Singers in Melodia are introduced to a traditional choir rehearsal format, with a focus on rehearsing choral music and developing vocal technique. The choir sings in unison (one part) and is introduced to the exciting skill of singing songs in multiple parts by learning two-part rounds. Melodia singers learn foundational singing technique, and develop sight-singing and ear training skills. Singers also develop their musicality by participating in weekly group folk dancing sessions.
Melodia performs in the Columbia Choirs concert series and in the community throughout the year.
Young singers will be admitted to Melodia upon audition or promotion from Prima.
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Rachel Teigen Brackett is the K-5 General Music Teacher and Choir Director at Lakeview Elementary in Kirkland. Rachel is in her 17th year of teaching and has been with Lake Washington School District for the past 13 years, previously she taught in Bethel and Seattle School Districts. She also teaches education and arts integration courses at Northwest University and Seattle University. In addition to these assignments Rachel has instructed private voice, piano, guitar and ukulele. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University in 2002 and her Master’s in Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley University in 2005. She received her National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Music in 2009. She has been singing and performing all her life and has immense passion and enthusiasm for bringing the joy of music to children! Rachel plays the music teacher “Miss Melody” in the children’s music curriculum “First Note” and frequently performs at preschools and birthday parties as a musical entertainer. She lives in Seattle with her husband and five-year-old daughter. She is thrilled to be joining the staff at Columbia Choirs this year!