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Praise Hymn Fashions invites you to sing the praises of Rounds Resounding Day. This annual event aims to celebrate the art of singing rounds, or part-songs – with different voices taking up various elements of the melody.
English nursery rhymes Three Blind Mice and Row, Row, Row Your Boat and the Australian song Kookaburra are among the most popular rounds, often sung around the campfire by Scouts and Guides. However, serious composers have also written many songs in this format. The oldest published English part-songs date back to the 17th century. More recently a cappella groups and barbershop quartets have put a whole different spin on singing in the round.
The special day was founded in 1987, to promote singing in harmony.
A great way to mark the occasion is to join forces with family or friends and try singing along with Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, and Michael McDonald!
Days of the Year (2017). Rounds Resounding Day, Retreived from Daysoftheyear.com on August 1, 2017.
One of our favorite days! It combines ingenuity, design, art and music - it's nothing short of amazing and fun!
"It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.
– Johann Sebastian Bach
Well Mr. Bach, what if the instrument you’re working with doesn’t have keys? There are all sorts of instruments in the world, and most of them have keys or strings of some sort. But there are drums that lack both, and instruments like the Theremin that is uniquely bizarre in that to play the instrument, you do not touch the instrument. Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day encourages you to broaden your idea of what an instrument is.
History of Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day
The history of Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day is really just the history of the many types of instruments in the world today, and the less commonly known producers of that music. There are hundreds of instruments you’ve likely never heard of, things like the contrabass balalaika, easily the least unusual of the instruments you can research. It has a large triangular body and is either played with the fingers or leather plectrums.
Another odd type of instrument is the American Fotoplayer, a specific form of player piano that was designed to play out the sound effects during the 19th centuries silent movies. One of our personal favorite unique forms of instruments is the armonica, also known as the ‘bowl organ’ or ‘hydrocrystalophone’. It is an instrument comprised of glass bowls of varying sizes that produce different notes when friction is applied. Think of it as an automated crystal wine glass player. These are just some of the amazing Uncommon Instruments that you can learn about, and they come from a long history of musical tradition in various parts of the world.
How To Celebrate Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day
The easiest way to celebrate Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day is simply to take some time researching the many and varied instruments of the musical world. From the Singing Ringing Tree to the Gameleste, there are more instruments in the world than you can even begin to fathom. Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day encourages you to get out there and learn about them, who knows, you may even find an instrument that calls you to play it. So get out there and explore the musical world, and maybe find yourself a new hobby or passion, it’s high time the world had another high profile Holophonor player."
Sometimes you find yourself in that most difficult of positions, having to navigate your way through two positions of equal delicacy. Maybe you have to find a way to navigate the desires of two family members in an attempt to please both, perhaps you’re a public official trying to do the same for your constituency. Whatever the case, Thread the Needle Day is a day to show respect and appreciation for those who have to do this every day, and encourages those in this position to continue to try to find the middle way.
History of Thread The Needle Day
Thread the Needle Day obviously came from the concept of attempting to navigate ones way through a narrow aperture, such as that on the head of a needle. It isn’t at all uncommon for us to find ourselves in a difficult place between two friends, where extreme politicking is necessary to find a way to satisfy both without becoming the enemy of both. That’s the two ways threading the needle can go, either you slide through the aperture easily, or you get pricked by the other end. Never an envious place to be.
The term is often used by politicians, to describe that metaphorical struggle that is navigating a path through two opposing ideas held by different parts of their constituency. Have you ever found yourself in a position like this? Dealing with family or friends? If so, thread carefully and continue to work to find that way between. It may be difficult, but it’s always worth it. Not every difficult situation must result in a decision made one way or the other, threading the needle allows you to find a delicate path between the two, and if handled correctly, can stitch them together through their similarities.
How To Celebrate Thread The Needle Day
The best way to celebrate Thread The Needle Day is by looking at your life and seeing if you’re dealing with a difficult situation. It happens far too often that we have to deal with them, and even more often that it appears that the only way out is to pick one side or the other. Thread The Needle Day reminds you of the third, more delicate path. Successfully navigated, you can bring together people who were in opposition to each other, and help weld family and friends together where the idea may have previously torn them apart.
In order to perform well, many music educators schedule additional practices just prior to a concert. The increased strain on the voice of singers may actually produce the opposite of the desired effect on the quality of the performance according to a preliminary study published in the March/April 2017 issue of Journal of Singing. As in athletics, early preparation and then tapering rehearsal time as the concert approaches may result in increased vocal quality.
"The results of the current study suggest that a tapered rehearsal schedule may be beneficial for some performers in improving vocal quality, at least as measured by postperformance vocal function. The participant who derived the most benefit from the tapered schedule was an individual who exhibited significant tissue changes during the preperformance exam and thus required additional rest and healing time." (Gorham-Rowan, Paoletti, and Morris, 2017)
Researches studied choirs who tapered rehearsal time by ten percent (10%) each week, up to thirty percent (30%), for three weeks prior to the performance. Additional research should be conducted to explore rehearsal duration and the correlating effects upon performance.
Praise Hymn Fashions is committed to providing excellence in fashion and service and sharing tips for excellence in the classroom and in life for educators. We are an approved vendor in many school districts across the United States and proudly support schools and universities not only with our products, but also by giving back to the education community. To learn more about our children's concert apparel division, visit Ginger Snaps Apparel online.
Gorham-Rowan, M., Paoletti, K., & Morris, R. (2017). Effect of a tapered rehearsal schedule on voice in choir singers. Journal of Singing, 73(4), 391-401. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/docview/1874694784?accountid=12085
Music Ministers are an important part of the spiritual development of the choir member’s life. When compared to other ministers or church leaders, a Music Minister may be investing more time in a church member’s life when rehearsal and worship service time accrue. Is that time used wisely? Are choir members being drawn closer to God and making steps toward Christ-likeness?
In addition, Music Ministers play a role in the greater congregation’s spiritual life. The task of preparing a group of people, mostly volunteers, to sing or play in order to create an atmosphere of worship requires intentionality. Without focused intention, the mechanical components of music (the right notes at the right moment) may become the sole focus of rehearsal and the choir is ill prepared to lead in the spiritual aspects of worship. Music Ministers must ask themselves, “As the congregation participates in the worship service, are they led towards God by the worship cues and attitudes of the choir or praise team? Or are the faces in the choir simply portraying musicianship and not connectedness to the meaning of the song?”
According to Karen Marrolli’s article, “Effective Worship in the Choral Rehearsal” in Choral Journal, the effective Music Minister “connect(s) the singers to the text and connect(s) the text to the music” (Marrolli, 2016). When the singers are connected to the meaning of the song, they are apt to portray worship during the service. If choirs are to portray worship during the service, they also need to worship during the rehearsal. To accomplish this, Karen suggests five ways to connect worship to musicianship during rehearsal. If employed effectively, the entire congregation might worship more as well.
1. Let the Choir in on the Sermon Theme: The article states, “If you don’t engage the choir in where worship is going, they may not process it until somewhere in the middle of the sermon on Sunday morning. You’ve done the hard work of selecting an anthem that fits perfectly with each sermon. Be sure to make your singers aware of important threads in that worship fabric” (Ibid.) Give the choir member more time to meditate on the theme of the service.
2. Get the Singers to Tell You about the Text: “It may be tempting to quickly explain the words of a piece of music to the choir from your own viewpoint, but it can be valuable to have them tell you what the text means….You may hear ideas that you would not have even thought yourself!” (Ibid.)
4. Connect the Text to History: What is the history of the song? What was occurring in history when it was written? Contextualizing the song may bring more meaning to the one signing it.
5. Boil the Text Down to One Word: “Words like ‘struggle,’ ‘repentance,’ ‘prayer,’ and ‘enduring,’ can clarify the underlying idea of the text and influence the way that the choir sings those words” (Ibid.)
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On this National Sewing Machine Day, Praise Hymn Fashions thanks all whose tool of their trade is the sewing machine. Each day, our sewing machines create apparel worn by groups throughout the United States, affording our team a living and inspiring our imaginations to greater designs and styles.
The sewing machine, which revolutionized the clothing industry, is generally considered the invention of Thomas Saint, an Englishman, in 1790. For seamstresses, home sewing machines allowed them to produce clothing for the average person during periods when demand for fitted clothes was low, effectively increasing their earnings. When industrial sewing machines initially became popular many seamstresses working in factories as well as those working at home lost their jobs as it meant that fewer workers could produce the same output.
In the long run, these now unemployed workers would eventually be able to gain employment in jobs created as the clothing industry grew; today, the apparel industry in the United States is $225 billion annually.
In "Fiddler on the Roof," the sewing machine is the "new arrival" that allows Motel and Tzeitel to provide more for their family because Motel is able to sew faster with more consistent stitching. As a result, the young couple, with their newborn, pledge their affection to the new machine. When the original Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof" was produced, "Dear Sweet Sewing Machine" was cut; however, the current cast includes the tune, and in honor of the sewing machine, we share it with you today.
Music Ministers are invited to the Kempke's Music's Music Texas 2017 Conference June 19th - 21st at the DFW Doubletree hotel. "Music Texas is a 3-day Choral Music conference where the top publishers bring their new releases to showcase for you," according to the conference website.
Praise Hymn Fashions loves this conference because it is an opportunity to interact directly with the publisher, learn more about current trends in Worship Ministry, and build camaraderie with other ministers.
This year's Clinicians include:
Praise Hymn Fashions encourages all Music Ministers to attend; registration is completed online or by calling (800) 753-6753.
If you cannot attend the conference in Texas, Kempke's Music is also hosting Music Explosion at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs (an official Disney resort) on July 6th & 7th.