Dear KYC*2 families,
I couldn’t believe my ears when I first heard this amazing group of singers when they were warming up. WARMUPS! What an absolutely beautiful tone these 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are capable of! Please encourage your kids to think of catchy names for their choir and bring those ideas next week.
We had a wonderful music-filled day, which I’ll talk about later on. But first I want to tell you about pie. Yes, just like Harold and the Purple Crayon, KYC*2 likes all 9 kinds of pie best. Apple, blueberry, huckleberry, blackberry, lemon, chocolate – well that’s only six kinds, but you get the idea. The choir gelled beautifully, just like the best lemon meringue pie you’ve ever seen.
I will be continuing to do auditions through September, and could easily double the choir’s size, but if we stayed this size (including the folks who missed rehearsal yesterday), it would be just right.
Now onto music…
I hope your kids are all singing Bananas, a wonderfully catchy song that has ukulele accompaniment. We conga-lined out the door at the end of rehearsal! Its message is simple, fun and truly inclusive uniting ALL cultures in the enjoyment of bananas! We’ll be learning the Spanish words this semester.
KYC*2 also learned Haida (yes, the whole song), the A sections of First Snow. While we were learning first snow, we talked about systems, dynamics, clefs, and meter (just ask your kid). This piece doesn’t actually have a consistent meter (which is a concept some kids grasp, and others will learn).
In Acre of Land, we played a guessing game where I sang one measure, and they had to find the measure I sang in the music. Then they learned only two phrases in the song. Together, we sang the whole song through and every time those two phrases came up in the song, it was the choir’s job to sing them, and my job to sing the other parts of the song. This kind of music learning builds reading skills, listening skills, and trust within the self, and within the ensemble.
Thank you for making drop-off and pick-up so easy! Making music is the most fun part of the day, but logistics are sometimes the most difficult to manage, and families and singers all did beautifully.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone next week! We will start promptly at 5:15pm, and for those involved in Brundibar, we will NOT start rehearsals next week, we will wait until September 20th.
Thanks again, everyone! As always, if you have questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at 603-499-3505.