Intermediate Blog Rehearsal # 2/January 12th

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Intermediate Blog Rehearsal # 2/January 12th

Greetings, Intermediate Singers,

Thank you for your great work in last night’s rehearsal. I could tell from your singing and the questions you answered that many of you had practiced your songs and diligently read the blog. Even in these first few weeks I continue to hear growth in the beauty and depth of your sound, and your hard work and focus is impressive. Keep up the good work to ensure some wonderful Spring performances!

Trivia Question: Where does the song “Kimineero” come from and what does “to me inkum killy-kum kimo” mean?

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

  • Excellent job singing this for PJ yesterday – the song is still very new and requires closer attention to all the 2-part sections. 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

  • Lovely start on this beautiful piece! We discovered it has 3 main sections, A-B-A- 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.


  • This is one of the songs you will sing with Ensemble. It means “stand tall” in Swahili.
  • Watch this amazing video from Cantabile’s Spring Concert in 2013 – take note of the beautiful harmonies, crisp pronunciation, and fluid, precise movements.

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 Rain Rhythms, reviewing C major, , the Chromatic scale, and sight-singing “Sing With Us” This week:

  • Singers starting Book 2 should complete pages 4-6
  • Singers continuing Book 2 should complete pages 23-24

Musicianship B

Lovely job with those tricky tree rhythms, and improvising flower rhythms! Your solfege in B-flat was lovely, and your melodic dictations looked really good. This week:

  • Book 3 singers should complete pages 23-24
  • Advanced Intermediate B singers should print out the sight-singing exercises below and do the following:
  1. Identify the key of each melody (please note, one is in minor!)
  2. Write in as much solfege as you need to sight-sing the song
  3. Sight-sing each melody until you feel you have mastered it – be sure to find an accurate starting pitch from either a piano or some sort of instrument at home.
  4. Be prepared to sing one with the rest of the advanced group for me next week.

Trivia Answer: Kimineero comes from Nova Scotia and those words are popular nonsense syllables used to add fun and rhythmic “fillers” between verses and choruses in folk songs from around the world.

Have a great weekend! See you next Thursday!



Intermediate B Sight-Singing

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