Katie Gerber

Greetings, Intermediate Singers,

Thank you very much for your hard work and focus last night  – we again embarked upon some much-needed part-work and we are now almost ready to have some serious fun with these songs! Get ready for much movement and imaginative exploration as we turn these songs into adventurous works of art – and please, keep up the good work and positive energy – I cherish your friendships and your excitement for singing!

Trivia Question: We have started another song, Can You Hear Me (please watch this week) written by one of our favorite composers, Bob Chilcott. Where does Bob Chilcott live?

Practice Log: It is very important to practice at home, and to know how much you are doing each week. At Cantabile, we expect our Intermediate singers to practice at least 20 minutes per day. Please use this practice log every Thursday morning as a tool to record the approximate number of minutes you have practiced that week (for example, Week of 10/20: 106 min). This does not include musicianship homework. The singer who has logged the most number of minutes will receive a special prize on the last day of rehearsal!

Action Items – Stay tuned for vocal tracks of individual parts coming in the next few weeks

Earth Meets Sky

  • You have continued to do great work sight-singing this simple chorale which celebrates the earth – please continue to explore the images and feelings for conserving the environment that it may evoke for you.
  • If you were not able to last week, try to write in the solfege for your vocal part, taking note that the first half is in F major, and then modulates to G major – then sing it!
  • Also note there are two main musical themes (A and B) which eventually partner together in measure 55 – this should help aide the learning process!
  • Listen this this recording to become more familiar with the structure and harmonies of the song.

For the Beauty of the Earth

  • Excellent work reviewing the challenging 2-part sections in solfege, and identifying them in your scores – please continue to review these sections in solfege: 1. Page 5 “of the day and of the night..” 2. Page 6 “Lord of all…..hymn of praise.” 3. Page 7 “Friends on earth..//thoughts and mild.”
  • Watch your vowel for the word “Praise,” keeping it tall and beautiful – the “p” and the “r” should be quick and delicate.
  • Watch the rhythm for “praise,” with dotted quarter note-sixteenth notes  – this should be a precise rhythm, but sound like easy laughter at the same time!
  • Please find all the phrases which have sustained notes such as half notes, dotted half notes, whole notes, and tied whole notes – how will you continue the sound and give the note direction? Use your finger to “paint” the phrase or aim the note in a direction so the music continues to move!
  • Read the lyrics aloud like a poem
  • Listen whilst following along in your score.
  • Practice singing whilst keeping the 2 Rhythm Block, alternating between right and left sides. Prepare your breath by expanding the rib cage and releasing on an exhale as you sing tall and beautiful vowels. Remember the sections which are like laughter!


  • Wonderful continued work on this song – the harmonies during the refrain are strong and vibrant, and you are already mastering the jaunty yet ironic mood of the song!
  • Continue to review the refrain which does feature tricky harmonies in mm. 14-16
  • Please review the final section from our key change (m. 89) to the end of the song, particularly the last page, which some singers are rushing. Keep your 2 Rhythm Block and sing it slowly!
  • If you have not yet done so, please go through the entire song and circle the dynamics, taking note of the contrasts between loud and soft throughout the song, and how they relate to the text. Practice the song while implementing the dynamics.
  • Step to the beat and speak through text with a highly rhythmic and crisp approach, giving extra energy to you “K” consonants and contrast in the mood as you tell this macabre tale
  • Continue to Listen while following along in your score.


  • Thank you for taking the time to review the music without the fun motions! It only required a little bit of work and you had it down! Stay tuned for movements next week, and please continue to review the following:
  1. Sopranos: m. 7, m. 11, m. 15 mm. 43-45 – also remember to check for all sustained notes and to sing through them for their full value, for example m. 16 on “do”.
  2. Altos: m. 7, m. 8, m. 10, m. 12-14 – you must also keep track of longer notes, and be sure to hold the “oh” in measure 13 for its full value to create a dramatic harmony with part 1!
  • Reinforce this song’s complex rhythmic motifs by keeping your 4-Rhythm Block whilst singing or chanting the different sections.
  • Please remember the true literal pronunciation and practice speaking in rhythm:

Koo-see-ma-ma, mee-mee koo-see-ma-ma, nah yoo-pen-doh, nah tai-mah-nee, wa-toh-toh nee kah-ree-boo doo-nee-yah

  • Continue to watch this amazing video from Cantabile’s Spring Concert in 2013 to review the dance moves that you learned!

My Maple Tree and Me

  • Continue to review the measures we sang from the board, by singing in solfege: m. 17, m. 26, m. 30-31, and m. 36.
  • Remember to breathe through all your sustained notes and give them energy and direction – aide this by pointing to the sky as you sing, creating a wheel like motion, or another motion to imply that the phrase is still moving.
  • Continue to look for tied and syncopated rhythms in the song. Practice clapping the rhythm first without the ties, and then add them in, as we did in class this week. When you listen, see how accurate you were!
  • Listen, while following along in your score.

Thula Klizeo

  • Continue to Watch this video, and note that instead of patting, they stomp – something we may (or may not) explore!

Musicianship A

Lovely job improvising your Flower Rhythms, playing and chanting the written Flower Rhythms and composing your own rhythms! You also studied the difference between Key Signatures and Time Signatures, and worked on sight-singing in the key of G major.

  • Singers starting Book 2 should complete pages 13-15 – please make sure you are all caught up to these pages!
  • Singers continuing Book 2 should complete pages 29-30 – please make sure you are all caught up to these pages!

Musicianship B

  • Book 3 singers should complete pages 29-30 – please make sure you are all caught up to these pages!
  • Lovely job improvising water rhythms and splitting into groups to arrange and perform complex rhythmic pieces – next week everyone will be sharing some sight-singing!

**Advanced Intermediate B singers – Below is an assignment from a few weeks ago which I was not able to follow up on due to to my absence and which we did not get to last night – please continue to prepare again for next week, and in addition, write in nature-themed lyrics for each song (careful to make the words fit the rhythms!) write in dynamics and a few articulations to enhance the interest of the songs. **If this is complete, please pick one or two to transcribe and transpose onto Noteflight, in a new key! (for example, take the first piece and rewrite it in the key of F major): 

1. Identify the key of each melody (please note, one is in minor!)

2. Write in as much solfege as you need to sight-sing the song

3. Sight-sing each melody until you feel you have mastered it – be sure to find an accurate starting pitch from either a piano or some sort of instrument at home.

4. Be prepared to sing one with the rest of the advanced group for me next week.

Trivia Answer: Oxford, England!

Have a great weekend! See you next Thursday!



Intermediate B Sight-Singing


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