Hi all!  It was nice to see you all again this week!  Reminder:  All your online resources can be found in the Google Drive folder with your name, located here:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-Ie3xcfiaa40T6PLYXlfg-WVNK2gDAoe


Michelle:  You’re working on My funny valentine this week.  Breathe when the commas in the text indicate an appropriate time for a pause. Watch out for the diphthongs – turn the diphthong at the last possible time, on the release or the beginning of the next syllable.  Make sure to implode the [t] sound  in words like little – make it sound more like everyday speech (vernacular).  Learn the refrain, and we’ll add the rubato verse next week.  20 minutes a day practice.

Nila:  You’re working on Full Voice p. 10 (correcting the treble clefs at the bottom of the page), and a rhythm counting exercise in your notebook – practice counting and clapping that rhythm until it feels comfortable.  In Maybe, you’re working on taking silent breaths (so you don’t sound surprised in the middle of each line), and engaging your belly muscles when singing.  Remember, soft belly for breathing, firm belly for singing!  15 – 20 minutes a day practice.

Estelle:  Voice focused lesson this week.  We worked on maintaining correct posture while singing, and keeping face relaxed and breath moving in your lip trills exercise.  Keep working on the lip trills to attain more consistency!  In your Full Voice workbook, work towards memorizing the Curwen hand signs and the solfege syllables that go along with them.  Use the major scale resource in your google drive folder to assist.  We began Castle on a Cloud this week.  You’re working on learning verses 1 2 and 3, leaving out the middle portion for now.  There is a learning resource for this in your google drive folder as well.  30 minutes practice daily (15 minutes each instrument).

Hannah:  You’re working on two new pieces of music – Right and Left and Left and Right.  Remember that each piece of music tells you a lot of information so that you can play the right notes:  Stem direction tells you which hand to play – stems up means right hand and stems down means left hand.  There is a diagram to tell you which notes to play with which fingers, and when you’re not at a piano, you can still practice table taps, ok fingers and blooming fingers!  10 minutes a day practice.