Centennial Vocal Music
Welcome to Week VI!
We had a great start this week with our special guest, Melissa Shriner!
Melissa Shriner sang for us and worked with several of our classmates in a very productive vocal workshop. Though scary learning voice in front of our peers, I thought excellence progress and helpful tips were given.
Wednesday we continued sight reading on pg 28 ex.33. We took care of administrivia with paper work and history notes. Some in class went to the band room to work on Anybody Find Me Somebody to Love, while others who needed help with the unit 2 lesson on rhythm worked with Mr. Braun. Thursday we will finish the unit 2 rhythm unit and take up the history notes with each both the grade 9 and 10 students.
I am looking forward to Friday's 6th Freelance Performance. Remember, no fear, take a deep breath, relax, then go for it!!
Welcome to Week V
This was a shorter 4 day week. Good progress was made on Unit 2 theory. A number of students with theory background were able to complete the unit early and move across the hall to work on 'music making' while the rest of class continued question by question to complete the unit as a class. The composer's workshop became due for Thursday. Our 5th Freelance performance was a great success with new voices being added to our mix.
We continued with sight singing. It's exciting to see our whole class making concrete steps in learning to read music. It seems tedious at times, but hang in there, the long term gain will be so satisfying.
Welcome to week IV,
The class is continuing to make excellent vocal progress. We are working through our Sight Singing book with good success. The sight singing revolves around the pitches for do, mi, and so. Rhythms include whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes and quarter rests. Reminders of good posture help students to breath well so that they can be ready to sing with confidence.
We have now completed unit 1 theory on notation and have introduced unit 2 on rhythm.
Find Me Somebody To Love has provided us with a great opportunity to explore the 5 part harmony of Glee. Hard to do at first, but so satisfying when you can hear the harmony all around you.
This week Alex, Molly, Wren, Melyssa, and Greg sang really well on our 4th recorded performance. Special congratulations to Wren on singing her own song!
Welcome to Week III.
I would first like to congratulate Alex, Melyssa, Makenna, Greg and Hallie for their excellent performances on Friday. So well done!
Sight singing is going well. Students are taking more risks in singing confidently and taking more risk to try and lead their part.
We introduced the 12/8 rhythm of the Afro Celtic Diddle and had great success using accented rhythms to create a chant like meditative 4 part rhythmic round.
Students are having good success as demonstrated on their unit 1 theory test with basic music notation. Students who didn't do well on their test had the opportunity to resubmit their test with all corrections made for an upgraded mark.
Welcome to week II
Warm ups now include 4 part singing in Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. Using the numbers 1-9 students are able to associate a pitch with a number which helps them to hold their part while hearing other parts in their ears.
We have also learned a 4 part African tune called Ndi Sophonono where by ear students learned to be confident on their own part while hearing other parts.
Congratulations are in order for Maxsene, Molly, Ashlynne, and Melyssa for breaking the ice once again with outstanding performance on our Freelance Recorded Performance # 2
Welcome to Week I
A hearty welcome to the first week of vocal music! With out too many words being said we engaged right away in using our voices and discovering who was in class. The name game followed by simple vocal warm ups and some part singing exercises helped get us off to a great start.
Students should have in their notes a course outline, and their first instructional sheet on how to fill out a vocal journal which will become due every Monday.
Mr. Braun introduced a song entitled Ndi Sophonono to get everyone into the mood of some solid African 4 part singing. It was a little daunting for grade 9's at first, but very quickly everyone warmed up to some good supported singing.
We had our first Freelance Recorded Performance. Thank you so much to Alex and Greg for getting things started. Remember these Friday's are open to everyone. NO FEAR - take a risk and discover the joy of singing without fear for your peers. Remember to sign up by Wednesday midnight to be included on the Friday roster. I would also like to thank Wren Boehlen who will be heading up the recording of our Friday performances and uploading the performances to our website.
Welcome to week VII
This week we have been working primarily on 'Find Me Somebody To Love'. Though the harmonies are difficult we are making very good progress. Thank you to Ashlynne, Greg, and Mikayla for doing a fine job with the solos so far.
We had a celebration of Unit 2 Rhythmic knowledge today. Many students did very well. Remember, when we take up the test you may resubmit your taken up test for credit towards your test mark. It's all about taking your knowledge of the material up a notch one day at a time. Help me help you make your mark grow:)
Our special feature this week was certainly Wednesday's class with special speaker Mr. Shim Burstyn. He shared his love of music and helped us connect with where music must come from - our soul . . . connected and communicated through our breath all the way to our feet.
We look forward to our Freelance recorded performances # 7 tomorrow!
Week VIII has held some exceptional high lights! Melissa Shriner was in class on Tuesday doing some amazing vocal coaching with some of our singers. What a treat to see so many taking the rusk of engaging in a one on one experience with Melissa in front of your piers. Excellent results all around. Melissa commented on how many wonderful strong singers we have in class. I agree. 'Find Me Somebody To Love' is making good progress again. We will be testing your ability to find your own vocal pitches for the beginning of the song off of Alex's solo note on middle C. Remember, sopranos are up a -6 from C, altos start up a -3 from C, tenors grab the same note, and bases are down a +3 from C. Also in quartets you will be performing our national anthem. You may divide up the melody and be ready to sing with confidence, good posture, diction and centered tuning. You may opt to record alone if the nerves can't handle the public eye of your peers just yet. There will be a mid term written test next week Wednesday that will include Unit 1 and 2 theory, some questions from your Unit 1 history notes, and some details regarding good vocal performance from your Sight Readying books.
Welcome to week IX. We have enjoyed another great week of music making. Confidence in sight reading continues to grow as we work through Nancy Telfer's Successful Sight Singing Book I. We are now on page 40 and moving along well. I'm particularly iimpressed with the risk taking involved in voice leading to be able to sight read in two and three parts. Find Me Somebody To Love has gone really well featuring several solo voices in class. We will now give this a bit of a rest. O Canada is the theme for the next 3 recorded performances. Solo a' capella is the first assignments, followed by small ensemble in two or three parts, followed by solo performance with piano accompaniment. I'm very interested in the singer who is able to demonstrate a supported sound above their individual break for a taste of mid voice performance. Remember, stretch, and go for it.
Welcome to week X
We are now at the mid way point in the semester. This week O Canada will be recorded in small ensembles as your test piece. An introduction to writing major scales and key signatures will be given.
We sight read though a couple of new pieces including 'Slow me Down' by Emmy Rossum and Can You Hear by Jim Papoulis.
Keep up the good work.
Remember, when preparing O Canada you need to keep diction at the for front of your rehearsal process. This will automatically help you to keep your sound supported properly while working new parts.
Welcome to Week XI
Wow, what progress . . . . 9's and 10's have split into two ensembles to prepare a self directed piece for the Winter concert. Great things are happening. Special mention goes to Maxsene Morgan who has discovered her mid voice. Special mention also to Melina Driver for really stepping out for a beautiful solo line. I'm also very impressed with Kristen's leadership and guitar playing with the 10's. The collaborative and supportive work of each singer is truly satisfying and a pleasure to watch.
Next week we delve into the world of Oratorio with a great opportunity to hear and watch 5 professional singers rehearse through Saint Saens' Christmas Oratorio.
Have a great weekend and continue to explore your head voice and mid voice with good breathing and lots of high siren like sounds. Keep jaw relaxed, tongue down, and make music:)
Use this space to catch up with what's been happening in class.