Junior Voices at home

Hi Junior Voices

I’m missing seeing you every Tuesday to sing together so I am sending you a song to keep you singing while at home.

Take careand keep singing!


This week I have a quiz for you

… and new song that I would like you to learn – Smile, let me know how you get on

Take careand keep singing!


Click this link for the singing track

It would be great if you could look at this. You all know how mixed up I get with my hand signs when we do pieces like this so I challenge you to add the hand signs once you are familiar with the tune. I too will practise the hand signs and be as good as you when we meet again….or will I??!

There is one hand sign in this piece which we haven’t done in our warm ups? Can you find which one it is and find out what hand position you would need to do?

The song starts off all together but then splits into 2 parts. If you sang the ahhs in Best that you can be or the harmony part in There’s a power in the music, would you learn part 2 please.

Those of you who sang the tune in these pieces can look at part 1. If you have forgotten which part you sang don’t worry: just pick a part to learn.

If you have siblings in the choir, you could learn a part each and then sing it together.

Take careand keep singing!


Click this link for the singing tracks

The Challenges for after half-term and following week are very different from what you’ve had before.

They’re for ALL PLAYERS and SINGERS – have a go and enjoy yourself!


They’re PERCUSSION CHALLENGES, specially written for us by Andres, SDMC’s Percussion Teacher. Here’s our suggestion how you might start:

  • Everyone listen to the first clip below. Andres demonstrates various rhythms on a range of kitchen utensils (voice 1, voice 2, etc)
  • Choose one line; practise the rhythmic phrase; then play along with the video clip.
  • Try some of the suggestions at the end of video.
  • Record what you’ve done and send it to us for your £1.
Clip One
Cooks Waltz – Audio Track

We’d like as many as possible to have a go at Cook’s Waltz.

Start by watching the short video which Andres has made for us.

Now here are 10 Steps to getting the best video of your performance.

  1. Pick your part (voice).
  2. Select your ‘instrument’ (from whatever you have in the kitchen).
  3. Get used to how it makes a sound.  Does it make different sounds if hit in a different way or place? Does it need to be shaken in a certain way?
  4. Watch the video demonstrations and play along getting used to your part. Do this as many times as you need. Practice Makes Perfect.
  5. Find a place to do your recording. (Make sure it is not noisy; make sure there is nothing that shouldn’t be there: yesterday’s clothes, little brother etc)
  6. If you can, get someone to record you using a phone camera playing along to the backing track or video.
  7. If you are on your own set your phone to selfie mode, then do a practice run and then record as above.
  8. For best results play along to the backing track or video using another device with headphones on.
  9. If you make a mistake, don’t stop keep going: it is a live video.
  10. Pick your best recording and get your parents to email or WhatsApp Helen.  Then sit back and wait for the full performance to be sent out with you on it!

Remember you will have earned a £1 for being part of this fun project.  For more of a challenge try recording a different part and send it (maximum of five per person!).

In order to encourage all our SDMC singers (of whatever level), we will award you £1 each time you send in a very short video clip of your singing. This could be part of one of the songs you’ve learned in choir or something else. Ideally it will show some of the skills you’ve learned in choir (good vowel sounds, clear words, dynamics, etc). Please email your videos to coordsdmc@hotmail.co.uk or Whatsapp (to 0 7886 010 1417)

The money will be credited to your name and you’ll be able to receive the money when music centre resumes. Since this is not likely to be for a few weeks, you have the opportunity of increasing your pocket money as well as improving your singing. There will be an additional bonus for players who do this every week. This is funded from the Duffield Award.