September 10, 2015/Rehearsal #3

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September 10, 2015/Rehearsal #3

Greetings, Intermediate Families!

I was very sad to miss my rehearsal with you yesterday, but I have heard wonderful things from Elena and Laney about the work that you did – thank you for doing your very best, as always. Here are some points from yesterday’s rehearsal to work on this week:

Warm-ups:

Please continue practicing the “Longer and Longer Song” (attached) as this is an excellent tool in singing intervals, and familiarizing yourself with the solfege syllables and hand signs. Focus in particular on producing a nice, pure vowel sound for each syllable

Canons and Partner Songs:

I am looking forward to hearing your most recent canon, “Hine ma tov” and also doing the dance – please review the song and movement this week (attached) and think about the overall form of the song – which phrases are the same, which are different, and how are they placed in the song?

Also continue working on “Music Alone Shall Live,” (attached) especially feeling the pulse of 3/4 time. I look forward to trying this in 3 parts next week!

Circle ‘Round the Moon:

Please continue working on the D major scale that many of you have been  at home, and in particular at the two sections in the song where Parts 1 and 2 appear in 3rds, namely measures 41-45, (‘Pale moon”) and again on the last page in measure 58 (“Snowy night”). Please study these measures this week and review your melody. Next week we will iron out these sections and be sure that everyone is secure on their part. Have fun with this song, and make the words and images come alive!

Bidi Bom:

Now that we have worked on this for a few weeks, please start singing through both the Call and Response parts, particularly connecting them into one phrase. Clap and count the rhythm of this song while stepping to the beat, and next week we may be bringing out some drums and tambourines! Please focus on the “Come and dance”sections, and the harmonies we are creating, and continuing striving towards a lovely “bell” sound on the dotted half note “bom”.

Winter Changes/ If the Snow Could Sing: It is time to dive into these songs! Please continue reading through these lovely poems at home, and listen to the attached recording (please allow time for it to load) of If the Snow Could Sing  I look forward to bringing some snow to Los Altos next Thursday! 🙂

Musicianship: Please remember that all Intermediate A singers should be working out of Book 1, this week pages 9-12 – those who have completed Book 1 already should do the attached pages entitled “Book 1 Supplemental” or “Book 2 Supplemental” for those of you who have completed Book 2. Please bring these pages to class next week for Simon to mark. You will not receive a new book until the rest of the class is finished with Book 1. All of Intermediate Honors singers should be working out ofBook 2 this week pages 9-12 – those working ahead should also do the attached pages instead. “Book 2 Supplemental” is for those who have completed Book 2 “Book 3 Supplemental” is for those who have completed Book 3. Please bring these pages to class next week for Simon to mark. You will not receive a new book until the rest of the class is finished with Book 2.   

IMPORTANT NOTE: Margarita Shchemelinina couldn’t find her music red book/notes at the end of today session – if someone picked it up by mistake, please notify me immediately, and bring back next Thursday. Thank you!!

I wish you all a fun and restful weekend, and as always, feel free to write with any questions you might have!

Warmly,

Katie

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