October 21, 2015/Rehearsal #9

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October 21, 2015/Rehearsal #9

Dear Ensemble Singers and Families,

I am so enjoying hearing our repertoire come together this semester! You are singing with dedication and enthusiasm. I can’t wait to keep making music with the you, the musicians of Ensemble.

Some reminders from this week:

  1. Please be on time!
  2. Please be sure to read this email all the way through and use the chart below as a guide for your practice!
  3. Memorizing Notes: Do not try to memorize all at once–take on a small chunk each day, and then continue to review that chunk and add on. This will help you thoroughly and efficiently memorize anything! Here is a very interesting article about memorizing:
  4. We will be taking a short Musicianship test on 11/11. Below are guidelines for what you will need to know for this test. Read on!

For Next Week:

This should be the status of each piece in your folder for next week. Please practice your music so each piece is prepared to this level for next week. There are some more details in the rehearsal review below.

Piece Status
I Will Sing With the Spirit Memorized Completely!
My Lord, What A Morning Memorized Completely!
Hanget Soi Memorized Completely!
Sound the Trumpet Memorized Completely!
You Got Ta Move! Memorized through m.111, all notes/rhythms learned from m.112 to the end
I Wish You Christmas Memorized Completely!
Durme Durme Notes learned, text added

If there is not a link above for the piece, I have attached a recording and/or practice track to the blog. Please use them!

Instead of a mystery question this week, listen to this recording [Sound the Trumpet]. I promise, you’ll like it!

Rehearsal Review:

Durme Durme
We added text for the unison verse this week. There is a pronunciation guide at the end of your copy.

For Next Week:

  • Please practice the whole piece with the text.
  • Remember: S2 and A sing the bottom line, S1 sings the top line

Hanget Soi
We added text for the last section (letters F to the end). We also reviewed letters A through E

For Next Week:

  • Please Memorize the whole piece!
  • Below is a recording of the text, in rhythm, to use in your practice.

Sound the Trumpet
Thank you for your memory work on this! Elena worked with us on baroque style–it’s a lot like jazz! Here is the video I mentioned in rehearsal: Sound the Trumpet. Watch it! It’s amazing!

For Next Week:

  • Keep solidifying memory–small groups next week!

I Wish You Christmas
We worked in sectionals on this before singing through from the beginning

For Next Week:

  • Memorize!

You Got Ta Move
We spent time on m. 112 through 134, particularly on the rhythms

For Next Week:

  • Please ensure these are accurately learned. Review them!
  • Look ahead to the end as well.



General Musicianship Notes:

On November 11th, all Ensemble singers will be taking a Musicianship test during their musicianship class to show what they have learned this semester. Guidelines for what you will need to know are below. It is all covered in the books, and will be reinforced in class.
If you need another resource to study, I recommend musictheory.net. It is a great way to review.

Musicianship A

Test will cover:

  • Intervals–naming and identifying, both written and aural
  • Major key signatures and order of sharps and flats
  • Writing in counts for rhythms in 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 with half, quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes

For next week: Complete pages 23-36 of Book III.

Musicianship B

Test will cover:

  • Naming and writing all major and minor key signatures
  • Short dictation in 6/8

For next week: Complete pages 33-36 of Book IV.

Don’t forget to watch this video: Sound the Trumpet!

See you all next Wednesday!



My Lord, What a Morning

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