Monday, July 27, 2015

How Many Miles to Babylon?

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Tone Set: s mrd
Rhythm: ta; ta di; ta-a; ta dimi; ta-a di
Mode/Scale: tetratone
Melody: s-m-r-d
Phrase Form: question and answer

Other: Game
Prepare:
Present:
Practice: ta-a di
Prove/Assess:
Source: 120 Singing Games


Two lines face each other.  One group sings the questions, the other the answers.  Both lines step forward and back while singing.  On “Here’s your beck, here’s your bow,” group 1 beckons and then group 2 forms arches with clasped hands and raised arms, and group 1 runs through the arches.

The two lines have now switched places.  The song is repeated, with each group taking the other’s role.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A la rueda, rueda

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Spanish:
A la rueda, rueda de pan y canela,
Dáme un besito y vete pa’ la escuela,
Y si no quieres ir, ¡acuéstate a dormir!
En la hierbabuena y en el toronjil.
English:
To the ring, to the ring of cinnamon bread,
Kiss me goodbye and go on to school.
And if you don’t want to go, then back to sleep,
in the mint and lemon balm pads!

Tone Set: sfmrd
Rhythm: ta; ta di; qr; single eighth note, er
Mode/Scale: pentachord
Melody: f-r; s-r
Phrase Form: a1 a2 a3 a4

Other: Moving in a circle with possible speed and direction changes at phrase endings.
Prepare:
Present:
Practice: fa
Prove/Assess:
Source: A la rueda, rueda, Cabrera & Esquenazi

Friday, July 24, 2015

Go Tell Aunt Rhody

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Verse 1
Go tell Aunt Rhody (x3)
That the old grey goose is dead.
Verse 2
The one she’s been saving (x3)
To make a feather bed.
Verse 3
Old gander’s weeping (x3)
Because his wife is dead.
Verse 4
The goslings are mourning (x3)
Because their mother’s dead.
Verse 5
She died in the millpond (x3)
Standing on her head.



Tone Set: sfmrd
Rhythm: ta; ta di; ta-a; ta-a-a-a
Mode/Scale: pentachord
Melody: s-f-m; r-f-m
Phrase Form: a b c d

Other: Accompanying Book: ISBN 0-689-80765-1
Prepare:
Present: fa; ta-a-a-a
Practice:
Prove/Assess:
Source: Folk Songs North America Sings, Johnston, Pg 41

Good Bye, Old Paint

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VERSE 1
Old paint’s a good pony,
He runs when he can.
Good morning young lady,
My pony won’t stand.
VERSE 2
I’m a-riding old paint,
I’m a-riding old fan.
Goodbye little Annie,
I’m off for Montan’.
VERSE 3
Oh, hitch up your horses,
And feed them some hay.
And seat yourself by me
As long as you stay.
VERSE 4
My horses ain’t hungry
They’ll not eat your hay.
My wagon is loaded,
And rolling away.


Tone Set: m’r’d’ ls mrd
Rhythm: ta; ta di; qr; ta-a; ta-a di
Mode/Scale: extended pentatone
Melody: l-d-l; s-d’; m’-r’-d’
Phrase Form: ABA (ternary)

Other: D.C. al fine; slurs, 3/4
Prepare: ta-a di
Present: anacrusis
Practice:
Prove/Assess:
Source: American Folk Songs for Children, Ruth C. Seeger

Hop Up, My Ladies

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Tone Set: r’d’ ls mrd
Rhythm: ta; ta di; qr; ta-a; single eighth note; er; ta di di
Mode/Scale: extended pentatone
Melody: d-d’
Phrase Form: a1 a2 a1 b

Other:
Prepare:
Present:
Practice: ta di di
Prove/Assess:
Source: The Kodály Method, Choksy, Pg192

Sourwood Mountain

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VERSE ONE
Chicken corwin’ on Sourwood Mountain, hey de-ing dang diddle ally day.
So many pretty girls I can’t count ‘em, hey de-ing dang diddle ally day.
My true love she lives in Letcher, hey de-ing dang diddle ally day.
She won’t come and I won’t fetch her, hey de-ing dang diddle ally day.
VERSE TWO
My true love’s a blue-eyed daisy, hey de-ing dang diddle ally day.
If I don’t get her, I’ll go crazy, hey de-ing dang diddle ally day.
Big dog bark and little one bite you, hey de-ing dang diddle ally day.
Big girl court and little one slight you, hey de-ing dang diddle ally day.
VERSE THREE
My true love lives up the river, hey de-ing dang diddle ally day.
A few more jumps and I’ll be with her, hey de-ing dang diddle ally day.
My true love lives up the holler, hey de-ing dang diddle ally day.
She won’t come and I won’t foller, hey de-ing dang diddle ally day.


Tone Set: d’ ls mrd l,s,
Rhythm: ta; ta di; takadimi; ta dimi; takadi; ta mi
Mode/Scale: extended pentatone
Melody: r-d-l,-s,; l-d’-l’-m
Phrase Form: a1 a2 b b

Other:
Prepare:
Present: ta mi
Practice: takadimi; ta dimi; takadi
Prove/Assess:
Source: Sourwood Mountain, Tacka & Howell, Pg 34-35, OAKE Publication

Colorado Trail

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Tone Set: d’ ls mrd
Rhythm: ta; ta di; qr
Mode/Scale: extended pentatone
Melody: m-s-d’; d’-l-s; r-d-m-r; m-r-d
Phrase Form: a1 a2 a1 b

Other:
Prepare:
Present: Do’
Practice: ta; ta di; qr; la so mi re do
Prove/Assess:
Source: 35 Kodály Lesson Plans, Sr. Lorna Zemke, Pg 51

Tideo

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Tone Set: d’ ls mrd
Rhythm: ta; ta di; takadimi
Mode/Scale: extended pentatone
Melody: m-s-l; m-r-d; m-s-d’
Phrase Form: a1 a2 b b

Other: Game
Prepare:
Present: takadimi
Practice:
Prove/Assess:
Source: An American Methodology, Eisen & Robertson

Game:

Double circle of players: partners facing partners.  Each time the students sing “pass” they step one person to their left.  Each time they sing “Ti-de-o” they pat their legs, clap their hands, and pat partner’s hands. When they sing “jingle at the window” they ring the dishrag.  On the third line of music, they sing “Ti-de-o” and do the pat, clap, pat with the new partner and trade places with that person.

Turn the Glasses Over

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This double-circle game is slightly more complicated than "Sailing on the Ocean." It involves moving in opposite directions in concentric circles, changing direction on musical cues and choosing a partner at exactly the right moment.

Form partners with boys on the inside and girls on the outside, and step clockwise in a circle with hands clasped in skating position (left hands clasped under, right hands over). At the words "turn the glasses over" drop hands. Outside circle then goes counter-clockwise while inner circle continues clockwise. On the word "ocean" (lose your girl in the ocean) partners grab hand and begin again.

To make it harder, the odd man out stands in the middle of the formation and steals a partner.


Tone Set: ls mrd l,s,
Rhythm: ta; ta di; ta-a
Mode/Scale: extended pentatone
Melody: s,-d; m-d-s; d-m-s;
Phrase Form: a1 b c a2

Other: Dance in source.  Cup Game can accompany.
Prepare:
Present:
Practice: l,; s,
Prove/Assess:
Source: Just Five, Robert Kersey; 120 Singing Games; Kodály Context, Pg 228

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Partner Songs

Partner Songs

I love partner songs, and these two are my very favorite.  Land of the Silver Birch and My Paddle.  I've put the score for each below, and they are also linked to their separate blog posts.  These songs are absolutely gorgeous, and kids love them!  Just make sure you use them to teach more than just partner songs.

Land of the Silver Birch Lyrics

VERSE 1
Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver.
Where still the mighty moose wanders at will.REFRAIN
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more.
Boom de de boom boom, Boom de de boom boom, Boom de de boom boom, Boom.
VERSE 2

High on a rocky ledge I'll build a wigwam.
Close by the water's edge silent and still.
REFRAIN
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more.
Boom de de boom boom, Boom de de boom boom, Boom de de boom boom, Boom.

My Paddle (Canoe Song) Lyrics

My paddle's keen and bright, flashing with silver.
Follow the wild goose flight, dip, dip, and swing.
Dip, dip and swing her back, flashing with silver.
Swift as the wild goose flies, dip, dip and swing.

Land of the Silver Birch

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VERSE 1
Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver.
Where still the mighty moose wanders at will.
REFRAIN
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more.
Boom de de boom boom, Boom de de boom boom, Boom de de boom boom, Boom.
VERSE 2
High on a rocky ledge I'll build a wigwam.
Close by the water's edge silent and still.
REFRAIN
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more.
Boom de de boom boom, Boom de de boom boom, Boom de de boom boom, Boom.


Tone Set: ls mrd l,
Rhythm: ta; ta di; qr; ta dimi; ta di di
Mode/Scale: extended pentatone
Melody: l,-m; m-l; s-m-d; m-d-l,; l,-d
Phrase Form: a b1 b2 c

Other: Partner Song with My Paddle, c section can be an ostinato.
Prepare:
Present:
Practice: la,; ta dimi
Prove/Assess:
Source: Kodály Method, Choksy, Pg 166