Ms. Berar: “Knock Knock…”
Student: “Who’s there?”
Ms. Berar: “A little, old lady…”
Student: “A LITTLE, OLD LADY WHO??”
Ms. Berar: “Oh WOW!!! I didn’t know that you knew how to Yodel !?!?”
When saying this line, try singing it and it will sound like you are yodeling: “A little, old lady who?”
Here is one of my favourite scenes from my favourite movie of all time, “The Sound of Music,” filmed in 1965. Based on the real-life story of the vonTrapp family who fled their homeland in Austria from the Nazis during World War II.
The film is based on the Broadway Play written and composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. In this video, the VonTrapp children, along with their governess (nanny), are performing “The Lonely Goatherd” using marionette puppets and singing.
Yodeling is a form of singing which involves repeated and rapid changes of pitch between the low-pitch (chest register or “chest voice”) and the high-pitch (head register or “head voice” aka “falsetto”). This vocal technique originates from the Austro-Bavarian word “jodeln,” meaning “to utter the syllable jo” (pronounced “yo” in English). This vocal technique is used when singing in many cultures worldwide.
In this video, the von Trapp children perform a goodnight song to the guests at their father’s party. It is titled, “So Long Farewell…”
My friends, it has been a wild and yet a wonderful school year, hasn’t it? I want to wish all of my students and families the very best for the summer break!!! Enjoy this time as best as you can! Hopefully, we will meet before too long and we will make music again. Keep a song in your heart my lovely friends and until then… TTFN! (Ta Ta For Now…)
Ms. Ravena Berar