Prep 3 Blog

Greetings, Prep 3 Families,

Thank you for another great week of rehearsing in Prep 3 Chorus!  The children are starting to develop a beautiful sound and we have really begun to dig into some exciting repertoire for our Winter Recital! Thank you sharing this important post with your child this weekend, as it contains many recordings of the songs they are learning, and it will help them be much more prepared for our rehearsals.

Rehearsal Recap:

  • We started with a fun rhythmic activity, playing and chanting the names of our favorite pie, first as soloists, then simultaneously, thus creating polyrhythms
  • The children welcomed one another with the French partner dance and song, Bonjour mes amis.
  • The children had some spooky fun with our Halloween Vocal Explorations activity
  • We did our favorite body percussion activity, Gimme 1,2,3 – the children are becoming so good at this that some singers are able to come up and lead it!
  • We did two favorite and effective warm-ups:
  1. Flee-Flay-Flah-Floh-Floo
  2. My Dog Has Fleas
  • We discussed and sang the F major scale, before sight-singing a beautiful canon, O, How Lovely. The children took turns singing the “bell ostinato” while the other section sang the melody, thus creating beautiful 2-part harmony
  • We refined some tricky sections in Scat Cat – particularly the “meows,” which are not the same each time!
  • We discussed and sang a minor scale, in preparation for our next piece of repertoire. The children discovered that harmonic minor contains a raised 7th, or “si” (instead of sol).
  • Monday Prep 3 rehearsed Minka and Candles, Candles
  • Tuesday Prep 3 rehearsed Lights of Hanukkah and Zumba
  • Both classes learned a fun partner dance from Israel, called Yesh!

Action Items

  • Monday Prep 3 should listen to:

Minka

 

Velvet Shoes

Hine ma tov, and Candles, Candles, while following along in their score

  • Tuesday Prep 3 should listen to:

Velvet Shoes

Lights of Hanukkah

Zumba

Candle of Hope, while following along in their score:

  • There is no homework this week!

Have a lovely weekend! See you next week!

Katie

October 7, 2016

Prep 3 Blog # 4 Week of October 7th

Greetings, Prep 3 Families, Thank you for another great week of rehearsing in Prep 3 Chorus!  The children are starting to develop a beautiful sound and we have really begun to dig into some exciting repertoire for our Winter Recital! Thank you sharing this important post with your child this weekend, as it contains many recordings of the songs they […]
September 30, 2016

Prep 3 Blog # 3 Week of September 30th

Greetings, Prep 3 Families, Thank you for another great week of rehearsals! The children are settling in to our rehearsal routine and expectations, getting to know one another, getting to know me, and we are already making great progress in developing their overall vocal tone and unified sound. Rehearsal Recap: The children enjoyed greeting each other with a new partner […]
September 23, 2016

Prep 3 Rehearsal # 2/ Week of Sept. 23rd

Greetings, Prep 3 Families, Thank you for a lovely second week of rehearsals! The children are settling in to our rehearsal routine and expectations, getting to know one another, getting to know me, and we are already making great progress in developing their overall vocal tone and unified sound. Rehearsal Recap: The children enjoyed greeting each other with the French […]
September 16, 2016

Prep 3 Rehearsal # 1 Week of Sept. 16th

Greetings, Prep 3 Families and Singers, Thank you for a wonderful first week of rehearsals! I am incredibly excited by the size and enthusiasm of our two Prep 3 classes. Already on their first day of rehearsal, I could see friendships forming, and beautiful sounds being produced. I am grateful and excited to work with such a talented group of […]
May 13, 2016

Week of May 13/ Class # 14

Greetings, Prep 3 Singers! Thank you for a great dress rehearsal tonight – it truly displayed all the hard work and progress you have made this year, and also reminded us of what must be improved before Saturday. ? Please take time to review all songs and choreography before the big concert! You will shine!! All Choir Concert – CONCERT Saturday, […]
May 6, 2016

Week of May 6th/ Class # 13

Greetings, Prep 3 Singers, Thank you for a great week of rehearsing – it was lovely to have almost 100% attendance in spite of our different location. PLEASE NOTE: We are back at our usual location of FCC in Los Altos for the Monday and Tuesday rehearsals. This is in addition to our dress rehearsal on Thursday! The kids are sounding […]
April 29, 2016

Week of April 29th/ Class # 12

Greetings, Prep 3 Families, Laney and I are so proud of the progress the children have made this semester. They are in good shape for our upcoming concert and recital – please continue reviewing and practicing at home, and also remember that next week, the musicianship books will be turned in for the last time – please complete pages 19-20 […]
April 22, 2016

Week of April 22nd/ Class # 11

Greetings, Prep 3 Families! Thank you for another great week of rehearsing! Continue studying your scores at home, and practicing each song from memory – and apply all the special dynamics we have discussed in class. Please also remember to complete pages 17-18 in your musicianship books this week! Trivia Question: Who wrote and sang the famous South African Song (which accompanies […]