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Prep 2 Blog # 2/Week of Sept. 23rd

Greetings, Prep 2 Families,

Thank you for another great week in Prep 2 Chorus! We are focusing a lot on developing the singing voice, reviewing key melodic and rhythmic elements, and most importantly, getting to know one another. Thank you for continuing to use this blog as a tool for your child to do continued practice at home!

Katie and Jazmine’s Blog (Monday and Tuesday Prep 2) – Theme – Insects in My Garden!

Rehearsal Recap:

  • We welcomed one another with the lovely partner dance with Spanish text, Welcome Bienvenidos. The movements are fast-paced and fun, and it demonstrated great coordination and maintaining of the steady beat!
  • The children had a great time passing Bernie the Bee, singing their name, and joining the percussion circle with the game Hickety Tickety Bumble Bee. This is a great opportunity for the children to build confidence as soloists, and to work on their intonation and passing to the steady beat!
  • The children stayed in the percussion circle to play and chant the names of various insects. Then the singers took turns rearranging the order of the rhythm cards, to create new compositions! The rhythms we reinforced were tah, ti-ti, tiri-tiri and ti-tiri.
  • The children took turns leading Insect Vocal Explorations – they are really starting to engage their head voices!
  • The children sang a favorite warm-up in Prep 2: Bumble Bee – they love taking turns to lead the warm-up, and picking new consonants to create silly words!
  • We worked on solfege by singing up and down the F-doh Solfege ladder. Then the children derived the melody for last week’s canon, Make New Friends, which they then sang in beautiful 2-part harmony, with movements.
  • The children learned a new canon with body percussion, the English canon White Coral Bells.
  • The singers then learned a fun new song and circle dance, Oats and Peas and Barley Grows
  • Katie’s class worked on Piglet’s Christmas, especially the recurring “tra-la-la” part. Then we learned the Calypso rhythm in Jamaican Noel, and clapped it while singing the song and chanting “snyco-pa-cha!”
  • We ended class with the Norwegian circle game, Grizzly Bear.
  • Jazmine’s class worked on the Italian carol, Dormi, Dormi, and played Bluebird.
  • This week, please listen to all the songs above, and a new song we will start in a few weeks, Ocho Kalendikas. This is a song written by Flory Jagoda in Ladino and the third verse references “pastelikos” filled with almonds and honey.  For further reading about food referenced in Sephardic song, check out this website:
  • Please also complete your insect rhythms homework!

Emily’s Blog (Thursday Prep 2)

  • We had a very exciting class this week where we starting learning to write rhythms, as well as learning about the tone ladder.
  • We started our class with All Around the Kitchen, where each child contributed a movement.
  • Next we did the chant 2, 4, 6, 8. The children derived the rhythm and wrote it on the board. They then helped create rhythms for us all to read on the board.
  • We played the game Lemonade and reviewed the notes So and Mi. We learned that they are a skip apart, and we put the notes on our tone ladder.
  • We played Snail, Snail and added La to our tone ladder. Then we composed songs using the tone ladder.
  • We played Lucy Locket, and then learned the game Circle Round the Zero.
  • We ended with Mouse, Mousie, which we will use to learn a new concept very soon!

Have a great weekend!
Katie, Jazmine, and Emily

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