Getting Started with Languages

Learning your first song in a language other than your native tongue can be a daunting task. But, fear not! Here are some simple ideas to help you get started singing in foreign languages. Listen and Repeat When you’re working on a song in a foreign language, it is a Read more…

Finding Traditional Songs

I’ll be honest. I don’t like trying to find traditional songs! Ever since I read the ABRSM advice and heard about the poor examiner who had ten renditions of ‘Ten Green Bottles’ on one day, I am super keen to find something different or unusual for my students to sing. Read more…

Review: Sing Musical Theatre

One of the things I had been intending to add in to my blog posts is reviews of new materials. Now I’ve finally been shopping, here’s my first review.     Title: Sing Musical Theatre; Wouldn’t It be Loverly? (Foundation, Grades 1-3) Type of Material: Sheet Music with Backing CD Read more…

Repertoire Corner

Repertoire Corner remains, I am afraid, rather infrequent, but I have some new music that I hope to review over the next few weeks, starting with Lin Marsh’s Serendipidy Solos   The Cuckoo Clock – Lin Marsh [AB(2)] I’m quite new to Lin Marsh’s work, but I’m pleased to say Read more…

Repertoire Corner

  [Introductory Remarks]     He Shall Feed His Flock – Handel [AB(x);LCM(x);TG(x)] Text. [Lyrics] [YouTube] * * * I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls – Balfe (Bohemian Girl) [AB(x);LCMMT(x);TG(x)] Text. [Lyrics] [YouTube]

Repertoire Corner

  Christmas is nearly upon us, so the next few repertoire corner posts will focus on some of the festive music available on the exam lists Sans Day Carol – Anon [AB(x);LCM(x);TG(x)] This song is a bright and jolly alternative to the Holly and the Ivy, and tells the story Read more…

Repertoire Corner

  This week’s songs are both full of joyful music and cheerful thinking – just what we need when the evenings are suddenly that bit darker. Funiculi, Funicula – Denza [AB(x);LCM(x);TG(x)] This is a bright and happy tune which requires a good measure of confidence to bring off. Time should Read more…

Repertoire Corner

  More songs of love this week, but this time they’re taken from two different cultural backgrounds. One is a traditional Antipodean love song, and the other strongly inspired by Russian musical traditions. Pokarekare Ana – Trad. New Zeland (arr. Sarah Class) [AB(3)] This traditional New Zeland song was made Read more…

Repertoire Corner

  Two songs on the “perils of love” this week.     Love Quickly is Pall’d – Purcell [AB(4)] This is a good introductory song for students who are beginning to tackle Baroque repertoire. Purcell incorporates quite a few vocal runs which should be practiced slowly at first to ensure Read more…