Prep 2 Blog

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 really fun body percussion section that we enjoyed learning and practicing.  The singers did a great job learning the Zulu text and following along in their music.

We continued to work on “I Am” and “Fairest Lady“. Both pieces are coming along quite well and I am looking forward to continuing to get these pieces performance ready!

Finally, we ended our time together with a folk song and dance, “Rocky Mountain“. We’ll learn another variation of the dance next week.

Prep 2 Thursday – Emily

It was so wonderful to see you all on Thursday!  Thank you for such an enjoyable class!

We started off our time together with many rounds of “Down In the Valley”, including some wonderfully fun motions generated by the singers!  After our bodies were nice and limber from all that movement, we dove into our favorite warm-ups, “My Dog Has Fleas” and “Mommy Made Me Mash My M&M’s”.  

We learned a new song, “Paw Paw Patch” and did our best with the rather complicated dance that accompanies it.  We discovered that there was a new rhythm called “tiri-tiri” that has four sounds to the beat in it.  The singers were able to transcribe the rhythm for the entire song, including identifying where the “tiri-tiri”s were.  I was very proud!  I know Ms. Emily will continue to work on it in weeks to come, so make sure you practice it at home.  

Then we played a few rounds of “How Many Miles To Babylon” before we did some excellent pitch transcription work on “Mouse Mousie”.  If you didn’t finish the paper in class, try and finish it over the next week.  

Finally we ended our class session by reviewing the English words of “I Hear The Mill Wind”, and I was even able to teach the French words as well!

Thank you everyone for a fabulous class, and Emily looks forward to seeing you next Thursday!

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 […]
February 18, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #2 Week of February 13, 2017

Prep 2 Tuesday – Amy Hello Prep 2 Families! We had a fun rehearsal singing Valentine’s songs and digging in to more of our choral repertoire.   We played a fun game, “Heel, Toe, On the Line,” where we danced with partners and explored the words “yes and no” in a few different languages. We also sang a song about […]
November 18, 2016

Prep 2 Blog # 10 Week of November 25th

Greetings, Prep 2 Families, Thank you for a great week of rehearsing in Prep 2! The children are working hard in preparation for their recitals, and it is very important that they continue to practice and listen to their songs at home. This is a brief blog which simply reminds you of our recital times, uniform details, and potlucks, and […]
November 11, 2016

Prep 2 Blog # 8 Week of November 11th

Greetings, Prep 2 Families! Recital Season is coming! Please invite friends and family to this special afternoon that showcases many of the fun and enriching musical activities your child has been doing all semester, along with some lovely holiday songs. These will all take place in the Parish Hall at their usual rehearsal location, Foothills Congregational Church, Los Altos. Please […]
November 5, 2016

Prep 2 Blog # 8 Week of October 31st

Greetings, Prep 2 Families! We had an action-packed week in Prep 2, with plenty of Halloween and holiday fun, interspersed with important musical concepts and recital preparation. Thank you for continuing to share this blog with your child each week, in order to practice and prepare at home. Recital Season is Coming! Please Purchase Concert Attire Here: Prep 2 Girls […]
October 28, 2016

Prep 2 Blog # 7 Week of October 28th

Greetings, Prep 2 Families, Thank you for another great week in Prep 2 Chorus! The children are sounding lovely and learning so much as we experience many musical concepts through song and play. Please continue to encourage your child to listen to our recital songs at home, as our performance season is approaching! Recital Season is Coming! Please Purchase Concert […]
October 22, 2016

Prep 2 Blog # 6 Week of October 20th

  Greetings, Prep 2 Families, Thank you for another great week in Prep 2 Chorus! The children are sounding lovely and learning so much as we experience many musical concepts through song and play. Please continue to encourage your child to listen to our recital songs at home, as our performance season is approaching! Recital Season is Coming! Please Purchase […]