Greetings, Intermediate Singers!
On behalf of Matthew, Simon, and me, thank you for another great rehearsal, and thank you to all the parents who made it to our Parent Orientation – it was great to see so many familiar faces, and to meet many new families! Even in our second week, I can see we have a very special group of singers who care deeply about music and their quality of performance. I am very excited for a great year of singing, musicianship, and building a close community of musical friends!
Parents: A Word about Carpooling
Please use this spreadsheet to both request and offer carpooling to and/or from weekly rehearsals, events (eg. Retreat) and concerts. The more of our families that use this resource, the more useful it will be to our community. If you can offer a carpool – please add yourself to the list.
Trivia Question: What does the “J.S” stand for in J.S Bach?
Action Items for this Week:
- Review the two canons we have worked on: All Things Shall Perish, and Now I Walk in Beauty, along with the movements which tie in so well with the phrasing of the music.
- Please review the pronunciation for Bist du bei mir (below) particularly the “ich” laut, and remembering that in German the “w” sounds like an American “v,” and a German “v” sounds like an American “f!” There are other such discrepancies we will go over next week. Continue to listen whilst following along in your score, and decide when you think the phrases are longer and more legato (one step every four measures), and when they are shorter, with more emphasis on each beat (3 steps per measure).
- Listen to the The Moon, one of the two songs we started last week, while following along in your score. Focus on hearing your vocal part (Part 1 or Part 2) and write down some images which come to mind from the lovely poetry and piano interludes. Think about singing a beautiful, pure “oooh” whenever the word “moon” appears, and feel the sound resonating and spinning out the top of your head!
- Listen to Sing with Pleasure while following along in your score. Focus on hearing your vocal part (Part 1 or Part 2) and take note of the form we discovered the piece to be in: AABBCCA: How do the sections differ from one another, and how does Handel use dynamics to add contrast to the song? Listen for the raised 4th (fi) and 5th (si)- we will talk about what this means in the coming weeks! Also read up on the great composer of this song: Handel!
- Prepare for another new song for next week: Mid-Winter, while following along in your score.
- Review our vocal warm-ups – Flee-Flay-Flah-Floh-Floo
And “Follow Me,”
aiming for a light and pure sound, free from tension, with pure and vertical vowels, floating out the top of your head.
- For those of you who have not yet done so, please print, complete and bring back the attached All About Me sheet for our next rehearsal. It will be great fun to share these with one another in the coming weeks!
- Review our Rhythm Block Body Warm-up, and watch the fabulous Keith Terry reviewing it in slow motion.
Excellent work reading and playing your Fruit Rhythms! You practiced writing the C major scale, and you did a great job working on your sight-singing with the canons “Alleluia,” and “Watermelon Berries” This week, singers working out of Book 1 should complete pages 5-8, and singers working out of Book 2 should complete pages 3-4. Please complete and give to Simon first thing when you arrive next Thursday.
- Excellent work reading and playing your Sports Rhythms! You also practiced writing the C major scale and the G major scale, and singing the I, IV and V triads in these keys. You also did a great job working on your sight-singing with the canon “The Upward Trail,” and “The Bells and Westminster.” This week, singers working out of Book 3 should complete pages 3-4. Please complete and give to Simon first thing when you arrive next Thursday.
Singers who have completed Book 3: As your first assignment on Noteflight, I would like you to do the following:
- Make sure your log-in works (first name and first letter of last name) with password cantabile2016
- Watch the tutorial video.
- Create a new score in treble clef, and transcribe (copy)the song above, All Things Shall Perish, including the lyrics! This is to help you become familiar with the different tools. Please email me with questions.
Trivia Answer: Johann Sebastian!
Have a wonderful week, and we look forward to seeing you next Thursday!
Katie, Matthew, and Simon