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Karen Surmani

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Karen Surmani

Karen Farnum Surmani taught elementary music for several years in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She had a very successful program as an itinerant vocal and general elementary music teacher at LAUSD, teaching pre-kindergarten through 6th grade classes at multiple schools. Karen has extensive training in early childhood music teaching and has also taught middle school and at the University of Southern California. An accomplished classical vocalist, Karen has performed in venues around the world and continues to sing professionally. She is also a private voice teacher who has taught many talented students.

An Orff certified music teacher, Karen is a member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Music Educators National Conference, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, National Association for the Education of Young Children, and is a licensed Kindermusik educator. Karen received a Bachelor of Music degree and a K-12 music teaching credential from California State University, Northridge. She has also earned a Masters in Music Education degree from the University of Southern California. Karen resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Andrew, and their two sons.

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Andy Beck, Karen Farnum Surmani, and Brian Lewis : Sing at First Sight, Level 2 : 01 Songbook & 1 CD :  : 038081340333  : 00-31264

Andy Beck, Karen Farnum Surmani, and Brian Lewis : Sing at First Sight, Level 2

Review: The Reproducible Companion/CD kit for the second level of Alfred's popular sight-singing curriculum is now available! This sequential sight-singing text introduces new music reading concepts using both rhythmic and pitch exercises, plus actual excerpts from real choral music. The new Reproducible Companion/CD offers additional exercises, activities, and assessments, plus a CD with accompaniments and ear training lessons.

Chapters: Singing in Minor, Chromatics , 2-Part, 3-Part, and 4-Part Harmony, Major and Minor Intervals, Changing Meter , Sixteenth-Note Patterns

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6660b | Songbook & 1 CD $39.95 Sightsinging Material


Andy Beck, Karen Farnum Surmani and Brian Lewis : Sing at First Sight Level 2 : 01 Songbook :  : 038081314310  : 00-28448

Andy Beck, Karen Farnum Surmani and Brian Lewis : Sing at First Sight Level 2

Review: Sing at First Sight is a sequential sight-singing curriculum for all choirs! This Level 2 book opens with a comprehensive Rhythm Review and Pitch Practice reinforcing the concepts studied in Sing at First Sight, Level 1. Each of the four units that follow features a helpful Getting Ready page, progressive Rhythm Readiness exercises, and thorough music-reading Lessons with practice Exercises, useful Hints, and motivating Challenge Exercises. Unit summary and assessment is easily achieved with choral excerpts from Alfred's Choral Designs series, fun-filled Review games, and Evaluating Your Performance questions. Plus, Alfred has included a full-length Performance Piece to measure and celebrate your choir's sight-singing progress, and then perform in concert.

Chapters: Singing in Minor, Chromatics , 2-Part, 3-Part, and 4-Part Harmony, Major and Minor Intervals, Changing Meter , Sixteenth-Note Patterns

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6654b | Songbook $7.95 Sightsinging Material


Karen Surmani : Singing 101 - A Contemporary Approach to Singing : 01 Book & DVD :  : 038081343884  : 00-31906

Karen Surmani : Singing 101 - A Contemporary Approach to Singing

Review: Singing 101 starts with the very basics and gets you singing right away. Every lesson in the book is explained and performed by the instructor on the DVD. It's just like taking a class in the privacy of your own home. If you're new to vocals and want a grasp of the fundamentals so you can start singing your favorite songs, pick this up today!

Chapters: Introduction, How to Read Music, Breathing, Singing Posture, Vowels, Vocalizing, The Tongue and Throat, D.C. al Fine or Da Capo al Fine, The Jaw, Incomplete Measures, Repeat Signs, Singing Vowels and Consonants, 6/8 Time Signature, Matching Pitches, Vocal Space, The Fermata, Energy , Breath Marks, More About Breathing, Vocal Resonance, Higher Pitches, Musical Expression, Dynamics, Legato and Staccato

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5431b | Book & DVD $19.95 Beginning Singing


Karen Surmani : Sing At First Sight - Reproducible Companion CD Kit : 01 Book & 1 CD :  : 038081259598  : 00-23833

Karen Surmani : Sing At First Sight - Reproducible Companion CD Kit

Review: Augment your sight-singing curriculum with this well-written supplemental textbook which directly correlates to the lessons taught in Alfred's popular Sing at First Sight method. Includes over 80 reproducible pages of additional exercises, activities, and assessments designed to strengthen the music reading skills of developing musicians. A listening CD provides ear training activities and recorded accompaniments for the six end-of-unit songs. Plus, a handy appendix with easy-to-follow charts and diagrams of music fundamentals. The Reproducible Companion is highly effective when used with Sing at First Sight; on a routine basis after each of the 24 sequential lessons; as needed to master challenging musical concepts; or as a general review following the completion of the original textbook. Logically layed out in a 96 page spiral-bound book, ready for the photocopier!

Chapters: Rhythm Exercises, Pitch Exercises, Written Activities, Ear Training, Assessment, Answer Key

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6338b | Book & 1 CD $39.95 Sightsinging Material


Karen Surmani : Teach Yourself To Sing : 01 Book & 1 CD :  : 11687

Karen Surmani : Teach Yourself To Sing

Review: For beginners with no prior musical training. Learn the basics of singing including breathing, posture, warming up and more. Includes an easy and comprehensive approach to reading music. The Enhanced CD has an audio portion with practice exercises, demonstrations by professional singers and exciting accompaniments to sing along with. The software portion includes an interactive song player, which lets you adjust tempos, mix accompaniment tracks, record your performance and transpose song accompaniments to any key! There are 40 all-time favorite songs included in the book in a variety of styles, from Popular, to Jazz, Classical and Musical Theater. Book & CD

Chapters: Getting Started, The Basics of Singing, More Basics of Singing, Interpreting Vocal Music, Performing Music

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6054b | Book & 1 CD $19.95 Beginning Singing


Karen Surmani / Kevin Mitchell : Rock Singing Techniques : 01 Book & 1 CD :  : 14931

Karen Surmani / Kevin Mitchell : Rock Singing Techniques

Review: This book covers what every rock singer needs to know. Exercises and songs are included to help you strengthen your voice and extend your range. Live and studio singing is explained including information on the equipment you'll need to sing with a band. The CD includes accompaniments for songs and exercises.

Chapters: The Singer Within, The Basics of Singing, Advanced Rock-Singing Concepts and Techniques, Making It Happen: Singing Live with a Band, Making It Happen: Singing in the Studio

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6063b | Book & 1 CD $10.95 Rock Singing Instructional


Karen Surmani : Sing at First Sight, Level 1 : 01 Book :  : 22017

Karen Surmani : Sing at First Sight, Level 1

Review: A sequential sight singing curriculum for all choirs. Each of the six units (containing four lessons each) clearly introduces new music reading concepts, reinforces those concepts with several rhythm and pitch exercises, motivates students with helpful hints and challenge exercises, and concludes with fun-filled review games and "Evaluating Your Performance" questions. The helpful "Getting Ready" pages (which precede each unit) are filled with music fundamentals, and for choirs who have never read music before, an optional "Before We Begin" chapter opens the book. And it's all neatly laid out in a 96-page octavo sized publication; a perfect fit for your students, and their folders. From whole notes to sixteenth note patterns, seconds to sevenths, key signatures, dynamics, articulations, and tempo markings; it's all here, and it's all logically ordered to insure student success! Spend just a few minutes a day with this book and your choir, too, will learn to "Sing At First Sight!"

Chapters: Quarter None, Quarter Rest, Do, Re, Half Note, Half Rest, Mi, Fa, Whole Note, Whole Rest, Sol, La, Eighth Note, Eighth Rest, Ti, High Do, Choral Designs: "Song of Joy" by Jay Althouse, Review: Scavenger Hunt, Find the Wrong Note, Name That Tune, Evaluation Your Performance, Tie, Dotted Half Note, Low Ti, High Re, Dotted Quarter Note, Low La, Low Sol, Intervals, 2nds, 3rds, Choral Designs: "Sleep, My Child" by Mary Donnelly and George L.O. Strid, Dotted Half Note, Low Ti, High Re, Dotted Quarter Note, Low La, Low Sol, Intervals, 2nds, 3rds, Choral Designs: "Sleep, My Child" by Mary Donnelly and George L.O. Strid, 3/4 Time, 2/4 Time, 8ths/Octaves, Eighth-Quarter-Eighth Note Pattern, 4ths, 5ths, Choral Designs: "Where Go the Boats" by Dave and Jean Perry, 6ths, 7ths, Changing Meter, Pick-up Notes, Sixteenth Note, Sixteenth-Eighth Note Patterns, Choral Designs: "La Musica" by Jerry Estes, Rounds/Canons, Two-Part Harmony, Dotted Eighth Note, Dotted Eighth-Sixteenth Note Patterns, Triplet, Choral Designs: "Frozen December" by Jackie O'Neill, 2/3 Time/Cut Time, 6/8 Time, 9/8 Time, Three-Part harmony (Treble), Three-Part Harmony (Mixed), Choral Designs: "Alleluia Madrigal" by Donald Moore, "Sing Alleluia, Allelu!" by Andy Beck "I Am a Small Part of the World" by Sally K. Albrecht and Jay Althouse

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6033b | Book $7.95 Sightsinging Material

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