Intermediate Rehearsal Blog # 3 January 19th

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Intermediate Rehearsal Blog # 3 January 19th

Greetings, Intermediate Singers,

I heard great things about your work with Maggie, Elena, and Jazmine last night! Thank you for your flexibility and openness to new approaches, while maintaining a high level of musicianship and beautiful singing. I was called away very suddenly this week, and I greatly missed working with you last night. I will be back with bells on next Thursday, ready to continue digging into our exciting repertoire!

Trivia Question: Approximately how many species of maple trees exist?

Practice Log: It is very important to practice at home, and to know how much you are doing each week. At Cantabile, we expect our Intermediate singers to practice at least 20 minutes per day. Please use this practice log every Thursday morning as a tool to record the approximate number of minutes you have practiced that week (for example, Week of 10/20: 106 min). This does not include musicianship homework. The singer who has logged the most number of minutes will receive a special prize on the last day of rehearsal!

Action Items – Stay tuned for vocal tracks of individual parts coming in the next few weeks

For the Beauty of the Earth

  • Please review all challenging harmonic sections this week – in particularly pp. 6-7 and 9-10.
  • Review the two rhythmic motifs we worked on before opening the scores, by clapping and singing with all the different lyrics
  • Find other rhythms which are either tied, syncopated or both, and practice clapping and saying in rhythmic syllables.
  • Read the lyrics aloud like a poem
  • Listen whilst following along in your score.
  • Practice singing whilst keeping the 2 Rhythm Block, alternating between right and left sides. Prepare your breath by expanding the rib cage and releasing on an exhale as you sing tall and beautiful vowels. Remember the sections which are like laughter! Add movements which represent flowers blossoming and birds soaring to support the long phrases.

My Maple Tree and Me

  • Continue to pick a different section to work on each day, both focusing on your vocal line, and on expressing the text and mastering the pitch material.
  • Continue to read through the text and jot down your reaction – what images does it evoke, and how does it make you feel? What is the song trying to convey?
  • Continue to look for tied and syncopated rhythms in the song. Practice clapping the rhythm first without the ties, and then add them in, as we did in class this week. When you listen, see how accurate you were!
  • Listen, while following along in your score.


  • Excellent start – now that you have mastered the two nonsense responses, sing through the entire first half of the song – both the part I sang, and the part you sang.
  • Read through the score and find all the fast, rhythmic motifs, (such as bah bah bah bah billy illy inkum) practice speaking them aloud while stepping the beat
  • Continue to Listen while following along in your score.


  • Reinforce this song’s complex rhythmic motifs by keeping your 4-Rhythm Block whilst singing or chanting the different sections.
  • Please remember the true literal pronunciation and practice speaking in rhythm:

Koo-see-ma-ma, mee-mee koo-see-ma-ma, nah yoo-pen-doh, nah tai-mah-nee, wa-toh-toh nee kah-ree-boo doo-nee-yah

  • Continue to watch this amazing video from Cantabile’s Spring Concert in 2013 to review the dance moves that you learned!

Thula Klizeo

  • This is sounding good, but your “Heys” need to come on the second half of beat 3! So, practice counting and clapping 1-2-3Hey!
  • Part two, be sure to keep your part strong when Part 1 sings the high descant – your part is the meat of the song!
  • Watch this video, and note that instead of patting, they stomp – something we may (or may not) explore!

Musicianship A

Lovely job playing and saying your Nature Rhythms, reviewing F major , and sight-singing “With Laughter and Singing” This week:

  • Singers starting Book 2 should complete pages 7-9
  • Singers continuing Book 2 should complete pages 25-26

Musicianship B

Lovely job improvising name rhythms with body percussion! Your solfege in E major was lovely, as was your sight-singing of “Like a Bird.”

  • Book 3 singers should complete pages 25-26
  • Advanced Intermediate B singers should:

1. Log-in to Cantabile’s Noteflight (first name and first letter of last name) with password cantabile2016 2. Create a piece in E major for two instruments or for piano with right and left hand parts. Please structure your piece to have 12 measure in ABA form (as in My Maple Tree and Me) and please implement dynamics, articulation, and if possible, lyrics with a nature theme!

Trivia Answer: 128, most of which are native to Asia!

Have a great weekend! See you next Thursday!





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