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Greetings, Prep 1 Families!

Thank you for another lovely week of singing and music fun in Prep 1! We are dancing into Spring with songs about insects, animals, trains, lemonade, and see saws, while learning some fundamental music concepts. Enjoy reading about our musical adventures below, and please continue using this blog as a resource for music practice and growth and home!

From Katie and Jazmine

  • We are continuing to explore different zany ways of keeping the steady beat with the songs My Poor Hand Is Shaking, and Wadally Atcha.
  • We walked to the beat and sang each other’s names with the song Sally Go Round the Suna fun song to sing at home with family!
  • We started a new echo song, “I Sing, You Sing” which was a great way for the children to work on basic intonation and finding their head voice. Many of the children sang solos, and the children were also able to distinguish beat from rhythm by clapping the rhythm of the words as they sang!
  • The children distinguished High and Low sounds, AND Loud and Soft sounds with a song “Fleas.” Have your child sing the song for you, and watch out! You may be bitten by that pesky flea!
  • This week and next, we are exploring the song, “On a Log, Mr. Frog,” which is so fun for exploring different animal sounds and movements, and is serving as an excellent introduction to quarter note rest! It also features the pitches sol, la and mi. Stay tuned for a recording next week. In the meantime, enjoy the lyrics and sounds, which is attached below.
  • We galloped in 6/8 to Here We Go Riding Our Ponies! Sing and gallop at home!
  • We started a new recital song If All of the Raindrops! Have your child show you how we open our mouths for the beautiful “Ah”section.
  • We ended with the lovely singing book, “A Hunting We Will Go!” which is also part of the fun game, Grand Old Duke of York, which we will learn next week!!

From Emily:

We had so much fun in our class this week!  We did our first part-singing with our welcome song, I am the Train that Stops for You.  The children sang a “toot toot toot” obstinate while I sang the song.  Continuing with our train theme, we sang Page’s Train, which and we played with faster and slower tempi.  Marieva brought her old fashioned metronome, so we used it to help us set different beats for our song.  The children then helped me create vocal exploration shapes on the board to warm up our high and low voices.

In our continuing work on understanding Beat and Rhythm, we used drums and sticks to hear practice keeping a steady beat and clicking the sticks along with the words of our chant 2,4,6,8.  We learned that sometimes we hear one sound on a beat, and sometimes we hear more than one. The children discovered that they sometimes hear 2 sounds on each beat.  We learned that we can call them Ta (one sound on the beat) and Titi (2 sounds on the beat).  I showed them how to write it on the board, and read the rhythm from the board.  The children then read the opening rhythm of our next song from the board.

We got back on the train with Engine, Engine, Number 9. We worked on keeping the beat in our feet by marching faster and slower while we sang the song.

We worked on ways to show higher and lower sounds in the songs See Saw and Lemonade.

We sang Percy the Pale Faced Polar Bear, and then I taught them the song My Paddle’s Keen and Bright.  The Paddle song is a canon, and once we know it well, we will work on singing it in canon.  Below are recordings of both songs.

On a Log (2)

 

February 27, 2016

Week of February 26th/ Class # 3

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another lovely week of singing and music fun in Prep 1! We are dancing into Spring with songs about insects, animals, trains, lemonade, and see saws, while learning some fundamental music concepts. Enjoy reading about our musical adventures below, and please continue using this blog as a resource for music practice and growth […]
February 12, 2016

Week of February 12/ Class # 2

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another great week of singing and music fun! Please remember that next week, we are off for Ski Week, so there will not be classes. Enjoy this blog as a tool to make music and review songs with your child at home. The first paragraph is for Jazmine’s class (Tuesday Prep 1) and […]
February 5, 2016

Week of February 5th/ Class # 1

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! We had such a lovely first week of Prep 1 Classes here at Cantabile! I have reports of much singing, dancing, and learning, and it was a pleasure to see so many smiling faces, making music together! Please read the three updates below, one from Jazmine (Tuesday Prep 1), one from Emily (Wednesday Prep 1) and […]
November 13, 2015

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another lovely week of rehearsals – the date for our little recital is nearing, and all the children are making great progress! Please note: All Prep 1 and 2 classes are cancelled on Tuesday December 1st, in lieu of our holiday concert dress rehearsal for the Upper Choirs. There will be a catch up rehearsal on Tuesday […]
November 6, 2015

Week of Nov 6th/ Class # 9

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another lovely week of rehearsals – we are covering so many different concepts and activities each week, and everyone is making great progress. Uniforms Please ensure that you have ordered your singer’s uniform –Merry Mart Uniforms tends to sell out of the Prep skirts fairly quickly. Singers will need to be in full Cantabile uniform at the Prep 1 Recitals. Please note […]
October 31, 2015

Week of October 30/ Class # 8

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another great week of rehearsals, which involved some pretty spooky singing! We started off class with some singing favorites: Downright, Upright, Five Little Pumpkins, and Just From the Kitchen, featuring different types of favorite Halloween candies! The children also engaged both their “attic” and “basement” voices by creating different ghost sounds on “wooh.” It is lovely to […]
October 9, 2015

Week of October 9/Class #5

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another great week of rehearsals. This week we learned a fun new song and dance: Bow Wow Wow. Have your child teach you the song and dance! We once again played the African-American circle game Just From the Kitchen. This is a great way to learn everyone’s name. This week, have your child teach the family how to play! […]
October 5, 2015

Week of September 28, 2015/Class #3

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another great week of rehearsals! Today we continued moving and singing to the Spanish Welcome Song: ‘Buenos Dias” Buenos días, buenos días – right hand wave/left hand wave ¿Cómo estás?, ¿Cómo estás? – right hand shake/left hand shake Yo muy bien gracias, yo muy bien gracias – take hands, half turn ¿Y usted? ¿Y usted? – clap-clap-pat, clap-clap-pat […]