2019-2020 Lesson 6 of 16 (October 15, 2019)

Theory

Please complete pages 33-38

GREAT WORK ON THIS MAYA!

RCM Repertoire

Please memorize Wiegenlied for next lesson. Keep referring to the video of the German that we made together!

Translation

Please refer to this translation as you are working on memorizing Wiegenlied! It’s much better than the one in the book:

Sleep, baby, sleep,
Thy father guards the sheep,
Thy mother shakes the little trees,
There falls down one little dream.
Sleep, baby, sleep!

Sleep, baby, sleep,
The sky draws the sheep,
The little stars are the little lambs,
The moon, that is the little shepherd,Sleep, baby, sleep!

Sleep, baby, sleep,
I shall give you a sheep
With one fine golden bell,
That shall be thy journeyman,
Sleep, baby, sleep!

2019-2020 Lesson 5 of 16 (October 8, 2019)

Theory

Please complete pgs 28-32

RCM REP

Pleas continue working on the German for Wiegenlied! You’re almost there! Pay close attention to the crisp German consonants.

Continue working on your two English pieces as well. Make sure you’re singing with your full voice on “Wings of an Eagle.”

2019-2020 Lesson 4 of 16 (10/1/2019)

Theory

Please complete pages 24-27 (optional pg. 28)

Feel free to complete as many pages as you can if you want to keep going through the book!

RCM Repertoire

Keep going over the German pronunciation from our video last week.

Review the music for On the Wings of an Eagle, Wiegenlied, and the Wizard of Oz.

Other Rep

We will get back to other repertoire next week after we finish learning the RCM pieces!

GREAT WORK MAYA!

2019-2020 Lesson 3 of 16 (September 26, 2019)

Theory

Please complete pages 20-23

GREAT work on your pages from last week!

RCM Repertoire

For RCM this fall, we will be working on Wiegenlied, We’re off to See the Wizard, and On the Back of an Eagle. Please watch and study the German pronunciation of Wiegenlied. Familiarize yourself with the music of all 3 pieces and we will get to work on them next week!

2019-2020 Lesson 2 of 16 (9/17/2019)

Theory

Please complete pages 15-19 in your theory book!

Das Veilchen

Continue engaging your body! Sing on your siren! :)

RCM

Please listen to the accompaniments of the songs from your RCM book and circle the songs you like in your table of contents. We will choose RCM rep for you next week!

CREDIT: Lessons 3-5

Repertoire Assignments

Hi Maya— :)

  • For next lesson, can you find a translation of Mozart’s “Das Veilchen” online and write the translation into your score?

  • Please continue to listen to Mozart’s version of “Das Veilchen” to internalize the tune. I am uploading a couple beautiful renditions below.

  • Please practice your german pronunciation with the video below.



2019 Lesson 2 of 5 (8/19/2019)

Repertoire Assignments

Hi Maya— :)

  • For next lesson, can you find a translation of Mozart’s “Das Veilchen” online and write the translation into your score?

  • Please continue to listen to Mozart’s version of “Das Veilchen” to internalize the tune. I am uploading a couple beautiful renditions below.

  • Please practice your german pronunciation with the video below.



2019 Lesson 1 of 5 (August 5, 2019)

Warm-ups

Maya and I worked on her breath support today. We talked about what it means to breathe all the way into her toes. We also sang through her high range (she sang all the way to a high-d!)

Singing

Maya and I reviewed “What it Means to be a Friend” and worked on the higher “belty sections.” We talked about singing on the air and not pushing!

Repertoire Assignment

Maya-please listen to as many versions of “Das Veilchen” (Mozart) that you can find online! I want to work on this when I see you next and want you to have the tune in your ear.

So good to see you!

2018-2019 Lesson 14 (6/11/2019)

Warm-ups

Today Maya and I worked on approaching the top of her voice in today’s warm ups. We talked about not lifting out of her spine, while simultaneously dropping her jaw.

Singing

Maya and I sang through “What it Means to Be a Friend,” which I hope she can sing for people this summer as she travels!

Repertoire Selection

I asked Maya if she would listen to Mozart’s “Das Veilchen” while we are taking a break from lessons the next couple weeks, so that we can start working it into her voice when we get back from traveling.

More to come…

Please stay tuned for another blog post with “Summer Music Listening” suggestions.

2018-2019 Lesson 13 (6/7/2019)

Maya and I worked on the song for her final recital today! We are working on Jason Robert Brown’s “What it Means to be a Friend.” We are working on Maya’s diction and connection to the text in this song. We re-wrote some of the lyrics as an exercise to keep her feeling like every sentence feels “real” to her. Great work Maya!

2018-2019 Lesson 12 (5/28/2019)

Maya and I prepped for her RCM exam today! A couple things to remember for Friday:

  1. While you sing through your songs for the judges, keep your eyes alive and smiling! It will keep your sound present and audience engaged in what you’re saying!

  2. Practice keeping your rib cage up and proud! You can practice this at home by lifting your hands to your shoulder level while singing!

  3. Please Review major arpeggios (Do-Mi-Sol-Mi-Do)

  4. Please review hearing/singing octaves! Remember the tune for octaves is “Somewhere over the Rainbow!”

You’re going to be great, Maya!

2018-2019 Lesson 7 (4/18/2019)

Today Maya and I worked on her aural skills for her RCM examination in May.

*Aural Skills and Theory assignment for the week:

Please practice the sight-singing exercises that I gave you. Look for exercises that do not start on “Do,” but rather “mi” and “sol.” Practice by only allowing yourself to hear “do” on the piano, and then finding “Mi” and “Sol” from “Do.”

Maya and I also worked on her Italian pronunciation for “Ma bella bimba.” She can refer to the video below as she begins to practice this song.

2018-2019 Lesson 5 (4/2/2019)

Today for Vocal Technique, Maya and I practiced keeping her shoulders relaxed during inhales and exhales. We also talked about her “sigh/cry” sound, taking full breaths, and making sure that she doesn’t push her voice to a tiny place in the front of her mouth.

For music theory, I gave Maya some pages for sight singing, which I encouraged her to practice with solfege and conducting throughout the week. We are also doing a lot of interval ear training work. Maya is able to recognize minor 3rds, major 3rds, perfect 4th, and octaves!