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Prep 2 Tuesday with Amy

Dear Prep 2 Singers & Families,

What a fun class we had this week! It was so nice to see all of the Prep 2 singers again on Tuesday. As a reminder – you will be receiving a monthly newsletter, SCOOP, that includes important information about Prep classes in addition to this class blog. After this week, I will only be blogging every two or three weeks, in an attempt to not over-email you all! However, if you ever have questions about what we did in class, please feel free to reach out to me directly at amy@cantabile.org.

This Week in Prep 2:

-We played a name game where each singer came up with an action for their name and we went around the circle doing each others actions

-We share information about ourselves from the All About Me worksheet!

-We reviewed Garden Gate and used different voices while we performed the chant and the movement activity

-We learned three solfege syllables, sol, mi, and la. We learned a fun song, Bluebells, Cockle Shells, using solfege and hand signs….then we got to play a fun game!

-We worked on two performance pieces, Manx Lullaby and Happy Holidays!. Singers received a lyric sheet for Manx Lullaby, please keep this in your folder and bring it to class each week!

– We ended with a new voice identification game called Lucy Locket

Have a great weekend!

Prep 2 Thursday with Emily

Dear Prep 2 Families,

In this week’s class we got through a lot of the most basic musical concepts, including Beat and Rhythm, Sol-mi and notes on the staff.

We started class with breathing practice and vocal warm ups, and then got right into beat and rhythm with the Rhyme 1,2,3,4, Mary at the Kitchen Door.  The children offered different ways to show the beat and rhythm, and they learned that the beat shows how fast a song goes, while the rhythm is how the music and words go.

We listened for how many sounds we heard on a beat, and then learned that when we hear one sound on a beat it is called TA and 2 sounds on a beat is called TITI.  I showed them what they might look like on the board.

We played the game Little Sally Water, which has Ta and Titi Rhythms.

We played Lemonade, and noticed that the song has 2 pitches.  The children remembered that they are called Sol and Mi, and they showed me the hand signs.  I showed them how to put sol and mi on a tone ladder as well as on the staff.

We played Doggie Doggie Where’s Your Bone, which begins with a Sol-Mi melody.

We did the simple folk dance Shoo Fly, and then we finished class with the game I’ve Got a Car, which is wonderful for building part-work skills.

The children went home with a worksheet to practice reading sol and mi on the staff.  Please do this worksheet with your child this week, and bring it back next week.

Thank you!  I look forward to seeing you next week!

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