First Experiences in Singing (FES)

FIRST EXPERIENCES IN SINGING

An introduction to vocal instruction from an award-winning children’s chorus.

Children are introduced to the wonder and excitement of singing and key music concepts in First Experiences in Singing (FES), a non-auditioned, non-performing class for 6-7-year-olds.

 

New singers develop vocal and musical skills, are exposed to general tonal and rhythmic concepts, and introduced to bel canto singing.

 

Through the FES program, children

 

  • gain experience and confidence singing in bel canto technique in group, small group, and solo settings;
  • learn tonal and rhythmic skills through Kodály-based sequential lessons, from master teachers;
  • become familiar with high-quality folk songs, singing games, and dances;
  • demonstrate the skills learned through a final demonstration for parents, family, and friends, followed by a social gathering.

LEVELS OF FIRST EXPERIENCES IN SINGING

LEVEL I

 

In the first level of FES, children will explore the joy of singing.  Vocal production based in head tone or the upper voice will be explored through simple exercises (sirens, animal sounds, etc.) as well as songs.  Additionally, the concepts of pitch, pulse, rhythm, pitch, solfege (so, mi, la, do), and the music staff are explored through kinetic, visual, and aural games.

LEVEL II

 

Along with reinforcing all previous concepts learned in Level II, children will learn to create bel canto vowels through the use of American folk songs.  The additional solfege syllable (re) will be introduced.  Full body breathing will be taught.  Additional rhythmic note values, time signatures, and conducting will be introduced.  Introductory experiences in rhythmic and melodic dictation (translating aural patterns to the written music staff), will be presented. Dynamic contrast will be experienced through aural examples and games. Joyous self-expression is deepened.

LEVEL III

 

While reinforcing all previous concepts, children will practice vocal exercises that develop a blended choral sound and establish a foundation for healthy vocal production. Musical scales, tempos, and partner songs will be explored. The extended Do pentatone will be completed with the introduction of High Do. Staff dictation examples are drawn from class repertoire. Kinetic activities and listening examples continue to provide engaging experiences while deepening musical understanding. Additional activities assist children in finding their artistic voice.

FES Class Schedule

FES FALL 2017

 

LEVEL I

Registration deadline: September 6, 2017
Classes Every Wednesday, 4:15-5:00 pm, starting September 27, 2017             (8 weeks)

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LEVEL II*

Registration deadline: August 23, 2017
Classes Every Wednesday, 5:15-6:00 pm, starting September 13, 2017             (10 weeks)

*Pre-requisite: FES LEVEL I

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FES WINTER 2018

 

LEVEL I

Registration deadline: TBD
Classes Every Wednesday, 4:15-5:00 pm, starting January 24, 2018                    (8 weeks)

LEVEL II*

Registration deadline: TBD
Classes Every Wednesday, 5:15-6:00 pm, starting January 10, 2018                   (10 weeks)

*Pre-requisite: FES LEVEL I

FES SPRING 2018

 

LEVEL III*

Registration deadline: TBD
Classes Wednesdays, 5:15-6:00 pm, starting March 21, 2018                               (10 weeks)
*Pre-requisite: FES LEVELS I & II

FES SUMMER 2018

 

LEVEL I

Registration deadline: TBD
Classes Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:15-5:00 pm, starting July 9, 2018               (8 weeks)

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