Greetings, Prep 1 Families!
Thank you for another fun and enriching week of music-making in Prep 1. Please read the important information below about upcoming events, and the recaps of what your child is doing in Prep 1 Class!
Recital Season is Coming!
Prep Recitals are a wonderful tradition here at Cantabile. They provide friends and family a little window into our prep classes, featuring songs, dances, games and musicianship activities from the entire season, with brief explanations from the teachers. It is a great opportunity for your child to perform in a low-key and fun setting! We can’t wait to share our accomplishments with you! Here is some information:
Jazmine and Emily’s Prep 1 Class Recital (Tuesday and Wednesday Prep 1):
Tuesday May 17th– 3.30-4.15 pm (*please note day switch for Emily’s class!)
Katie’s Prep 1 Class Recital (Thursday Prep 1):
Thursday, May 19th – 3:30-4:15 pm (*please note earlier time!)
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 for the Prep 1 Recitals. Please note that Prep 1 singers need to be wearing the red polo shirts with the Cantabile logo, and uniform black pants for boys, and skirts for girls.
From Jazmine (Tuesday class):
We had a good week in Prep 1. We sang and danced to a few of our favorite songs, including “Looby Loo” and “Charlie Over the Ocean” and we learned a new one called “Naught Kitty Cat”. We spent most of our time reviewing our songs for our recital on Tuesday, May 17th: On A Log, Rubber Duckie, Garden of People, If All The Raindrops, Alley-Alley-Oh, and Daka, our newest song! Next we continued reading and composing our bug rhythms, and finished off with a wonderful book called “Freddie the Frog and the Bump in the Night” in which we learned about Treble Clef Island and some of the note names on the staff.
As we approach our final 4 rehearsals before our recital on May 17th, I’d like to ask each of you as parents to help your singers prepare. 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 Prep 1 Recital Lyrics in the car with you and singing the songs while driving, or have your singer sing while you prepare dinner, or at breakfast. The songs are short enough that they should be able to sing through them in two minutes (or less!) and doing this type of activity every day really supports them in being successful at their recital. 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!
From Emily (Wednesday class):
Hello Prep 1 Families! A big thank you to Teacher Jazmine this week, who filled in for me because I had to be away for a family memorial service.
The kids started out by singing and dancing Looby Loo, and then played a game with one of our favorite songs, Charlie over the Ocean.
They made big strides in their learning about reading and writing music by filling our their first worksheet! The children sang and played Snail, Snail and then derived both the rhythm and the pitches of the song. The children were then able to fill in one measure of the song. Great work!
The kids learned a new game: Doggie, Doggie, Where’s Your Bone?, which will help them learn a new configuration of the 3 notes they know (so, mi and la).
Teacher Jazmine read and sang the story Over in the Meadow.
We worked on singing the songs for their recital: Percy the Pale Faced Polar Bear and Rubber Ducky. In addition to those 2 songs, we are planning to sing My Paddle’s Keen and Bright and Mail Myself to You in the recital. Please make sure your child listens to the recordings of these songs so that they are confident in their singing. Please also see the Prep 1 Recital Lyrics to further support your child’s preparation at home, in the car, at breakfast – whenever you can! It always feels better when you know your songs well!
From Katie (Thursday class):
- We started off with some peaceful night-time activities: Starlight, Starbright Song and Magic Wand Game, and a new Japanese folk song called Deta Deta, which asks the moon to come out and stay. The children used yellow and blue scarves to show the moonlight and dark sky as we danced and sang.
- I told the children that my cat loves the moonlight, so we then played a fun new partner game, Naughty Kitty Cat, which demonstrated excellent teamwork and skilled dance moves! Have your child teach you the game and next week we will use some worksheets to find the beat, the rhythm, and discover a new rhythmic value known as the quarter note rest!
- We sang each other’s names and favorite pies in the circle dance Cherry Pie.
- We then sat down with our rhythm sticks and maintain the steady beat during the echo song, Oh My, No More Pie! We then discussed how the music sounds very different in Cherry Pie (happy) and Oh My, No More Pie (sad) – because Cherry Pie is in a major key, and Oh My, No More Pie, is in a minor key.
- We reviewed one of our favorite recital songs and rhythmic activities, On a Log, Mister Frog! We then had a few children come up and point to the Mr Frog notes on the staff as we sang it in solfege. This song ends on a new note: doh!
- We reviewed several of our recital songs: Garden of People, Rubber Ducky, and Mail Myself to You.
- We played a favorite circle game, Bluebird – the kids can play this game independently while I sit at the piano, showing great teamwork and a sense of the beat as they move!
- The children turned their bluebird chain into a row boat, and sang Row Row Row Your Boat in 2-part harmony!
- As we approach our final 4 rehearsals before our recital on May 17th, I’d like to ask each of you as parents to help your singers prepare. 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 Prep 1 Recital Lyrics in the car with you and singing the songs while driving, or have your singer sing while you prepare dinner, or at breakfast. The songs are short enough that they should be able to sing through them in two minutes (or less!) and doing this type of activity every day really supports them in being successful at their recital. 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!
Katie, Jazmine, and Emily