Legacy Christian Academy Blog for Parents

Dear Parents,

Welcome to your Weekly Report Blog!

Here you will learn about all that we have covered with your wonderful children during the week.  This blog is updated weekly.  Please check periodically for the updates.

Please note: NO REFUNDS are issued after the program has started and no make ups or pro-rate are offered if a child misses a class.

NOVEMBER 28, 2017 - After a successful performance at both chapel at Legacy and at the Festival of Trees, the Legacy choir met yesterday for their penultimate rehearsal. The students continued working on two Christmas songs, "Love Came Down at Christmas" and "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year." There is one last rehearsal next Tuesday, December 5th and a final chapel performance on the 14th of December.

NOVEMBER 15, 2017  --  Hello! We are ready for our performances Friday and Sunday! This week we practiced getting on and off the risers to make sure the kids feel familiar with who they are standing by and where on the risers they should be standing. We also finalized and practiced all of our fun movements for “I Won’t Grow Up.” Everyone is doing a great job being animated and fun during this song. The movements help! For “Happy,” we start out very strong, but the energy sometimes dissipates by the end of the song. We are working hard to keep up the energy and excitement throughout the whole piece! Otherwise, the kids know it very well and have a lot of fun with it! Just a reminder, we are off-book for our performances! If your kids haven’t already memorized the words to their songs, please help them practice before Friday! The songs they should be prepared for is “Happy,” “I won’t Grow Up,” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

OCTOBER 24, 2017 - The students are making really great progress with their songs so far! Today in class they worked hard on both of their holiday pieces, learning new lyrics and melodies and incorporating the harmony sections they learned last week. They also continued working on "Happy" and "I Won't Grow Up", focusing on perfecting the ends of phrases and adding direction to the musical lines. Just a few finishing touches and the songs will be performance-ready!

OCTOBER 17, 2017 -- Choir was so much fun again!  This week, we wanted to focus on finishing “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Happy,” because we want the kids to be ready to perform them in November! So, we reviewed what we had already learned, and then learned the rest of those songs! We even learned a two-part harmony at the end of “I Won’t Grow Up” which is awesome! Since we have now learned those songs completely, the next step is sharpening them up, making sure they are memorized, and working more on our acting and attitude! We also worked on “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” We focused on a small chunk that is repeated multiple times, with a harmony! These kids are catching on quick!

OCTOBER 10, 2017 -- The choir students had a great rehearsal today. They are working hard and learning quickly, and it is so much fun to see what they are capable of! Today in rehearsal they continued their work on "Happy" which involved the choir singing in two independent parts and working together to fit the different rhythms together just right. The students are rising to the challenge, and I'm excited for you to hear the finished product.

We also began working on our Christmas music, looking ahead to the concerts at the beginning of the holiday season. "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" is going to be a fun piece to present, and also offers the older students the fun challenge of singing in harmony. The choir finished the afternoon looking at a Christmas lullaby called "When Love Came Down." We used this song to practice some music literacy as well as sight-reading skills.

It is such a joy to be able to teach these students every week. They are hard and attentive workers, and it is really paying off!

 

September 26  - This week in choir we accomplished a lot! These kids are doing a great job with their focus and energy, and they have wonderful retention of the melodies and lyrics.

We focused on the same two songs today as last week. In “I Won’t Grow Up” we have already learned almost ¾ of the piece! We worked on the pronunciation of “the” and how to correctly sing an “eeee” vowel.

In “Happy,” we learned the refrain, which is AWESOME, because it is in two parts! Everybody learned BOTH parts and were able to switch it up as directed. We also ventured in to the second verse, and with that we are about halfway through the song!

We are all having a fun time acting out the songs and working on emoting the correct attitude of each piece!

 

September 19 - The Legacy Choir got off to a great start this week! We had 17 students come to our first rehearsal, and they worked hard right from the beginning. The students practiced posture and breathing and learned some simple vocal warm-ups to get ready to sing.

"Happy" by Pharrell Williams was the first song we worked on in choir. The syncopated rhythms were challenging, but the students caught on quickly and learned the first verse. Next, the students began learning "I Won't Grow Up" from the Broadway show Peter Pan. We went over the chorus and first two verses, and even began to add in some facial expressions to match the words! The Legacy students are starting choir out strong, and we look forward to the next nine weeks of class.

Please note:

We do offer private, one-on-one music lessons in the comfort of your home.  So, we suggest to continue your children’s training with one of our outstanding instructors so they don’t have a long gap between lessons, and therefore hinder their progress.

Thank you very much.

Oksana and Staff

www.oksanaschoolofmusic.com


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