Week of March 16th/ Class # 6

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Week of March 16th/ Class # 6

Greetings, Prep 3 Families!

Thank you for another great week of rehearsing! Our groups are doing concentrated work, and Laney and I are both so impressed with the quality of singing, and the obvious practice which is taking place at home! The children are singing canons in beautiful 2 and 3-part harmony, and navigating their way through 2-part musical scores – both of these accomplishments deserve much praise. We encourage the children to keep up the great work as we approach our Spring concert! Please note the various songs below which you should start to memorize as we refine notes, dynamics, and other musical nuances!


We are continuing to work on a number of canons, which are excellent tools for learning to sing in 2 and 3-part harmony. Some of these are:

  • Two New Blue Balloons
  • Sing and Rejoice
  • Laughing, Singing – Laney’s class can now sing this in 3-part harmony! Please have your child teach this to you this week – the music is attached.
  • Sweetly Sings the Donkey
  • Let’s Put the Rooster– My class revisited this canon in honor of Kokoleoko (our Liberian Rooster song) They sight-read the complex rhythm, reviewed the movements and solfege, and sang in beautiful 2-part harmony. Please sing this at home with your child this week – the music is attached!

Have your child teach you ALL these canons and sing together in harmony – so much fun!

Movement and Games

We are continuing to learn new dances and games, all which highlight the different cultures from which our songs come this semester. Some of these are:

  1. Los Machetes, a Mexican stick dance.
  2. Bonjour, mes amis, a welcome partner dance set to French text
  3. Great Big House in New Orleans, a fun circle dance which has also served as a great tool in reading rhythms and solfege!
  4. Oats and Peas and Barley Grow, a fun circle dance!
  5. Welcome, Bienvenidos, a welcome partner dance set to Spanish text
  6. The South African dance, Pata Pata, based upon the famous song by Miriam Makeba – music attached – please dance at home!
  7. The traditional Irish Jig, set to the tune of The Irish Washerwoman – music attached – please dance at home!
  8. El Capitan, a fun song and game set to Spanish text.

This week, we continued to brush up on our rhythms with rhythm dice, and we also had the opportunity to hear everyone sing beautiful solos with the fun African-American Call and Response song, The Telephone Song. We also sang some fun new warm-ups which the singers helped to lead, including Tuning Tree, Mama Made Me Mash My M and Ms and in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we all had fun with a St. Patrick’s Vocal Explorations activity! 

Action Items

This weekend, please sit down with your music, and listen to the following songs:

Please remember that Kokoleoko and Sarasponda are in 2-part harmony – listen for when the parts split and to what your vocal line is doing! Sing along, and clap the rhythm of your part.

Other items:

  • Finish learning and start to memorize Kokoleoko and Un Lorito de Verapaz
  • You can also have fun watching, dancing, and singing the lovely Guatemalan folksong,Un Lorito de Verapaz.
  • Please also listen to the spoken pronunciation ofUn Lorito de Verapaz, which is attached.
  • Review the music and lyrics for The Swing.
  • Please always remember to bring your music binders to class each week!


  • Please complete pages 9 and 10 in your books this week!

Summer Camp Registration is Open! 

We have three exciting weeks of summer singing camp in July, geared towards the Prep 1-3 age groups. I am excited to be leading these camps, along with our fabulous instructor, Jazmine Harnishfeger-Brand.  Please read up on the different themes and how to sign up – it will be summer of musical fun!

Dates                                    Theme                              Time

Week 1 July 11-15      Faraway Kingdoms              8:30-12:00

Week 2 July 18-22    The Magic of Opera!            8:30-12:00

Week 3 July 25-29    Carnival of the Animals      8:30-12:00

How to Register:

Through the Parks and Rec Department in Los Altos Hills Activity Guide:


Contact Phone: Sarah Gualtieri; 650-947-2518


Through the Parks and Rec department in Los Altos Activity Guide:


Contact Phone: 650-947-279

We look forward to seeing you next week!

Katie and Laney

Laughing, Singing



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