Week of April 8th/ Class # 9

Week of April 8th/ Class # 9
April 8, 2016
Week of April 8/ Class # 9
April 8, 2016

Week of April 8th/ Class # 9

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!)

Uniforms

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 Emily:

It was great to have Eva back this week so we were all together!  We started our class with the fun song Jim Along Josie, where we got to have fun running, jumping and clapping to the music.  Then I got to hear the girls’ wonderful voices when we sang the call and response song Telephone.

I continue to work with the children on keeping a steady beat, so we keep the beat in our feet for the chant, Engine, Engine number 9. Because the children wanted to use scarves in class, we moved our scarves around and sang Apple Tree.  Then we had a little bit of fun “knocking each other out” by throwing our scarves at each other.  When a scarf “hit” us, we had to fall over, which involved a lot of laughing!  We then used our knowledge of rhythm to point to each beat as we sang the song, and identified the spot where what we sang was different from the sheet.

We made big strides in reading and writing notes on the staff!  The children read the beginning of Snail, Snail from the board, which contains just so and mi.  Then the children identified their new note, La, by hearing it in the song.  Then we learned where it goes on the staff.  they each had a chance to write notes on the staff, and they did great!  To re-inforce our new note, we sang and danced a new song, Jeremiah Blow The Fire, which has lots of La’s in it.

We finished our day by singing Percy the Pale Faced Polar Bear and Rubber Ducky.  I made lots of mistakes and the children helped me figure out the right way to sing it. That’s how I know they are really getting it.  Keep having the kids watch and listen to the videos I sent so they can keep those songs in their ears.

From Katie and Jazmine:

  • We welcomed each other with two of our favorite songs, Waddaly Atcha, and A Peanut Sat on a Railroad Track. In the peanut song, the kids are getting really good at tooting their train whistles on the “titi” rhythm, and ending the song with a big “tah” on the drum!
  • We stayed on our train and sang the song I am the Train That Stops for You – the children continued using their train whistles to play the titi-tah rhythm, but when they hopped on board the train they sang the song with lovely, clear voices! It was also great to observe them chugging their train to the beat of the song!
  • We turned our train into a boat, and sang the canon Row, Row, Row Your Boat – they are almost ready to sing it in 2-part harmony!
  • The children explored different vocal shapes by drawing and performing “vocal waves.”
  • We passed Bubbles the Fish, and each child took turns singing solos in Hickety Tickety Fish in the Sea, Sing Your Favorite Insect for Me! Two of the children chose mosquitoes!!! 🙂
  • We got out the rhythm sticks and played the rhythm of several different insects with the Insect Rhythm Cards – the children are becoming excellent at sight-reading their tahs and titis.
  • We stayed outside and practiced If All of the Raindrops – the children are producing a beautiful sound on the “ahs,” and are working hard to memorize the three verses, which they should also review at home:

What if the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops?
Oh what a rain that would be.
Standing outside with my mouth open wide.
Ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh.
What if the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops?
Oh what a rain that would be.

What if the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakes?
Oh what a snow that would be.
Standing outside with my mouth open wide.
Ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh.
What if the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakes?
Oh what a snow that would be.

What if the sun beams were bubble gum and ice cream?
Oh what a sun that would be.
Standing outside with my mouth open wide.
Ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh.
What if the sun beams were bubble gum and ice cream?
Oh what a sun that would be.

  • We got out our towels and washed ourselves to the steady beat while singing Rubber Duckie!
  • We sang and played Walk and Stop
  • We played a quick round of Starlight, Starbright, and then made some important discoveries about it: Its pitches are sol, la, and mi, and they live in a house called a staff. When sol is on a space, mi is on the space below it, and la is on the line above it. The children took turns pointing to the star notes while we sang the song. We will continue learning about the staff in the coming weeks!
  • We ended with a fun singing circle game, Button Must You Wander, a great opportunity for the children to sing solos, and work on their intonation, and a super fun way to recognize the timbre of different voices!

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