Prep 2 Blog

ALL SINGERS – VERY IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ:

Recitals are coming!

Offsite rehearsal

Prep 2 Tuesday will have rehearsal off site on Tuesday, May 2nd, at Los Altos United Methodist Church (655 Magdalena Ave.) just down Foothill Expressway.  Class still meets at it’s regular time!

Mandatory Dress Rehearsal

  • All Prep 2 singers will have a mandatory Dress Rehearsal on Thursday, May 4th at 4:15 pm at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto (625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto).  
  • Release times are listed in this week’s Scoop.
  • Again, please make sure all singers are in full concert dress at the Dress Rehearsal.

All Choir Concert, We Are A Circle

  • The All Choir Concert, We Are A Circle will take place on Saturday, May 6th at 1:00 pm at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto (625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto).
  • Singers are called at 11:30 am that morning in full concert dress.
  • Make sure you buy your tickets!

 

Prep 2 Tuesday – Amy

We had a very small class this week due to spring break – only 4 singers! We worked really hard and had a very productive rehearsal.  We started off the class learning a new canon called “Scotland’s Burning.” The singers learned to song on solfege with handsigns and also added some movements. We were able to successfully sing the canon in two parts!

After getting our voices warmed up, we started working on our performance repertoire. We reviewed “Fairest Lady” and talked about some tools for memorizing and some patterns. We also worked on watching the conductor for cues like when to hold a note longer and when to start or stop singing. We went on to practice “There has to be a song,” “We Can Plant a Forest” and “We are a circle.” Please be sure to practice at home each day to make sure you’re all memorized for our upcoming concerts! Also, please check to make sure you have all of your uniform pieces as you’ll need them in just a few weeks!

 

Prep 2 Thursday – Emily

Dear Parents,

Happy Spring! Our spring concert is coming right up, and I want the kids to feel comfortable and prepared when they sing on May 6.  They are having trouble staying focused through the rehearsal time, and feeling a bit overwhelmed by understanding the music they are looking at.  I am planning to create some handouts to make it easier to manage for next week.  In the meantime, however, PLEASE have your children listen to the songs at home while looking at the music so they can begin to move towards memorization, as they will have to know the songs by heart for the concert.  Here are the links to the songs:

We Can Plant a Forest

There Has to be a Song

We are a Circle–this one they know well, but need to memorize all the words

I am

After our long and challenging rehearsal time, the children and I reviewed 6/8 time using the rhyme Pussycat, Pussycat.  They then put rhythm flash cards in order for the song, which helps them get familiar with the common rhythmic patterns in 6/8 time.  The children then read a mystery song on the board, which they figured out was also 6/8 time.  It was Ring Around the Rosy, so we played that.

We sang Bought Me A Dog, and improvised different verses, and then we did some french song practice with J’entends le Moulin  and Chocolat Chaud, which they sang as a round quite successfully this week! Go prep 2!

Thank you and have a good week!

April 21, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #10 Week of April 17, 2017

ALL SINGERS – VERY IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ: Recitals are coming! Tuesday’s recital is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9th at 4:15 pm the Parish Hall. You can sign up for your potluck here. Thursday’s recital is scheduled for Thursday, May 11th at 5:00pm the Parish Hall. You can sign up for your potluck here. We will be hosting a potluck […]
April 15, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #9 Week of April 10, 2017

ALL SINGERS – VERY IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ: Recitals are coming! Tuesday’s recital is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9th at 4:15 pm the Parish Hall.  Thursday’s recital is scheduled for Thursday, May 11th at 5:00pm the Parish Hall. We will be hosting a potluck following the Recital, and we will send out sign-up sheets next week. Singers will need to […]
April 7, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #8 Week of April 3, 2017

ALL SINGERS – VERY IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ: Recitals are coming! Tuesday’s recital is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9th at 4:30 pm the Parish Hall. Thursday’s recital is scheduled for Thursday, May 11th at 5:00 pm the Parish Hall. We will be hosting a potluck following the Recital, and we will send out sign-up sheets next week.  Singers will need to […]
April 1, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #7 Week of March 27, 2017

Prep 2 – Tuesday, Amy It’s been so fun hearing all the Prep 2 singers solo voices as we’ve continued to play the mystery soloist game for “No One’s in the House but Dinah.” The singers are so great at identifying each other’s voices, too! After singing and playing the game, we were able to derive the melody of the […]
March 25, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #6 Week of March 20, 2017

Prep 2 –  Tuesday, Amy We had a fun and productive rehearsal this week! We learned a new song and dance “Bow, Wow, Wow.” After dancing for a bit, we figured out the rhythm of the song and sang it on rhythm syllables. Next week, we’ll work on putting the notes and rhythm on the staff. We reviewed our performance […]
March 17, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #5 Week of March 13, 2017

Amy – TUESDAY PREP 2 Hello Prep 2 Singers & Families! We had a good rehearsal this week. We started by learning a new folk song and singing game called “Dinah.” Singers took turns being the “mystery soloist” and enjoyed trying to guess who was singing.  After playing the game, we, as a class, wrote out the rhythm of song […]
March 11, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #4 Week of March 6, 2017

Prep 2 Tuesday – Amy It was so wonderful to have two weeks of rehearsal in a row! This week we continued our rhythm review and played a fun “class vs. teacher” style game called Poison Rhythm. I’m proud to say that the singers beat me! We started working on a Zulu piece called “Thula Klizeo“.  This piece has a […]
March 3, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #3 Week of February 28, 2017

Prep 2 –  Tuesday, Amy Hello Prep 2 Families! It was great singing together this week after having a week off! This week we learned a partner clapping game, “Double, Double, Ice, Ice” and after playing it for a bit, figured out the rhythm of the chant and did some work with rhythm reading and recognition.  We reviewed solfege syllables […]