Prep 1 Tuesday, Jazmine
We had another week full of music making and fun in Prep 1!
This week we continued working on our inner listening skills by singing “Little Peter Rabbit” – a song where we ‘take away’ a word each time we sing through the lyrics. This supports the singers in having to internalize the song and sing it ‘in their heads’ as they sing it out loud. It’s a phenomenal skill that supports them in being able to sing difficult intervals and in harmony in Prep 2, and beyond!
Then, we dove further into the word of rhythm and had a blast playing a round of “pick up sticks” where each singer drew a popsicle stick out of the pile and had to perform the rhythm indicated. They were able to perform all the way up to four beats with confidence – way to go!
After some fun warms ups, we pulled out our glockenspiels and the singers were able to accurately decipher the pitches for “Apple Tree” on their instruments. They had a wonderful time playing and singing the song both as a group, and as a soloist. This reinforces pitch recognition, pitch placement, melodic contour, and internalizing beat and rhythm. (Plus the singers always love playing on the glocks!)
Afterward, we learned a new song called “Garden of People”. Here’s the lyrics to sing at home:
“Each of us is a flower, growing in life’s garden. Each of us is a flower, we need the sun and rain. Sun, shine your warmth on me. Moon, cool me with your night. Wind, bring the gentle rain. Earth, dig my roots down deep.”
While we were singing our songs, we reviewed our “Rainbow Song” and our “Rain Drop” song. We practiced using tall, beautiful vowels on our “Ah” sections, and reviewed the words for the second verse, “If all the sunbeams were bubble gum and ice cream.” Keep practicing this week my friends! Finally, we played our favorite game of BlueBird, and I was reflecting on how far they’ve come with this game since the start of the year!
As a reminder, our recital will be Tuesday, May 9th at 3:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Please make sure your singer comes in full uniform: Cantabile red polo, black twill skirt with black tights, or black pants, black socks, and plain black shoes. We will be sending out sign-up sheets for the potluck after the recital next week.
Prep 1 Thursday, Emily
We had a very small class this week due to spring break, but we got a lot done anyway!
We started our class with the nonsense song, Sarasponda. This is the second time we have done this song, and I noticed a marked improvement in their ability to manage all the hand movements.
We continued our work on BEAT vs. RHYTHM with the song Hi Little Woodpecker. The children sang each phrase of the song and then tapped the rhythm with rhythm sticks. I then presented the children with some rhythm flash cards and asked them to put the cards in the order of the rhythm of the song. They were able to do this successfully, as well read a new rhythm that I created from the cards.
The children worked hard to identify the next song from the rhythm. It was Little Robin Red Breast. After playing the game, the children and I derived the melody of the song.
We played the game Mouse, Mousie, and listen for the new note, do. We then sang it with melody names and hand signs.
We finished up our class with a clapping game to the song Pease Porridge Hot.
As a reminder, our recital will be Thursday May 11th at 4:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Please make sure your singer comes in full uniform: Cantabile red polo, black twill skirt with black tights, or black pants, black socks, and plain black shoes. We will be sending out sign-up sheets for the potluck after the recital next week.
Thank you and I’ll see you next week!