirts fairly quickly. Singers will need to be in full Cantabile uniform at the Prep 1 Recitals. Please note […]
October 31, 2015

Week of October 30/ Class # 8

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another great week of rehearsals, which involved some pretty spooky singing! We started off class with some singing favorites: Downright, Upright, Five Little Pumpkins, and Just From the Kitchen, featuring different types of favorite Halloween candies! The children also engaged both their “attic” and “basement” voices by creating different ghost sounds on “wooh.” It is lovely to […]
October 9, 2015

Week of October 9/Class #5

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another great week of rehearsals. This week we learned a fun new song and dance: Bow Wow Wow. Have your child teach you the song and dance! We once again played the African-American circle game Just From the Kitchen. This is a great way to learn everyone’s name. This week, have your child teach the family how to play! […]
October 5, 2015

Week of September 28, 2015/Class #3

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another great week of rehearsals! Today we continued moving and singing to the Spanish Welcome Song: ‘Buenos Dias” Buenos días, buenos días – right hand wave/left hand wave ¿Cómo estás?, ¿Cómo estás? – right hand shake/left hand shake Yo muy bien gracias, yo muy bien gracias – take hands, half turn ¿Y usted? ¿Y usted? – clap-clap-pat, clap-clap-pat […]
September 28, 2015

Week of September 21, 2015/Class #2

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another great week of rehearsals! We started off singing  a special greeting song ‘Buenos Dias”: Buenos días, buenos días – right hand wave/left hand wave ¿Cómo estás?, ¿Cómo estás? – right hand shake/left hand shake Yo muy bien gracias, yo muy bien gracias – take hands, half turn ¿Y usted? ¿Y usted? – […]
September 28, 2015

Week of September 14, 2015/Class #1

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Jazmine (Tuesday Prep 1) and I (Thursday Prep 1) had such a lovely time making music with your children in our first Prep 1 rehearsals! I am very excited to be working with such an enthusiastic group of young singers, and I know we will have a great year in Prep 1 Chorus! For those of […]