Greetings, Prep 2 Families!
Thank you for another fun and enriching week of music-making in Prep 2. Please read the important information below about upcoming events, and the recaps of what your child is doing in Prep 2 Class!
Concert Season is Coming!
We are preparing for two wonderful performances – Prep 2 will be featured in Cantabile’s All-Choir Spring Concert on Saturday May 14th at 1pm (call time 11:30), with our dress rehearsal taking place on Thursday May 12th at First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto, 4:15-6:30 PM.
Prep 2 will also perform in recitals the following week (please note class-time adjustments):
Monday Prep 2 Class Recital: Monday, May 16 – 4.00-4:45 pm
Tuesday Prep 2 Class Recital: Tuesday, May 17th – 4.30-5.15 pm
Thursday Prep 2 (early) Class Recital: Thursday, May 19th – 4:30-5:15 pm
Thursday Prep 2 (late) Class Recital: Thursday, May 19th – 5:30-6:15 pm
New Cantabile singers will need uniforms for our spring recitals and concert – please order as soon as possible at Merry Mart Uniforms, as they tend to sell out of the Prep skirts fairly quickly. Singers will need to be in full Cantabile uniform at the May Spring Concert and Prep 2 Recitals. Please note that Prep 2 singers need to be wearing the red polo shirts with the Cantabile logo, and uniform black pants for boys, and skirts for girls.
From Katie (Monday and Tuesday):
- The children welcomed one another and warmed up their voices with Telephone Song! They are very confident in their solo singing, and are demonstrating good intonation, and overall vocal development.
- We played the fun circle game Great Big House in New Orleans! The kids had a great time stepping in a circle to the beat, making a “human basket,” and picking new cities and new pie flavors!
- We played Bounce High, Bounce Low, and the kids demonstrated great command of bouncing the ball on the downbeat!
- We then solved some important mysteries: Several of our songs were missing their bar lines! The children felt where strong beats were and figured out how many beats fit into a measure. They then took turns filing in the missing measures. We did this with three different time signatures: 4/4, 2/4, and 3/4.
- The children then sang a number of patterns in G-doh, including low ti, sol, and lah, We then derived the chorus section from Kokoleoko, and sang it in solfege in 2-part harmony.
- We practiced three important concert songs, which they should continue to review at home: Kokoleoko, Manx Lullaby, and Hi! Ho! The Rattlin’ Bog.
- We revisited one of our favorite dances – Yesh!
- We then returned to our theory activities and wrote out the song Apple Tree in G-doh.
- Please also ensure your child listens to Give Us Hope and Come and Sing, two of our massed songs in the concert. They will receive the music and lyrics when I see them next week.
- The children should also continue working on A Great Big Sea and This Shall Be For Music for their recital!
From Emily (Thursday early class):
We have three rehearsals left before the big concert and recital! In addition to some great learning in musicianship this week, we spent some time on our concert pieces. The most important song for your child to know for the concert is Manx Lullaby, as the prep 2 kids will be singing this on their own. Please take special care to make sure that they know all the words and music. In addition, they will be singing Kokoleoko and Ratlin’ Bog with the older kids. If you don’t have music for these songs in your child’s folder, let me know. Have your child listen to the recordings of these songs, and make sure they know the words. Teacher Jazmine will be coming to play these pieces for us on the piano, so it’s a good time to make sure they are solid on them.
We started our class this week by singing our names during the song Hickety Tickety Bumble Bee, and I was pleased to hear much stronger and more in-tune singing this week. We followed this up by singing Ratlin Bog and making up movements for each section of the song. I am pleased to say that the children know this song well and really enjoy singing it.
We reviewed rhythms that we knew by rolling our rhythm “dice” and singing the rhythms that we got from each roll. We then used those rhythms in the dance Tideo,which contained our newest rhythm, Tiri Tiri. We then derived a new rhythm,Ti-Tiri, from the canon Let’s put the Rooster in the Stew. Not only did the children hear the new rhythm, they were able to derive the rhythm for the whole song. Then, in keeping with our Rooster theme, we sang our recital song Kokoleoko.
We then sang the song Jim Along Josie, which got us running, jumping and skipping. The children were then able to derive the melody of the song, and hear a new note: Low La. We learned how to write low la on the tone ladder and on the staff.
We went to the piano to sing Manx Lullaby, and the children show some good knowledge of the beginning section. Please especially review the second section with your child.
We finished our class by using tambourines and walking to feel the beat of the chant Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been? I let them know that next week we will use that chant to learn something new, but I left it up to them to think about it this week. Mysteries always make it more fun!
Thank you in advance for helping your children learn their concert music. I look forward to seeing everyone next week!
From Jazmine (late Thursday class):
We started out this week with our current favorite song/dance, Jump Jim Joe. Then, after a shorter warm-up this week we dived straight into practicing Kokoleoko in two part harmony and the kids did a fantastic job! (Please see the end of this post for which part your singer will be singing.) Next, we were grateful that Ms. Laney came and played the piano for us as we sang through all of our recital repertoire (see below for the full list) and we even learned a new song, “Give Us Hope”. Then we finished off this week with our favorite games – Obwisana and Apple Tree.
As we move into our final three rehearsals before the All Choir Concert on Saturday May 14th, I’d like to ask for your help as parents in making sure the students really know the lyrics to their songs. We have a lot of wonderful songs that we’ll be singing, and it greatly supports our singers when they can sing them at home in-between rehearsals. I would recommend keeping a copy of the lyrics in the car with you and singing the songs while driving, or have your singer sing while you prepare dinner, or at breakfast. Doing this type of activity every day really supports them in being successful at the concert, and at their recital. I would particularly pay attention to the following:
- The tranistions between sections of the piece; I have found it can be useful to pause between each section (verse to chorus for example) and have them think about the first three words of the next section before they sing it. This helps build correct neuro-pathways in their brain, so they aren’t inadvertently practicing it wrong.
- The endings on every piece
- The sequence of Hi-Ho Ratinlin’ Bog (tree, limb, branch, twig, nest, egg, bird)
Parts for Kokoleoko
Higher Part: Arden, Andrew, Ethan, Hannah, Uma, Sophie
Lower Part: Elisabeth, Nistha, Cole, Niomi, Risa, Emma
List of Songs for Recital & Concert:
- This Shall Be For Music (Recital only)
- Great Big Sea (Recital only)
- High Ho Ratalin’ Bog (Recital and Concert)
- Kokoleoko (Recital and Concert)
- Manx Lullaby (Recital and Concert)
- Give Us Hope (Concert Only)
- Come and Sing (Concert Only) – We haven’t yet started this one FYI.
If you have any questions, or need any support, please feel free to reach out! Thank you in advance, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing everyone next week!