Greetings, Prep 1 Families!
Thank you for a wonderful first rehearsal! I am very sorry that I was sick and unable to meet my new singers, but I know they were in great hands with Ms. Jazmine and I am very excited to meet everyone, hand out music folders, and get started next week. Please be sure to check this blog every week, not only as a way to know what’s happening in Prep 1, but more importantly, to share new information, music, and activities with your young singer each week:
Prep 1 Chorus Expectations
This is the best age to start routines and expectations so children can embark upon a lifetime of choral singing! At Cantabile, we expect our singers to:
- Raise your hand to speak
- Be an active participant
- Be kind and considerate
- Play instruments when asked
Please share these with your child and remember that for some Prep 1 singers, this may be their first structured class activity – therefore, if you feel your child will struggle with these expectations, we ask that a parent or caregiver stay until the expectations can be met, and assist as needed. Even at this age, we take the musical progress of every child very seriously, and in order for this to happen, we need an optimal classroom environment. Thank you for your support!
Rehearsal Recap Rehearsal 1 – Theme – All About Me, All About Us!
- The children were led to a circle with the cheerful and engaging Oklahoma folk song, Come Along, Everybody.
This song features repeated lyrics and cumulative actions, and allows opportunity for improvised movement and name-sharing. Please have your child teach you this fun song and dance, so the whole family can join in!
- They continued to get to know one another with the African-American circle song, Shake Hands With Friends
Shaking hands is not as easy as it looks – so this game engages the voice, eye contact, social interaction, and fine motor skills, all while stepping to the beat. Another great song to try at home or on the playground.
- The singers were then led through a series of vocal warm-ups, each which also encourage plenty of creativity, personal expression and improvisation:
These warm-ups also engages three major vocal registers: Chest, Middle and Head Voice. Pick one to work on with your child this week! Stay tuned for a recording of these warm-ups (once I’m free of congestion!)
- The singers played a wonderful game which promotes improvised movement and confidence in performance, while featuring each singer one at a time:
- The class ended with the classic Singing Storybook, Over in the Meadow.
- The children briefly started one of the songs from their Fall/Winter Repertoire, “Things I’m Thankful For.” Please help your child review the lyrics they worked on: I’m thankful for the earth, I’m thankful for the sea, I’m thankful for my friends, and I’m thankful to be me
- Please also listen to one of their other choral pieces, Sleigh Song, based upon a Hungarian folk song.
Thank you again for a great first week, and a BIG thank you to Ms. Jazmine for filling in during my absence.
See you next week!