Prelude II Blog

Prep 2 –  Tuesday, Amy

We had a fun and productive rehearsal this week! We learned a new song and dance “Bow, Wow, Wow.” After dancing for a bit, we figured out the rhythm of the song and sang it on rhythm syllables. Next week, we’ll work on putting the notes and rhythm on the staff.
We reviewed our performance pieces – “Fairest Lady,” “We Can Plant a Forest,” and “I Am.”  We are working towards memorization of “Fairest Lady” and “I Am” in the next few weeks.  To help your singer memorize these pieces, please share these videos:
*Please note that we are singing Fairest Lady in unison, but this video has a few sections in two-parts.
Finally, we ended our song with a solo singing game, “No One’s in the House but Dinah.” The singers enjoyed guessing who the “mystery soloist” was each time we played the game.

Prep 2 –  Thursday, Emily

Dear Parents,

Your children are growing musically by leaps and bounds!  I hear more singing, I notice more comprehension of musical concepts, and I notice their mastery of the songs we have been working on.

We have been focused on our musicianship as well as our French songs up to this point, and they are doing great with them.  They are starting to master the Hot Chocolate round, and they really know J’entends le Moulin.  While we will continue to work on those things, we will be turning some of our attention to the songs we will be singing in the all-choir concert in May.  There are 4 songs they will need to know for the concert.  I will be teaching them in class, and I will be providing links to the songs.  Please have your children listen to them often.  The more confident your child feels about the songs, the more fun they will have at the concert.  I want this to be a positive experience for them so they feel encouraged to do it again!

The four songs they need to know are:

I am

We can Plant a Forest

We are a Circle—click on the play button under Audio.

There Has to be a Song

Now to our class!

We started with the song I let her Go-go from Trinidad and Tobago, and then warmed up our voices.  I am having them experiment with different ways to express themselves vocally with the exercise Mama made me mash my M and M’s.

We danced Chicken on the Fence Post, and then derived the melody with solfege and Hand signs.  We put the notes on the tone ladder and sang them all in sequence up and down.  Then I used the tone ladder to show them the beginning of the next song, which was new to them.

They learned a new French Canadian game, The Swallow, and listened for and identified our new rhythm from last week:  Ti-Tiri.  We then identified several rhythms in this song.  We will be using this song in the future to learn about changing time signatures.

The children read a mystery song on the board, which turned out to be Alouette, and then we sang it as a transition to singing our French songs:  Vent Frats, Chocolat Chaud and J’entends le moulin.  The children went home with a worksheet that asks them to fill in the missing notes of Alouette. Please have them bring it back next week so we can see how they are doing with these skills.  Thanks!

We ended our class with the fun dance Zudio.

Thank you for all your help, and I look forward to seeing you next week!

March 25, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #6 Week of March 20, 2017

Prep 2 –  Tuesday, Amy We had a fun and productive rehearsal this week! We learned a new song and dance “Bow, Wow, Wow.” After dancing for a bit, we figured out the rhythm of the song and sang it on rhythm syllables. Next week, we’ll work on putting the notes and rhythm on the staff. We reviewed our performance […]
March 17, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #5 Week of March 13, 2017

Amy – TUESDAY PREP 2 Hello Prep 2 Singers & Families! We had a good rehearsal this week. We started by learning a new folk song and singing game called “Dinah.” Singers took turns being the “mystery soloist” and enjoyed trying to guess who was singing.  After playing the game, we, as a class, wrote out the rhythm of song […]
March 11, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #4 Week of March 6, 2017

Prep 2 Tuesday – Amy It was so wonderful to have two weeks of rehearsal in a row! This week we continued our rhythm review and played a fun “class vs. teacher” style game called Poison Rhythm. I’m proud to say that the singers beat me! We started working on a Zulu piece called “Thula Klizeo“.  This piece has a […]
March 3, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #3 Week of February 28, 2017

Prep 2 –  Tuesday, Amy Hello Prep 2 Families! It was great singing together this week after having a week off! This week we learned a partner clapping game, “Double, Double, Ice, Ice” and after playing it for a bit, figured out the rhythm of the chant and did some work with rhythm reading and recognition.  We reviewed solfege syllables […]
February 18, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #2 Week of February 13, 2017

Prep 2 Tuesday – Amy Hello Prep 2 Families! We had a fun rehearsal singing Valentine’s songs and digging in to more of our choral repertoire.   We played a fun game, “Heel, Toe, On the Line,” where we danced with partners and explored the words “yes and no” in a few different languages. We also sang a song about […]
November 18, 2016

Prep 2 Blog # 10 Week of November 25th

Greetings, Prep 2 Families, Thank you for a great week of rehearsing in Prep 2! The children are working hard in preparation for their recitals, and it is very important that they continue to practice and listen to their songs at home. This is a brief blog which simply reminds you of our recital times, uniform details, and potlucks, and […]
November 11, 2016

Prep 2 Blog # 8 Week of November 11th

Greetings, Prep 2 Families! Recital Season is coming! Please invite friends and family to this special afternoon that showcases many of the fun and enriching musical activities your child has been doing all semester, along with some lovely holiday songs. These will all take place in the Parish Hall at their usual rehearsal location, Foothills Congregational Church, Los Altos. Please […]
November 5, 2016

Prep 2 Blog # 8 Week of October 31st

Greetings, Prep 2 Families! We had an action-packed week in Prep 2, with plenty of Halloween and holiday fun, interspersed with important musical concepts and recital preparation. Thank you for continuing to share this blog with your child each week, in order to practice and prepare at home. Recital Season is Coming! Please Purchase Concert Attire Here: Prep 2 Girls […]