Choral Music project by Marcella Di Garbo for the Dante Society London
Why music is important
Many people have had the possibility and the privilege of growing up with music. I was one of them and now, as an adult musician, I truly believe in the importance of Music in a child’s life. With this project we want to take the children into a journey of learning, meeting, practicing, performing and, of course, having fun through singing in a choir. The voice is the most unique instrument we can play and the power of many voices teaming together can be an unforgettable experience. In fact this project aims to gather children from 6 to 12 in order for them to learn Italian choral repertoire and be part of the Dante Society with the related activities.
Aim of the Dante Society London is to spread the culture of Italian language to all the people who show this interest. We think that learning through music can be the best way to combine something beautiful with something useful. The Dante choir is open to children of any nationalities and it will focus on Italian repertoire. We want to offer a consistent education where we will explore different type of music, games and activities with rhythm and body movement and of course some vocal technique. A substantial part of the choir course will be dedicated to the Italian language.
Breathing and gentle warm-up of the vocal cords
Classical warm-up in voice with scales and arpeggios
Learn the proper using of Italian vowels
Italian diction for singing
Knowledge of the staccato and the legato
Awareness of the voice range
Canons songs for learning the polyphony (L’ungherese per ballar, Se alla festa vuoi andar, Tombai, Aram Zam zam)
Filastrocche and tongue twists
Music by Andrea Basevi (Io ero triste e muto, L’ago nel pagliaio, Il giocattolo nel barattolo)
Music from the Collection “Se vuoi fantasticar” by Nicola Conci (Com’è bello, Filastrocca dell’alfabeto, I beduini)
Music from the collection “Gli animali nostri amici” by Nicola Conci
Music by Tullio Visioli (Sotto la luna, La pigrizia, Filastrocca dell’altro ieri)